Our realtors and property management team at Cedar One will assist you in finding that special place that the ENTIRE family can call home. Our local communities are complete with parks, homes with fenced in yards, houses with majestic windows and rentals that permit pets. Keep in mind that while our top-notch professional team is helping you navigate through this stressful transition, your pets will also experience their own level of stress. Here are a few things to consider throughout this process.
First things first, set up the dog’s new space in your home, complete with bed, blankets, toys and a fresh bowl of water. Your dog will immediately have the comforting smells of home to retreat to.
Keep a routine for your pet even if it’s difficult. We all know that our pets are creatures of habit. I personally probably don’t need to set my alarm in the mornings, my pups want outside and fed, they tell me so, regardless if the alarm goes off or not. If your “best friend” is used to getting fed and walked at certain times, then you should try to maintain this schedule as closely as possible. Deviations may cause anxiety for your dog.
Help them let out energy. A dog’s level of stress is heightened when they have too much energy. An extra-long walk should do the trick in elevating some of this anxiety-driven energy while acquainting you with your new neighborhood.
Give lots of attention. A pat on the head as you are passing by will go a long way in assuring your dog’s confidence. Extra snuggles and floor time with a favorite toy will communicate to your pet that they are still a priority, and all is well.
You may want to stay at home as much as you can the first few days. This will be a good opportunity for you to meet your new neighbors and to allow your dog to familiarize themselves with their yard and surroundings with the comfort of you there.
Most of all, you may need to be patient. You may see some behaviors from your dog that you have not seen since they were a puppy. Anxiety and stress triggers may result in unwanted behaviors or health issues during this time of transition. If after a reasonable time these issues are still present, you may need to consult with your veterinarian and seek out an anti-anxiety aid. Jefferson, Carroll
Our pets are family and we love them accordingly. For those of us who have pets, it’s a joy to come home after a hard day at work and have our furry friend(s) waiting at the door tail wagging or purr roaring ready to greet us. Next week I will talk about what we can do to help our feline friends adapt to moving.