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Moving is Ruff: Tips for Dog Owners on Finding the Right Home

Posted By Carey Scott @ Jan 29th 2018 8:56am In: Relocation

Moving can be a stressful time for most people. It’s difficult to pack up your life and move it to a completely new environment. It can also be a stressful time for your pets. Whether you’re already a dog owner or planning to get a dog soon, there are some things you should consider before buying a new home. The following is a list of things to look for to find the perfect home for you and your dog, and how to help them adjust during and after the move. 

1. Plan for how much space you’re going to need. Your furry friend will end up taking up more space than you might think, so try to base your living situation on the size of your dog. PetMD has a helpful list of dogs that are great for different sized homes. Chihuahuas and pugs, for example, are perfect for apartments because they don’t need much space to run around, but dogs like bulldogs and greyhounds will need a little more space. 

2. Look for a home with either a yard or nearby outdoor area that is dog-friendly. Ready Pet Go notes that the yard situation is one of the most important decisions to make before deciding on a new home. The site recommends a bigard for large dogs along with an outside faucet for washing them. Building a fence is another way to allow your dog ample space to run around without the worry of them getting loose. Just be sure to choose a fence that matches your home’s style and will keep your dog safe. 

3. Find a nearby vet, and be sure your dog is microchipped. It’s hard to think about your dog getting sick or running away, but these things can happen, so it’s extremely important that you’re prepared. Do some research on what kinds of vaccinations your dog might need before moving to a new area, and find a vet that is nearby so you don’t have to make a long trip if there’s an emergency. 

In the event that your dog gets lost during your move, having them microchipped could bring them home quickly and safely. If your dog isn’t microchipped or doesn’t have an identification tag, be sure to do these things before making the trip. 

How to Adjust Your Pet to Your New Home

 Moving is only half the battle. Here are a couple of tips on helping your pet acclimate once you’ve reached your final destination.

 1. No matter how different your home may be, make it feel familiar. Just like humans, dogs get used to a certain routine every day. When suddenly everything changes, it can be quite stressful for them. When you’re moving into your new home, allow your dog to take their time adjusting to the new setting. As they begin to explore the new home, put out things that are familiar to them. Their food and water bowls, favorite toys, and crate will remind them of home and make them feel safe.

 2. Know your dog, and prepare accordingly to avoid anxiousness. Some dogs may adjust more quickly than others when put into a brand new environment, but be sure to pay attention to how yours acts in order to keep them happy. Your dog may want to be near you for the first few days because that’s where they feel safest, or they may feel secure inside of their crate. You may even want to have a friend or family member watch a dog that finds loud noises and unfamiliar environments to be stressful.

Whether it’s big or small, your dog is a valuable member of your family, and it’s important to keep them feeling safe and sound. If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to making your new home a happy, healthy, and fun environment for everyone.

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