by Tom LeGrice, Saturday, 22 November 2014
At this time of year we hear a lot about property prices, auction clearance rates and the next
housing bubble. But what does that mean for the pets of families moving into new homes?
Those of our community members who have moved house with a pet may have noticed
dramatic changes in their pet’s behaviour. Here are a few considerations to help you
understand what your dog might be going through during and after a move.
Uprooting your entire life and planting it somewhere else can be one of the most stressful
times a person can go through. And if you think it's tough for you, consider how tense and
confusing this can be for your dog or puppy.
Dogs are creatures that thrive on routine living, not known for their flexibility. This is why,
when you use pethomestay.com we recommend you socialise your dog with your Host prior
to the stay – it’s a better option for helping your dog transition into a new environment.
Dogs become extremely comfortable and self-confident once they get used to the same
day to day activities that repeat themselves. This includes waking up at the same time each
morning, the same feeding times, or knowing when you're coming home from work.
Above all, dogs become accustomed to expecting the same atmosphere in their home.
Moving disrupts your dog's entire routine expectations. Between you and the rest of the family
packing up everything in the home, shipping items, coming and going, constantly traveling
back and forth in and out of the house, all of this is enough to drive a dog crazy, especially
when you have a young puppy.
When Good Dogs Go Bad Due To Stress
Even the best trained dogs can become so stressed and anxious from a moving experience
that they may revert back to their old puppy behavior in order to cope with the stress that
they are going through. This behavior may include hyperactivity, urinating inside the house,
unexpected jumping and barking, and even some nipping and biting.
It Is Perfectly Normal Behavior
There is good reason for this bad behavior from a puppy who does not realise what is going
on around them during a busy move. You have basically taken everything that they know and
learned and turned everything upside down.
Think about the last time you were upset and nervous, what were your vices? What did
you do that helped you cope with the situation which might not have been the best of your
character? Now consider the fact that this is a dog we are talking about and so his bad
behavior is understandable. He is stressed and confused.
Avoid Scolding Or Punishing Your Dog
It’s completely understandable if your first response to your pet's behavior is to yell and
punish him. You are also probably stressed with financial matters, having your old home
cleaned, ensuring that all of your stuff gets to the new home okay, etc. but when it comes to
your dog and dealing with misbehavior towards the situation, be patient and understanding so
that your dog will feel safer during the busy transition during the move.