How to ensure your dog feels at home

1st July 2019

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Whether you are getting a new dog or you are moving somewhere new with your dog, you always want to make sure that your dog feels comfortable and at home. Use these ideas to create a safe and welcoming space for your dog.

When dogs are anxious or uncomfortable it can lead to unwanted behaviours like being destructive, having accidents in the house, unusual food aggression and just behaviours that are out of character for your four-legged friend. By creating a safe and comforting place for your dog, these behaviours can be avoided or at least minimized.

A space of their own

Dogs should have a space of their own. This is some of the reasons that people like to use the crating method. It is a space that is just for the dog. It doesn’t have to be a crate, however. It can simply be a corner or somewhere that the dog can go to sleep, rest or get away when they are feeling stressed. Be sure to include a bed, chew toys and other things that you have noticed your dog enjoys.

Whether you have a huge Saint Bernard, a leggy Lurcher or a tiny Shihtzu, and you need a compact, den-like bed for hounds who like to feel snug and cosy or maybe something spacious and comfortable for older canines who need support for their joints and who like to stretch – Pets Love Scruffs have lots of new dog bed must-have favourites for you to choose from for your beloved pooch. Pets Love Scruffs get the perfect balance between durability, comfort and value for money in various sizes, shapes, and materials to suit all breeds.., and if needed, medical requirements.

Feeding time

Try to stay on the same feeding schedule as before. Dogs have an internal clock that tells them when they are used to getting fed. You might have noticed if you give your dog food every morning at 7am, they are circling you around that time waiting for it. If they get treats at 8pm, they might go to where they get the treats waiting for it. You want to do your best to stay on the schedule your dog knows. While many things are unpredictable in a move, whether it is to a new place or just bringing a new dog home, at least the dog knows that their food is coming at the same time.


Make sure there are plenty of dog toys laying around. If you see behaviors that you do not accept, like chewing on shoes or scratching at the walls, distract the dog with dog toys. By showing your dog the things he can play with, it keeps him away from what he shouldn’t.

Walks and Bathrooms

Remember to take the dog out frequently and to take your dog for walks. Dogs need to get their energy out. If the dog seems stressed, take him to the park or even just around the block.

Once your dog is settled in, you will notice many of the anxious behaviours have disappeared. Just like you, your dog needs to feel comfortable in its environment.

Win a Scruffs Expedition Box Bed

To ensure that your dog feels at home Pets Love Scruffs has kindly given us one of their Expedition Box Beds to giveaway.

Prize: Expedition Box Bed

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  • Tracy Nixon 2nd July 2019 at 9:35 AM

    A cosy bed with some favourite toys and company!

  • Amanda Trelfa 2nd July 2019 at 9:38 AM

    My 2 mini dachshunds would love these comfy beds.

    • Margaret GALLAGHER 4th July 2019 at 5:03 PM

      Favourite toys and a comfy bed and blankets

  • Rachel Walsh 2nd July 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Great prize!

  • Bev 2nd July 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Her own things around her and her own place to sleep.

  • Helen B 2nd July 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Make sure they have their own space and toys plus try to include them in all activities

  • Solange 2nd July 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Plenty of toys and a comfortable bed.

    • Sean Eccles 2nd July 2019 at 7:26 PM

      Lots of soft cuddly toys and a familiar blanket will do the trick

  • Iain maciver 2nd July 2019 at 11:26 AM

    a nice comfortable bed

  • Ritchie Dee 2nd July 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Have another rescue dog

  • Jade 2nd July 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Lots of toys!

  • Ellie B 2nd July 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Our doggie always feels at home, even when we moved home with him (apart from the adjustment to stairs as we moved from a bungalow to a house but within 2 days he was settled in), we just make sure he has his own bed, give him space when he needs it and lots of chewy toys, walkies and love.

  • Mary Heald 2nd July 2019 at 12:40 PM

    A comfortable bed, plenty of cuddles, lots of play and exercise.

  • bex 2nd July 2019 at 1:15 PM

    lots of praise and cuddles

  • Laura Wheatley 2nd July 2019 at 1:59 PM

    A nice comfy bed where they can go to relax, lenty of fuss! my dog likes to have my dressing gown over her bed too lol

  • Ann Gwillim 2nd July 2019 at 2:02 PM

    A comfy bed but also plenty of one to one play with him.

  • Cat 2nd July 2019 at 2:34 PM

    The bed looks great I’d get jealous of my dog haha!

