Shifting homes is rated amongst the top 10 stressful life events. And it is well documented that dogs are also affected by this stress.
Tips to help your dog settle in include:
- Remove them from the house on moving day to a familiar place (at a friend’s or relative’s)
- Keep to routine as much as possible (morning/afternoon walks, meal times)
- Bring your dog’s toys, blankets and crate with you and set them up early in the new residence
- Reinforce fences and gates to ensure your dog isn’t tempted to return home
…but I have another suggestion, based on our recent house move with Izzy…
Let your dog unpack boxes!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand