Post # 1
We all have difficulties adjusting to change, but what about our pets?
My dog has only lived in one home. I live at home with my parents and my puppy and soon we will be moving to a new house and it will just be me, her, and my Fiance (we were engaged when I adopted her so she knows him very well and is very in love with her “daddy” so that’s not an issue). She is very much a creature of habit and likes her routine so I am a little worried on how she will take this change. I want to make the move as comfortable as possible for her. I think the first time she comes we are going to have all new toys and a soccer ball(her favorite). I am hoping that if I try to make it fun she will be okay.
Has anyone gone through this and how did you pet adjust?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
My parents just made a big move into a smaller house that isn’t allowed to have a fenced in yard, so it’s a HUGE change for Tucker (he was 5 years old when they moved) who was used to a large backyard at their old house. He’s good off-leash, so he can still run around, but it didn’t take him very long to get used to it. Dogs have short memories and as long as you are there, that’s really all he needs to be stable.
Take him for walks, let him get used to the area, and maybe keep some of his old things around just so there are some familiar smells. Also, be sure that he has a similar “safe space” as his last home, whether that be a crate or the old bed he slept on. That’ll help him adjust! Dogs are so adaptable, I’m sure he’ll be fine!
Post # 4
Dogs are very resilient. My dogs are each from rescues so they had their first home (3-5 yrs for each of them), then their foster home for a few months, then my old apartment for 3 yrs. I moved in with Fiance in Oct then we all moved one last time in Jan. It takes some getting used to but a freindly familiar face makes all the difference in the world. Just be patient and please don’t be angry if they have lapses or confusion in areas where they were previously trained well. They just need time to adapt.
Post # 5
One thing that I noticed while moving with my dog is that she gets freaked out with a lot of boxes and during the moving process itself. We had someone watch her while we were moving then brought her to the new place and showed her all of her favorite things and it worked out well.
Post # 6
I would suggest getting her some kind of dog bed/blanket (if she doesn’t have one already). That way it will be her “security blanket” when you move. It will have all of the old familiar smells she is used to. My dog is seven and about 2 years ago we moved into the house we are in now. She was absolutely fine, although it will take some time for her to adjust and get used to all of the new smells and sounds!
Post # 7
My dog had a lot of issues when I moved. I adopted him from the city shelter at about 8 months and lived in a townhouse for the next 3 months or so. He was used to living with me, mom, step-dad, and sister (who was hardly around). Then I had to go back to school 8 hours away and we moved into a much smaller 2 bedroom condo, but with a larger yard.
He flipped because it was just my roomate and i and she was never really home. He was used to being crated all summer, but when I tried crating him at the new place he broke out every time. I even ziptied the crate and he would chew through it in 5 minutes flat. His nose was a mess (cut up and bleeding) so I had to stop crating him. He would destroy anything he could find when I wasn’t home because he was BORED (and he thought I was abandoning him every time i left)!
Moral of the story, set your doggy up for success! Keep everything picked up when you aren’t home so he can’t chew. Close doors to rooms you don’t want him in (bathroom, etc). Don’t leave food out in the kitchen. Make sure he has plenty of toys to chew on and play with. And when you are home give him lots of love and exercise.
Funny side story. We had a slding glass door off the kitchen that led into the backyard. We would enter and leave the house through the backyard instead of the front door because that is where parking was. The gate from the backyard to the parking lot was metal so you could see through it. My dog learned how to UNLOCK the door, open it, and wait for me at the gate until I got home everyday :p