How to Help Fido Settle Into His New Digs

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Article Written by Cindy Aldridge. Photo via Pixabay.com

Moving into a new home is an exciting opportunity, but it can be stressful for a pooch who has no clue what’s going on.  Imagine going to bed one night and waking up the next morning to strangers in your home, moving your stuff and shuffling it out the door.  This can be a scary situation for your dog, but he will eventually grow to love your new home as much as the old one. If you’re wondering how to help Fido settle into his new digs, just remember… it may take a few weeks to adjust — these tips should help.

Pet-Proof Your Home First

Before you let your dog walk through the front door, you need to spend some time pet-proofing your home.  Like children, dogs tend to get into everything, so look at your home from their point of view and make the necessary adjustments.  In the bathroom and laundry room, make sure cleaners, detergents, bleach and medications are locked away or stored out of reach.  If you haven’t done so already, you might also consider revamping your cleaning routine with pet-safe products, especially if your pooch tends to lick and investigate while you clean.  Wires and cords in any room in your home should be tucked or covered to avoid chewing.  If you have children, make sure they stay vigilant about putting away small toys that can become choking hazards.  Don’t forget to pet-proof your yard as by repairing holes in fences and be sure to look around for plants that are poisonous to dogs too such as azaleas, daffodils, ivy, and wisteria.

Bring the Old Home to Your New Home

Moving is the perfect time to get rid of old items and free up some space, but now isn’t the time to throw away your dog’s favorite blanket, no matter how chewed up and smelly it is.  One of the first things you should do when unpacking is set up a comfy area for your dog filled with familiar items such as his bed, blankets, toys, and crate.  If Fido shares your bed with you (or hogs it), moving might be a good time to leave that old mattress behind and get a new one.  The general rule of thumb is that you should replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years, and having a dog snuggled up with you each night probably shortens that lifespan.  Shop around to find a mattress you’ll both love or use the new mattress as a reason to transition your dog to his bed and cut down on pet dander and restless nights. However, it’s best to wait several weeks before making any big changes to your dog’s regular routine.

Ease Everyone’s Anxiety

Some dogs get a little more nervous than others and when you throw a new environment into the mix, it could increase their separation anxiety.  It’s impossible to stay at home 24/7 and bringing your dog with you isn’t always an option, so consider investing in some products to help ease separation anxiety.  Swaddling jackets that provide gentle pressure are often an easy way to reduce your dog’s anxiety.  Dogs can’t resist treats, so a Kong dog toy filled with their favorite snack is a tasty distraction while you’re away.  You can even get a pet camera that allows you to see, talk and play with your pooch, giving you both peace of mind.

Another area of anxiety you may experience when moving is how your neighbors (and their pets) will get along with your dog.  After you’ve had a day or two to settle in, introduce your dog to the neighbors.  By doing so, you can learn about any pet courtesies, as well as if there are any neighbors who are fearful or not fond of dogs.  Be cautious when introducing your dog to other pets.  Don’t forget to ask about any dog parks in the area and maybe schedule a play date.

When you move, your dog has no idea what is going on, so it’s your job to help them acclimate to their new home.  Pet-proof first, then begin the home and neighbor introductions.  It’s a slow process, but you will both enjoy settling in together with these helpful tips.

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Moving In Winter: Avoiding Stress & Mess

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Article written by Cindy Aldridge. Photo courtesy of Jill 111 via Pixabay.

 

When moving to Florida from a snowy state, try these moving tips…

 

Moving in the wintertime can be a good decision, in part because moving companies are often wide open where dates are concerned and they may have discounted rates as well.  It’s important to remember that the temperatures and weather will have a major impact on how the move goes.  From packing to making sure your pets are safe and comfortable, starting with a solid plan will help ensure that nothing goes wrong and your move goes as smoothly as possible.
It’s also a good idea to prepare your children and pets for the big day.  Not only will this help ensure their safety, it will give you peace of mind, so you can focus on getting things taken care of.  Plan ahead and keep communication open with your family so everyone is on the same page.  Plan ahead regarding things like turning off the utilities in your old home; this is important, since moving day will likely be pretty cold.

 

Cover your floors

Depending on what type of flooring you have, you’ll want to lay down something to protect it.  For hardwood and tile, you can tape down inexpensive plastic tablecloths to keep snow, ice and rainwater from being tracked in.  For carpeting, put down some old throw rugs in the areas where the most foot traffic will be on moving day.  It might help to move as many items as you can into one room near the door; this way, the movers can just grab them and go.

 

Heat one room

If the utilities will be shut off in your old home on moving day, consider placing a space heater in one room.  This way, you and the movers will have a warm place to go to take a break from the cold.  Just be sure you don’t leave any pets alone in a closed-up room with a space heater, as this can be dangerous.

 

Prepare your pets

Speaking of pets, it’s a good idea to make sure your animals are well prepared before the move. If possible, allow them to visit the new house so they can explore and get used to the new sights and smells.  You might also want to arrange for a pet sitter on moving day; this will not only help keep him out from under your feet, it will ensure that he’s safe and warm during all the commotion.  If you can’t line up a sitter, try keeping him in one closed-off room with his favorite toys, bedding, treats and a water bowl.  This will keep your pet happy and ensure that he doesn’t get loose during the move.

 

Keep an eye on the weather

In many states, winter weather can be highly unpredictable.  Keep an eye on the weather report every day and plan accordingly.  Be sure you keep a snow shovel and salt handy, in case you need to dig out the driveway or keep outdoor steps free of ice.  Ask the moving company about covers for your furniture in case of rain or snow.

 

Moving in the winter can be stressful if you aren’t prepared but, planning your move accordingly will help you stay on top of every aspect.  Keep communication open with your moving company and with any friends or family members who are helping; with good teamwork, you can make sure your move goes smoothly!