Moving to a new home is an exciting experience, but the sudden change can stress out your dog. Here are a few ways to help them feel welcome and comfortable upon arrival.
How to Introduce Your Dog to a New Home
1. Create a Personal Space
Just as you and your family members will claim bedrooms, you should make a space for your dog. Put their bed or crate in a central location that’s easy to find from the front door, such as the living room, and surround it with their toys and blankets. Place water and food bowls nearby as well. They’ll start to feel more at home in their own spot, surrounded by familiar items.
2. Explore Slowly
If you’re moving to a big house, let your dog explore it gradually. Close doors to other areas of the home. Each day, let them sniff around a new room or hallway. They’ll feel less overwhelmed doing it in steps rather than running around the entire property trying to familiarize themselves with everything. You can also keep them out of not yet unpacked rooms this way. If they’re apprehensive about exploring, be patient. You can encourage them by hiding some of their favorite treats around the house.
3. Show Plenty of Affection
It’s easy to get caught up in the hassles of moving and forget about your dog. However, to make them feel more at ease, you should stick with their usual feeding, exercise, and bathroom routine. Shower them with affection when they do a good job of using the bathroom outside or resting in their crate as well to let them know they’re on the right track.
If you want to take the stress out of moving with your pet, work with Aloha International Moving Services in Kapolei,. As one of the only FIDI-FAIM-certified moving companies in Hawaii, they assist with relocations throughout the islands. They also offer comprehensive packing, warehousing, and office installation services. Call (808) 682-2500 or visit their website to request a quote today.