Moving Into A New Home: What This Means For Your Dog – Dog Training Raleigh
While working with my colleague, a dog trainer in Nashville we discussed how moving affects dogs. Moving into a new home is one of the most stressful life events we can face. The preparations for moving and the actual move itself can cause a lot of anxiety for you and the entire family…including your dog!
The main reason why moving is such a pain (other than the physical stress of it, if you plan on skipping the hired movers), is the shift and loss in normal routines. Maybe your space is downsizing, and even if you are acquiring more square feet, it can still be daunting to imagine what is going to happen to all your things in your new home. The major change of environment is intimidating, but after time we adjust and begin our new lives in our new homes. Our dogs can achieve this as well, but some dogs may need help acclimating and feeling more comfortable in the new home.
Unfortunately, some people might find themselves in a tight position where they have to consider rehoming their dog because of moving. We always hope dogs can accompany their humans anywhere they go. If this is the case, we also want to make sure this move together goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the first things you want to do is be patient with yourself and with your dog. You’re both going to need to get used to this big change, and if your dog is acting out because of it, just be patient and stay consistent. Show your dog that just because he/she is in a new environment, that does not mean they can suddenly act inappropriate.
Along with this patience, set your dog up for success and help them feel more at home. Try to set things up somewhat similarly like at your old home, such as the placement of your dog’s crate, food and water bowls, your dog’s “place”, etc. Allow your dog to explore the new home, but if your dog has a habit of dominant marking, monitor the dog and be sure to prevent the opportunity.
You should also try to keep the same routines for your dog. If your dog is used to two meals a day, keep it that way. If your dog is used to three walks a day, stick with that. If your dog is normally crated during the day when you work, continue this, as this might also prevent any incidents from occurring. Along with quiet, calm time in the new home, try to give your dog some stimulation in and outside the home, whether it be through physical activity/exercise (hopefully you got a nice yard for your pup!) and/or training and mental exercises. This will keep your dog occupied, avoiding boredom, nervousness, and anxiety from forming.
After enough time, patience, and consistency, your dog will learn to identify your new house and their new home. Remember, your dog can pick up your energy and emotions very easily! It’s natural to be stressed before, during, and even after the move. Give yourself time to get adjusted, and through this, help your dog through this transition as well. Both you and your dog will feed off of each other – if one is acclimating well, the other will most likely follow suit shortly afterward. Set you AND your dog up for success and for a happy time in your new home!
If your dog is acting out or having issues adjusting to a new move, let us help you! Call 919-427-4755 and we’ll set up a reward-based training plan for you and your dog!