Just like humans, dogs have different personality types. For example, while some dogs are very adaptable and independent, other dogs suffer from anxiety and are shy. Anxious dogs have difficulty adapting to new environments, such as moving. While you may be excited about the move, your dog may feel stressed to the point of not eating. However, there are steps you can take to make the moving process easier for your anxious dog.
Preparing for the Move
When moving with a dog, you need to make extra efforts to make your dog feel happy and playful. Dogs can sense when you are about to move. They see you packing, reorganizing and moving furniture. For this reason, even if you are busy packing and cleaning, you still need to give your dog the attention and exercise he needs. Avoid locking your dog in a room or in his kennel to prevent him from feeling anxious before the move even begins. You should also keep your dog’s feeding times consistent to avoid confusion. In addition to playing with your dog to avoid ignorance, be sure to take him out to distract him from the chaos in the house.
What to do during the move?
Once your dog has felt comfortable and happy during the preparation for the move, it’s time to manage the moving process. Moving to a new home and setting up everything in your new location can make your dog feel stressed. Some dogs get excited and run around in their new home. However, this is not the case for all dogs. Be sure to keep your dog with you throughout the moving process. Don’t leave him with anyone else, as he will worry more about you leaving them. When moving with a dog, your dog should be wearing identification in case he or she runs away. Be sure to bring all of your dog’s familiar toys and beds with you to make him feel more comfortable in a new place.
Adjusting to a new home
Once you’ve settled into your new home, don’t forget to pay attention to your dog. You can get caught up in the decorating and design of your new place, but it’s important not to make your anxious dog feel abandoned and forgotten. You can also keep your dog on a leash for the first week to avoid accidents. Remember to stick to a familiar routine so that your dog gets used to the house more quickly. Give your dog time to adjust to his new home before inviting lots of people over. People can cause additional stress for your anxious dog.