5 Easy Ways to Acclimate a Dog to a New House

How often do you move? If you live in a city, chances are you’ve moved at least once or twice. Moving into a new home is stressful enough without having to deal with a new pet too.

Moving into a new home can be a daunting task. Not only does it mean packing up all of your belongings and unpacking them when you arrive at your new space, but  you also have to spend time making a plan for your beloved pets and helping them adjust to their new surroundings. Thankfully, you can do several things to ease the transition for both you and your dog.

1. Make Sure You Plan Ahead

Whether your dog is moving with you on moving day or coming at a later time once you have everything set up, you need to have a plan in place. It’s important to choose the option that your dog will be the most comfortable with even if that means more work for yourself. If your dog is coming at a later date, you’ll need to make boarding arrangements whether at a kennel or with friends or family. If your dog is coming with you on moving day, you need to make sure that you have your dog’s familiar items (bed, toys, blanket, leash, food bowl, a few days worth of food, etc.) packed separately so they don’t get lost in the move.

2. Go on Neighborhood Walks

Going on walks together is a great way to explore your new neighborhood and help your dog adjust to the new space. This will help your dog familiarize itself with the neighborhood and find its way home if they ever get out. Neighborhood walks also introduce your dog to new smells and other neighborhood pets.

3. Let Your Dog Adjust Naturally

Just like with a child, you shouldn’t try to speed up the acclimation process for a dog. It’s important to take cues from your dog on how fast to go. If your dog seems sad or melancholy, don’t push the process.

4. Give Plenty of Treats

One way to help your dog adjust to a new space is to give plenty of treats. Anytime your dog bravely explores a new area or is able to be left alone for a bit of time, reward them with a treat. Of course, you should still give them treats just to remind them that this is a happy time and everything is okay.

5. Be Patient

Dogs are smart enough to realize that change is happening, but they don’t understand how long the change will last. This is why it’s important to be patient with your dog as everyone adjusts to the new living space. Be prepared for your dog to regress a bit in their behavior or independence, but instead of acting frustrated with your dog, you need to be patient and remind your dog that you still love them and that they’re safe and loved.

Moving is hard on anyone including pets. Spend time helping your dog adjust to their new home so they can be comfortable and feel safe.