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How to Ease the Stress of Moving

by Tasha Ardalan:

Moving to a new home is not only stressful for you, but it is stressful for your furry friends, too.  Cats and dogs can get very attached to their surroundings, and having to move away from familiar territory can be very upsetting to them.  Their comfort zone is gone but they don’t know why.  To help ease your pet’s stress, here are a few things you can do:

Although you will be busy during the move to your new home, try to give your pet plenty of attention.  Make time to play or even just spend some quiet time together.  A little extra love and affection can help provide your pet with the reassurance he needs to relax in his new environment.

Let your dog pick his own spot in the new house.  It is natural for your pet to explore his new territory by performing a thorough perimeter check.  He will probably sniff every nook, cranny and crevice he can find:  this is just his way of getting used to his new surroundings.  He might choose a quiet, out-of-the-way area where he can get comfortable and relax.  If he finds a spot to call his own, let him lay claim to the area if possible, at least for the time being, until he feels like venturing further into the house.

A pet will feel more secure in the new place if you bring items from the previous home.  Surround him with familiar goods such as toys, an old blanket, or a pet bed.  Give him items that have his scent and yours on them to help him feel more comfortable and at ease.

Be sure to maintain your old routine. Try to keep feedings, playtime and other routines similar to the way they were before the move, if at all possible.  Pets get used to routines, and adjusting to changes can take time.  Be patient with your pet.

Be very diligent.  Until your dog feels like master of his domain, he may try to wander off in search of his former homestead.  Make sure you take your dog on walks around your new neighborhood so he can get acquainted with the new smells, sights, and sounds.  This will help familiarize your dog with his new territory.

Try Lavender Mint Foxy Treats to help soothe your pet’s stress and anxiety.

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