3 easy tips to help your dog adjust to a new environment.
If you are an avid follower of PetHomeStay’s blog, you may remember the post about moving. We return with a few extra tips in helping your pet adjust to a new environment. Some of these may even come in handy for the wonderful pet sitter’s here at PetHomeStay.com who are pet sitting in their own home.
When put into a new house you are completely changing everything about life that your dog has grown to know. Because he is such a routine-oriented pet, your dog will need some extra understanding and a little bit of patience in order to make him feel safe and confident while undergoing such a change, even if it’s only a temporary arrangement.
Adult dogs may handle the confusing experience of moving a little better than a puppy will, but either way, you should put into practice the following tips that will help your dog cope with the anxiety of moving or staying temporarily in your home:
1. Try playing some soothing music. When entering a new home, it can get a little stressful for both yourself and the dog. The new environment may create an extremely confusing atmosphere for your dog and he may resort to urinating on the carpet or practice other bad behavioural problems.
One way to alleviate this high energy anxiety is to play some soft music, such as classical. Music like this has a calming effect not only on you and your family members, but on your pet as well. Anything that can help lower the stress vibes of the rest of the family, in which your dog can sense, will go a long way in making him feel safer.
2. Do not isolate your dog. Some people make the mistake of isolating their dog in the backyard or in a crate while they are busy moving and packing boxes. This only adds to your dog's stress. Instead of treating him as a separate entity and confusing him more, try including him in all the fun and let him run around a little bit to check out what's going on. Of course he may still display some bad behavior, but it's better than keeping him locked up while everyone else is so busy. This also applies to PetHomeStay pet sitters. However, we know they are all passionate animal-lovers, so if they’re hosting a pet, it’ll be all free cuddles and not cages!
3. Ease into the transition. Take your dog with you and the rest of the family when you are moving boxes to and from the new house. If you thought that your dog will get stressed out from all of the changes at the old house with packing and moving, imagine what it's going to be like when he is faced with a strange and foreign area in the new home.
To alleviate this stress, help him become used to the new house by letting him inside for short intervals when you're bringing over boxes. Doing so will help your puppy become more comfortable with the changes taking place and slowly adjust to making the new house his home. Again, if you’re thinking of pet sitting in your own home, think about allowing the pet to have a short visit to get a feel of your home.
So now that you understand how to transition a pet into a new environment, consider signing up to PetHomeStay and becoming a pet sitter today.