Relocating to a new house is a whole lot of work, especially when you are doing it all by yourself. This includes going through an adjustment period, where you will feel the need to adapt to the new environment and other factors. Just like humans, our furry friends also need to have some time to settle in a new home. Although finding professional furniture removalists can help make relocating easier, it is ultimately your task to make sure you and your pet dog are adapting to the new way of living.
As veterinaries and animal lovers would agree that there is no specific time on when a dog can fully adjust to its new environment, it may take weeks and could be faster depending on how you and your pet adapt to the change. Dogs are accustomed to habits and routines, so a shift in their surroundings can make them stressed. Therefore, here are some tips that can help your dog feel at home even in a new location.
1. Keep their favorite items.
As preparation for the home transfer, do not forget your pet's favorite things. May it be their bed, toy, or even food bowls, keep everything as much as you could. It will give them a sense of familiarity and will save you some money than buying new ones.
2. Asking for help.
There is a common belief that when the pet owner is stressed, the pet is affected as well. Instead of causing anxiety to your pet, get all the help that you can get with your home transfer. Asking help from furniture movers can lessen the stress brought by the relocation from packing to unpacking. In this way, you can give more time and attention to the dog.
3. Keep things where they used to be.
If you acquired the services of the furniture movers, ask them to place your belongings in a similar arrangement as much as you can. It will help your pet to familiarize themselves with the new areas of the house. This could shorten their adjustment period as they can locate their personal areas in the same way in your previous house. It will also help you find dog-related items when you need them.
4. Adjust with your dog.
As much as possible, be with your dog all the time while they are on the adjustment period. Perhaps you had to relocate a long distance with your pet or decided to fly with your pet and get your car transported interstate; your pet will go through a lot during a move and will take some time to behave like their usual self. Take a short walk around the street or area every day on different periods, while they are on a leash. Always keep them not too far away from you; a dog's curiosity can get themselves lost in a new location. Enjoying a walk with your do will also help you know more about the area.
For sure, everything will not fall into its perfect place even after spending a day in your new home. You and your pet can adjust more easily if you can work it out together. It is important to always keep an eye on your dog during the adjustment phase. As a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to take care of them and ensure an easy transition as you start a new beginning in your new home.