Moving House With Your Dog (how to keep stress to a minimum)
Planned Moving With Dog Reduces Stress
Dogs have feelings just like us. Obviously, you will know when your dog is happy or sad, when in pain or healthy. A dog can be stressed too with many things. Unquestionably, from a newborn baby in the house, change of environment, an absent owner which can lead to separation anxiety.
Importantly, dogs are companion beings to us alongside providing security and being pets. The top factors that cause stress in dogs are fear of noises, confusion as they age and unknown or new environments. Clearly, when a dog owner is away for many hours and the dog is alone can lead to stress.
Socialization Reduces Stress
Socialization when young and training can help reduce stress. Apart from this, sometimes the dog behavior might change when introduced to a new environment or left alone in a home.
We have cameras that can monitor and remotely watch your four-legged friend from far. Also, some food dispensers are programmed according to a dog feeding schedule and use your voice to reassure your dog that he is not alone.
A dog can be sensitive as they are used to your company and when left alone can create separation anxiety.
Some destructive behavior may be observed like tearing furniture and curtains. As well as, barking, messing the house up, and urinating. Despite this, training and exercising the dog can prevent boredom.
Reward good behaviour and the dog will associate it with praise and rewards (treat/toy). As the dog owner, you will have a balance for obedience in relation to the positive action.
Alternatively, we have drugs to calm the dog down during separation anxiety. I would recommend obedience training and discipline to get him to good behavior.
A dog that has been crate trained is easy to transport around when moving. Start slowly by feeding him from the crate. After a while start throwing his favourite toy inside the crate until he is used to entering. Without a doubt, he will be more comfortable to go inside voluntarily. Make the crate comfortable by placing a blanket to sleep on.
Subsequently, have a water bottle attached to the crate for easy drinking when thirst and a food bowl.
Crate Training Benefits
A crate is a good dog item that can be useful when taking him to the vet, when moving houses, on a road trip, or indoors when training house rules.
Separation anxiety can be triggered by moving to a new residence. Crate training is a safe way of transporting your dog in a car if you haven’t installed a dog guard or in the air.
In addition, it is a good way to restrict his movement when carrying him along in an area he is not allowed to roam freely. The crate offers calm and safety in case of an accident and the dog is not able to distract the driver.
Crate training can take weeks but once your dog is used to it he will be happy and safe there when moving. Let him associate the crate with good memories or something pleasant.
Moving entails a lot of packing not for you only but also for your loved ones, including your pets. Getting used to new places can be an uphill task. A lot of planning is required to avoid stressing your dog.
You have to pack your dog food, toys, medical records, bed, collars, dog supplies, etc. Moreover, Label the boxes well for easy unpacking upon arrival.
Tips on How to Prepare your Dog when Moving
Plan, Get Moving Boxes before Packing
Dogs can’t speak hence prepare your dog before the moving day. Have everything you need for packing, for instance, boxes, tapes, and bubble wraps for your dog to get accustomed too.
If you will use a crate or kennel to move him start putting treats or favourite toy inside until he goes voluntarily inside.
Unquestionable, the day of moving it will be easy to get him in with no problem.
As much as you want your dog comfortable with the moving boxes before the said day, keep an eye on him to prevent any damages and accidents.
Change Things in Phases Gradually
Dogs being territorial they do not want their spaces disturbed or changed, move houses but do not buy new dog items.
Let the dog continue with their favourite toys, the bed he was used to, and the food and water bowl.
The change should be gradual and in stages not abrupt. You have a new home let him get used to it first and make it a familiar place like the former house.
Keep Dog Busy
Keep your furry friend occupied, busy, and give him lots of your time and love to avoid any boredom creeping in. Boredom can lead to destructive behavior like chewing, pacing, barking which can annoy neighbours.
If the packing is a lot and overwhelming delegate the dog duties to a friend, family member, or a dog walker to keep up with his daily routine.
Keep Him Company in the New Place
Don’t be in a hurry to leave him alone at the new residence unsupervised.
Spend quality time with him preferable weeks until he is used to the new residence and knows his way around the house. Once he adapts leave treats and toys for him when you leave him alone.
Do not make it obvious when leaving, use a different door unnoticed if he makes troubles or fusses.
Leave him his favourite toys to play with and treats to keep him happy.
If you work away from home you can carry him to work if allowed until he gets used to being left alone at home.
Let Him Adjust at Own Time
Dogs are different some adjusts faster, in a few days while some can take even months. Know your dog and be patient and allow him to adjust at their own time. If you have family members staying with you delegate and let them assist keeping your dog company when you are away.
Causes of Separation Anxiety in Dog when Moving
Change of Routine
Separation anxiety is brought about by stress and change of routine and place hence give ample time to your dog. Keep him well exercised to remove any boredom, take him to the park for a game of fetch, go for a walk on a leash, groom him to remove any pent up energy he has.
Dogs can know when you are sad or stressed and can affect their behaviour. Besides, keep the fun which will make moving a positive experience for both of you.
Change of environment or home can be stressful for the dog. Particularly, keep the routine unchanged it will be helpful. Do not try to introduce any new changes before your dog has adjusted.
Moving with a pet is a bit tricky. It can be stressful to you as you are the one packing and doing the heavy lifting.
It can be a strenuous exercise and dogs are good at picking body languages even with body strains.
Not only can moving be stressful and to a dog but also confusing as he is used to a routine and loves being territorial.
Although it can be hard to adjust, a pet can surprise you by adapting easily as you are there with them, all they need is your company, entertainment, and fun and the rest can be worked out.
Lastly, remember a dog can be stressed by a new baby in the house, noise, new environment, and separation anxiety. Keep the moving as easily as possible.