Have you and your dog recently purchased your first house? If so, congratulations! You probably can’t wait to settle in and start playing fetch in your gorgeous new backyard. But before you can start enjoying your new home, you should take measures to ensure that your furry friend feels safe and content in your new abode. This checklist will help you ease his transition and make him feel at home.
Dog-proof your new home
Prevent any potentially dangerous situations by dog-proofing your new home in advance. You probably can’t wait to show him his new backyard, but you must make it safe for him first. If there is no fence around the perimeter of the property, have one installed. According to HomeAdvisor, a nice wooden fence should run you $1,712-$3,937 on average. If the yard already features a fence, inspect it for holes or missing boards, and have them repaired so that your pooch does not sneak out.
When taking him outside of the house, make sure you leash him until he has adjusted to his new environment. You may also need to use doggy gates outside to further control where he can go.
Find a new vet and get doggy identification
If you are moving to a new neighborhood, you may need to find a new vet. Decide on one in advance, and ask your old vet for a copy of your dog’s medical records to bring on your first visit. If you do this all ahead of time, you will not need to scramble in an emergency.
Make sure your dog has identification in case he does escape. You should already have a collar and identification tags on your dog, but if not, make sure you get this for him before your move. Include his name and your cell phone number at the very least. Find out if your state also requires dogs to wear a proof of rabies vaccination tag. You may want to consider having your dog microchipped if he isn’t already, and if he does have a chip, he will also need to wear a tag with the microchip company’s contact information on it.
Make the new house familiar
You may feel excited about this move, but your dog will likely feel stressed out about it. Help him to feel at home in the new house by making it as familiar to him as possible. Before he enters the house for the first time, have a safe space set up for him that resembles the one he had in the old house. When he sees his food, toys, bed and crate set up just like they were in the old house, he will know he is home. This safe space will also come in handy for securing him during the last stages of the move-in process.
Instead of buying all new toys, bedding and doggy bowls for the new house, bring the old ones, and keep them until he adjusts. It may sound strange, but don’t clean these items before the move. The familiar sights and smells will help ease his transition. Also, if you stick to the same feeding, exercising and playing routine as before, you will help calm his nerves about the move.
When moving with your dog into a new house, a little planning will go a long way to ensure his safety and well-being. Dog-proof your new home by installing a fence around the property and placing doggy gates where necessary. Decide on a new vet in advance, have all of his paperwork ready, and don’t forget to get him the appropriate identification. Help him acclimate to his new environment by making the new home as familiar as possible. These precautions and loads of kisses will help him feel at home in no time.
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