Dogs are creatures of habit and routines, so a shift in their surroundings can be stressful. We can’t quite articulate what’s going on with them as people, so we can take measures to reduce their fear and preserve balance where we can. In this article, we will provide you with useful tips on how to help your dog adapt to a new home.

1. Set up your dog’s space ASAP

This is a crucial thing to do when you are trying to help your dog adapt to a new home. If they have their own space that resembles their old home it will help them relax. Be sure to know how to pack and move with your dog before you even think about relocation. When you set up their toys, water, and food bowls and their bed they will have a space filled with familiar items and scents. You can set it up anywhere, even if it’s a temporary place it will help your dog get used to the new place and be more relaxed.

Dog in his bed with toys
Setting up your dogs space will help him feel at home

2. Give them lots of attention

Moving is stressful and time-consuming, so don’t forget that your dog will need some extra attention to get through it. Spare a few moments for private, quality time together in between other activities, and shower your buddy with lots of affection. Take a few minutes to play fetch or give belly rubs. This will reassure the dog that all is well and that they are still a top priority, even though you are rushing around.

3. Patience is key

Patience is the key when you want to help your dog adapt. Being gentle and caring for your dog through the difficult time of moving to a new home is the best thing you can do for him. Recognize that they’re going through a difficult time and go out of the way to make things as comfortable as possible for them. If you have spare time take them to a dog-friendly local park, or somewhere similar. Just remember to be patient and all will be much easier.

Two children petting a dog
Be sure to spend as much time as you can with your dog after the move, and be patient.

4. During the first few days, stay at home as much as possible

It will take some time for your dog to realize that this is their new home and that it is a safe environment. Meanwhile, do your best to help help your dog adapt to a new home, even though it means canceling any plans or taking a couple of days off work. In the first three to four days, the dog can not be left alone in the new home for longer than a few minutes. This will give them time to acclimate with their safety (you) right there. If you really have to go out, see if you can bring them with you or if a reliable friend or family member can watch them while you’re gone. When they acclimate a bit, and you need to start leaving your pup alone, start small, maybe 10 minutes at a time, and work your way up.