  • Rachel Mccraith 2nd July 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Give your dog his/her own area where they can feel safe and comfortable

    • Amyb 25th July 2019 at 6:04 PM

      Great prize! Hope we win!

  • Magsd 2nd July 2019 at 3:56 PM

    A place where your dog can go to feel safe mine likes to curl up. On his. Fleece blanket in his bed cuddling his toys

  • pete c 2nd July 2019 at 4:24 PM

    give him not only space but something like a blanket that is only his/hers so they always have a comforter

  • Chloe M 2nd July 2019 at 4:54 PM

    she likes to sleep on my worn clothes so i leave some down for when she is left alone

  • Sheena Batey 2nd July 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Tire her out first so she settles more easily

  • Kirsty Taylor 2nd July 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Love, comfort and company

  • Fiona Boyd 2nd July 2019 at 5:23 PM

    So cute!!!!

  • laura milton 2nd July 2019 at 5:25 PM

    When we rescued our young dog we took a toy from his foster home so he had that smell with him. We got him his own bed area with a crate that was open for him to go in and out when he felt uneasy. His crate was his safe place, we also put a small blanket over the top of the crate so it felt more cozy and secure.

    • Bettywyn82 7th July 2019 at 11:05 AM

      Wow I’d be delighted to win a comfy beautiful bed for Diva.

  • ADEINNE TONNER 2nd July 2019 at 5:35 PM

    My tip is to give them a quiet space in the home away from everybody where they can unwind themselves without children going near them all the time.

  • Debbie Bird 2nd July 2019 at 6:37 PM

    His own bed and toys and treat as part of the family

  • LLS 2nd July 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Wow! I’d love this for our sausage dog Jimbo

  • laura stewart 2nd July 2019 at 6:39 PM

    make sure he has a lovely bed x

  • Elaine Kidd 2nd July 2019 at 7:11 PM

    An old piece of clothing with their owners scent for when they are home alone.

  • fiona waterworth 2nd July 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Plenty of love and in our case a cuddly toy helped her feel she was still in a litter

  • Ben cooper 2nd July 2019 at 7:24 PM

    The lab would love this

  • Susan Naylor 2nd July 2019 at 7:28 PM

    I have two rescue dogs, an Akita-cross and a three-legged cross-breed. They both love family life with lots of love, care, walks, regular food and their favourite toy a big brown teddy bear. I would love to win one of these cosy looking beds for them

  • George spedding 2nd July 2019 at 7:28 PM

    feed them at your mealtime

  • Susan Smith 2nd July 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Bed, toys and lots of attention

  • Katie Blackmore 2nd July 2019 at 8:57 PM

    A nice cosy den they can go and have some quiet time in

  • Ellen Stafford 2nd July 2019 at 9:29 PM

    A bed, toys and cuddles x

  • Louise Laing 3rd July 2019 at 12:38 AM

    A very cosy, comfortable bed and lots of toys and attention of course!

  • Anonymous 3rd July 2019 at 7:55 AM

    My new puppy would love one of these

  • Vivien Taylor 3rd July 2019 at 11:54 AM

    A bowl of fresh water

  • Laura Pritchard 3rd July 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Give him his own space that’s just his to retreat to.

  • Emma Larkin 3rd July 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Fantastic prize – any dog would love one of these beds.

  • Linda Turner 3rd July 2019 at 8:37 PM

    A bed that is so comfy and cosy for the dog, plenty of loving, plenty of toys

  • Natalie Burgess 3rd July 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Her own bed and a routine, makes her feel secure xx

  • Stephen Holman 4th July 2019 at 10:10 AM

    we make sure both our dogs have nice comfy beds with their favourite toys and leave the radio on for them when we go out or tell alexa to play “music for dogs” – it always chills them out!

  • TANIA STANNARD 4th July 2019 at 11:24 AM

    These look incredibly easy to keep clean and very comfortable for my ageing westie

  • Sophie Roberts 4th July 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Something with our scent on to keep especially when we’re not there so she feels safe

  • Stephanie Coals 4th July 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Letting them have their own space if they want it

  • Caroline Blaza 4th July 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Treat them like one of the family. x

  • Margaret Dunlop 5th July 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Their own beds and a daily routine. Praise and reward.

    • Tammy Neal 28th July 2019 at 8:14 PM

      Toys there own bed and blanket and treats for rewards x

  • Angela Boucher 5th July 2019 at 11:20 AM

    He has a comfortable bed with his favourite blanket.

