Moving into a new home can be a grueling process for all of us… including our pups.
I got my dog Rory right after graduating from college, and he has made several moves with me since then. Upon graduating from college in Boulder, we moved to a luxury apartment in Anaheim, CA. A year later, we moved back to Denver! In order to make each move as easy as possible, I have tried to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Here are some of my ideas to make moving easy on you and your furry friends:
- Identify their area of the house. Whether you crate your dog, or let them roam the apartment, I have found it helpful to identify a place that they can call their own. Rory loves his bed in the full sized laundry room. Wherever you choose, it’s important to note that dogs like to have their territory or safe place in the home.
- Bribe them. My go-to strategy is to buy a few new toys and treats for Rory to chew on, in order to distract him, get out some nervous energy and create a positive experience. Rory barely notices I’m gone with a big bone in front of him.
- Take a walk. Taking your dog for walks around your new area will give them the mental and physical stimulation they need as well as familiarize them with their new surroundings.
- Tire them out. Immediately upon moving, I locate the nearest dog park and hiking trails. Running around will help a dog burn off some of their nervous energy and help them relax when they get back to their new home. I find that walking Rory in the mornings before I leave him alone is especially helpful to reducing any excess energy that he has.
Just remember, patience, patience, and patience… you will enjoy your new home together in no time!
These are just a few tips from my own experience. Share your best tips below!