How to Make Your Dog Feel Secure During a Move
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If you have been following along with our site, I am sure you all know that we recently closed on our second home. It was a bittersweet moment. We loved our first home, but it had become too small for our growing family of five. The good thing is we have so many awesome memories to cherish forever from our first home.
A few of our fondest memories include us welcoming our son home into our first house, having my father help us there, and adopting our first family dog Beasley.
Our little dog Beasley not only knew our original back yard so well, but she also knew all the sunny spots on the floor at different times of the day in our living space
She loved our first home, and I was a little anxious at first wondering how she would adjust to our new home. After some trial and error, I wanted to share what worked best for us during our house move.
A big HINT is that the process was made a whole lot smoother and tastier thanks to lots of love, patience, and treats like Pup-Peroni. I was recently asked by Pup-Peroni to create some unique tips for when to treat your pup and I wanted to share with you: How to Make Your Dog Feel Secure During a Move.
Moving Tips for Dog Owners:
Packing: When packing, be sure to not pack any of your dog accessories or toys until the very end. Like a child, dogs want comfort and familiarity. My dog gets stressed so easily so I made sure that her crate and belongings were the very last to move into the new home (before she got there).
Get a Familiar Pet Sitter During the Moving Process: If you are lucky enough to live near a family member, or friend that your dog loves, consider having them watch your pet during showings/physical moving. For us, we removed our dog’s crate for open houses and brought all her personal effects to a family member’s home where she stayed.
My dog really had no clue what was going on, but she sure was spoiled at her grandmother’s home and loved every second of it. This kept her comforted and helped us to show her we were not abandoning her.
Travel: While our dog does have a carrying tote for vet travel, we did not use this for the home transition. Like most dogs, my little dog equates this to a stressful trip to the vet. We allowed her to safely sit in the back seat with the kids to make sure she was as comfortable as possible while driving to our new home.
New Home Introductions:
When our dog first visited our new home, she was so confused. She was a little cautious to enter into the home, but quickly got adjusted once she saw her crate, food, bedding, and toys. We moved her personal effects into the home earlier so she could get used to the home, and feel safe right away.
For outdoors, consider only bringing your dog outside with a leash until he/she gets used to the yard. My dog was used to our fenced in yard so the invisible fence we have for her was a complete adjustment that we all worked on. Using her leash to show her the safe areas where she could freely reign was a huge help!
Keep Their Schedule the Same
Just like a small child exploring a new home, my dog was in awe that she had so much more space. She explored nearly every room and did such a good job inside. However, a large part of her success in fully adjusting to our new space was keeping her on her daily schedule. Our dog knows on the hour when she goes outside, when it is meal time, play time, and treat time. Since she was such a good little girl of course she got extra treats.
Beasley’s favorite dog treats are the meaty type. Treats like Pup-Peroni do not get buried or hid by Ms Beasley. She definitely devours those safely within seconds and loves every single meaty moment of them.
We usually buy the Pup-Peroni Original Beef Flavor Dog Treats (38 ounces) at Walmart. The bag is a larger size and is resealable. It is perfect for treating our little dog daily and showing her how much she is loved by all of us in our new home.
My kids LOVE to play chase with little Beasley and give her Pup-Peroni treats when she sits, rolls or gives her paw to them. Our 5-year-old is totally BFF’s with Beasley and together they have the energy that I myself could only wish for!
Why treat your dog to Pup-Peroni?
These meaty dog treats are made with real meat like beef, steak, and bacon as the #1 ingredient. They are so mouth-watering to my dog that she will not even bring them back to her crate to save for later. Pup-Peroni treats get gobbled up in seconds!
You can find Pup-Peroni treats at Walmart. They are available in many flavors, and sizes!
What are some ways you helped your dog feel secure during a move?