Moving to a new home is an exciting adventure, both for you and your four-legged friend. However, the transition to a new address, a new neighborhood and a new environment can be a challenge for your dog. In this article we discuss how to cause your dog as little stress as possible during the move and how to ensure that your pet quickly feels at home in your new home.
Moving with the dog
When you know you're coming soon will move, it is important to prepare your dog in advance. Keep in mind that most dogs are creatures of habit and sudden changes can have a big impact on them. Take the time to gradually get your dog used to the idea of moving. We have tips!
Preparing your dog
As soon as you move into your new home, let your dog get used to the smells and the environment. Take the dog on a leash for an exploratory walk around the move. This way your dog can discover the new place at his own pace.
Moving with a dog and trust
During the move itself, it can be confusing for your dog with all the hustle and bustle and unfamiliar sounds. It is therefore advisable to have a trusted person or sitter with your dog when he is home alone. This way your dog will feel safer and less stressed. You can also let your dog stay with a trusted person from your area.
A quiet entrance into the new house
On the day of the move itself, it is important that you involve the dog as little as possible in the chaos. Let the dog stay in a familiar place, for example with friends or family, while the furniture is in place and the crowds decrease. Then place your dog's belongings in the new home and let him get used to it. If necessary, take the days off around the move so that you can be there for your dog. Your dog understands a lot more than you think.
Give the dog or cat time to acclimatize
Once inside the new home, give your dog time to explore and sniff everything. Place his familiar things in strategic places, such as his basket and toys. This helps your dog feel comfortable faster.
As owners, keep to the routine as much as possible
Although a lot is changing, try to maintain as many of your dog's old habits as possible. Feed him at the same times and take him for walks at the same times of day as before. This creates stability for your dog during the changes. Dogs are creatures of habit and sudden changes can make them restless and stressed.
Arrange a collar with a new address and telephone number together with your dog
It is important not to let your dog loose inside the new home until all boxes and furniture are in place. In case your dog doesn't quite know the way home yet, it's smart to wear a collar with his new address and phone number on it.
Get your pets involved
At the furnishing the new house you can involve your dog. Exploring the house quietly together and seeing where he feels most comfortable can have a positive influence on how quickly he feels at home.
Patience, love and attention
The days surrounding the move can be intense, but remember to be patient and loving with your dog. Give him the time he needs to get used to the new environment and show that your new house is also his home.
Moving with your dog requires good preparation and attention to his well-being. It is essential to make the transition to the new home as smooth as possible. With the right steps, patience and care, your four-legged friend will soon feel at home in your new home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare my dog for the move?
Start getting used to the idea of moving well in advance. Let your dog get used to new smells and stick to the daily routine as much as possible.
What should I do during the move itself?
Let your dog stay in a quiet place while the crowds are busy. Set up his things in the new house and give him time to acclimatize.
How do I ensure that my dog quickly feels at home in the new home?
Place familiar items in strategic places, maintain old habits as much as possible and give your dog patient loving attention.
When can I let my dog loose in the new home?
Once all the boxes and furniture are in place and you are sure your dog knows the new address, you can let him loose inside.
Is it necessary to give my dog a new collar with the new address?
It's a precaution in case your dog gets lost. It can help you find your dog faster if he gets lost in the new neighborhood. Then you no longer have to worry and think 'where is my dog going' when your dog walks a little further in front of you. This applies to every cat or dog, by the way. For example, buy your pet a collar with its new address.