Moving to a new home is a big decision that affects everyone in your family – even your pets. When you walk through a model home, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the emotional nature of the experience and overlook how your pup will adjust to the new space. A move can be quite disorienting for your furry friend, so here are a few things you can do to ensure a smooth transition.
Create a safe space
The hustle and bustle of your packing and moving routine can throw things out of whack in your home – so it’s important to create a safe space for your pet. This space should be the last room you pack, and should include all the things that make your pet comfortable.
Get your pet used to the area
In the months leading up to your move, make a habit (if possible) of visiting your new neighbourhood and walking your dog around, allowing him/her to get used to the sights, scents and layout of the new community. This will make them feel more comfortable once you’re there for good.
Allow for a gradual adjustment
Getting used to your new home will take your pet a little time, so you’ll want help them take it slow. Ensure that you set-up a safe space ASAP with all of their favourite things so that they feel a little more at ease – and then slowly introduce them to new areas of the home. It’s a great idea to save a few jugs of water from your old home, and slowly transition to the water in your new home.
You’ll also want to ensure that you get updated tags for your dog, so that if they happen to run off, or get lost, they’ll be returned safely. A move can be hard on your four-legged pal, but with a little love and patience, they’ll be comfortable in no time!