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5 Tips for Getting Your Dog Settled in a New Home

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After being confined to them for so long, we all grew a little tired of the same four walls.

And while the race is on to beat the reintroduction of stamp duty, you may be among the many homeowners rushing to get moved before being whacked with a hefty fee. 

Stressful as it may be, spare a thought for your canine companions too – research shows  that dogs often mirror the stress levels of their owners. So if you’re stressed, there’s a good chance that your four-legged friend will be as well.

If you’re preparing to move to a new home, here are five ways you can make the transition a little easier for your pampered pooch. 

  1. Dog Boarding 

Moving day can be manic. 

You’ll be in and out of both your old and new houses, carrying boxes and moving furniture.

If your dog is prone to bolting, or simply making a mischief, then it’s a good idea to board them over night.

Rover is an excellent network of pet sitters, so you can make sure that your pet is well taken care of on your busy day. 

  1. Allow for Exploration 

As long as you haven’t left any doors open, allow your dog the chance to explore the house in their own time. 

Depending on your dog’s personality, they might feel more comfortable if you accompany them on this little tour, while others are more independent and happier to investigate by themselves. 

Only you will know what’s best for your fur-baby, so be patient, and let them adjust to their new surroundings. 

  1. Beware of Allergens 

A new environment means potential exposure to new allergens. 

You might not even be aware, but just like us, our pets can suffer with allergies to dust, pollen and more. But the experts at companies such as Avacta Animal Health have worked tirelessly to give our companions the relief they need. 

If you can make yourself aware of the potential allergens your pet could be exposed to, then you’ll be better prepared treat your pooch, or even eradicate the allergens from your home.

  1. Keep Your Old Routines 

This can be difficult, especially in those first couple days while you’re trying to get yourself sorted.

But where possible, stick to your routines. Try to be in the house when you usually were, and feed and walk your dog at consistent times.

Simple steps such as these will give your four-legged friends a sense of security.

  1. Keep Your Old Furniture 

We aren’t suggesting that you never change your sofa, but in a similar vein to the routine, delaying your new purchases will enable your dog to feel more comfortable in their new homes.

Dogs rely heavily on scent and keeping as much of their familiar smells around will help to put them at ease.

Keeping your pampered pooch safe and free from stress while you move is important, they’re part of our families after all! 

Do you have experience moving with man’s best friend? Share your stories in the comments below!

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