Preparing your house for a pet
When you’re preparing to leave your old home to move into your new build home, it’s important to try to be as relaxed as possible.
Your dog will pick up on your emotions and you want them to be remain calm. You don’t want them feeling hyper or stressed.
To help them with the transition, take a look at our top five tips:
1.Pack their area last
You shouldn’t try to wash their blankets before the move. The familiar scent will bring comfort to your dog in their new surroundings.
2.Ask a friend for help
3.Stick to your routine
Dogs thrive off routine, so from day one in your new home you should try to stick to the same meal time routines, walk times and bed times. It can be a good idea to limit how many rooms they have access to, at least in the beginning, to prevent unwanted chewing or accidents that you don’t want.
You can put up safety gates and shut doors to do this. A calming spray or plug-in can stop your dog from feeling anxious.
Dogs can benefit from having a dog crate that they can retreat to when they want time on their own, especially when in a new environment. They might regress with their toilet training, but it’s important to keep putting them out and not get annoyed. If they do spray in the house, you’ll want to clean it up straight away and remove the odour.
Why not join them on walks or ask for recommendations if you’re new to the area?
5.Give them extra love
If your dog is feeling insecure in their new home they might bark more than normal and seem out of sorts, so give them lots of cuddles and attention.
Most people find it takes their dogs a few days to settle into a new home but every dog is different.
If your dog usually sleeps downstairs, try to keep this going in your new home. If you let them sleep on your bed, they’re going to want to do this every night, so stay strong.
Keeping your dog confined to one room or a crate when unsupervised, can help prevent any destructive behaviour. You don’t want your new flooring or furnishings getting damaged.