  • Meridhyth Omorose-Davis 5th July 2019 at 4:37 PM

    My puppy Halbjorn needs a sturdy bed as his fleece one mysteriously exploded I to fluff one day

  • Louise Crocker 5th July 2019 at 5:32 PM

    My dog had a special toy and blanket that makes her feel at home anywhere.

  • stuart hargreaves 7th July 2019 at 11:06 AM

    woof woof

  • Angela Treadway 7th July 2019 at 3:49 PM

    plenty of love and a warm place to nap x

  • Charlotte G 7th July 2019 at 5:43 PM

    All their toys and blankets

  • Emma G 7th July 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Always have plenty of balls!

  • betsy ferguson 7th July 2019 at 7:31 PM

    our dogs love to have their own beds and fave toys

  • Jade Jones 7th July 2019 at 8:29 PM

    we always include our pooch snoop in everything at home. we have had him since he was 6 and half weeks old. he has his own spot int he house where he sleeps and has been trained around babies as young as a few days old right up to adults he knows how to behave and is extremely gentle. he even does tricks for my husbands cousins 1 year old daughter and wouldnt dream of snatching. he knows his boundaries and what is acceptable behaviour etc. He gets loads of cuddles through the day and we make time to ensure he gets walked and played with including tug of war. His favourite spot is next to my husband on the couch

  • Nicola S 8th July 2019 at 12:37 PM

    He absolutely LOVES his bed. If we’re going anywhere with him, we take it with us. He has no problem settling.

  • lise barlow 8th July 2019 at 1:33 PM

    My 3 labs would love a new bed this one would be perfect x

  • katrina walsh 8th July 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Pop their beds in nice little nooks and crannies around the home where they can take some ‘me time’ should they wish too

  • Angela Thompson 8th July 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Both my dogs have their own little den with their beds and blankets in, they go in when they want some time out

  • Tracy Clark 8th July 2019 at 7:45 PM

    We always keep her toys next to her bed for her

  • Ursula Hunt 9th July 2019 at 10:20 AM

    We always take her blanket with us wherever we go

  • Suzanne Gaulton 9th July 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Her bed, her toys & her regular food and she’s happy. And us, her family, of course!

  • Jennifer Toal 9th July 2019 at 9:08 PM

    My dog likes to sneak on our bed but lives under the stairs when we are at work which we converted for her

  • Kate Sharman 10th July 2019 at 8:41 PM

    He has his own seat on the sofa

  • janine atkin 10th July 2019 at 8:41 PM

    make sure their bed is somewhere safe and quiet

  • Chloe T 11th July 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Give them their own space, a nice cosy bed & toys xxx

  • Benji Collier 12th July 2019 at 11:12 AM

    a comfy bed and a blanket with a familiar smell on it

  • abigail edkins 12th July 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Ruby has a snugly blanket that I pop on the sofa for her in the evenings when we are all chilling

  • Sharon Lou Johnson 13th July 2019 at 6:51 AM

    we take her bed blanket and toys with us, it doesnt matter where we go x

    • Dave C 17th July 2019 at 2:43 PM

      As long as the dog knows its well loved it will always feel at home.

  • belinda porter 13th July 2019 at 4:02 PM

    her special blanket with smells from home

  • Jodie Green 14th July 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Keep a familiar toy/teddy/blanket with them, give them lots of praise and attention so they feel comfortable and happy

  • Rich Tyler 14th July 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Lots of cuddles

  • Lorna Ledger 14th July 2019 at 8:13 PM

    take something that smells of you, and of them, a really smelly blanket! It really helps!

  • helen w 17th July 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Putting an unwashed piece of clothing in their bed with them so they can smell you

  • Rachel Butterworth 19th July 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Lots of hugs and peace and quiet.

  • Eve H Ogden 19th July 2019 at 8:12 PM

    He has his own special blankets and a T-shirt’s of mine and hubbys

  • Louise L 21st July 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Give them plenty of attention,they need lots of exercise,good walks & play helps them to bond with you while you’re having fun together.Make them a cosy space of their own to chill out in when they need to,most dogs like toys to play with like a ball,something to chew etc Try to find a decent food that suits them & they enjoy eating. The best thing you can do is make a daily routine & include them as much as you can, as it really helps them to feel secure & relaxed.

  • Rikka B 21st July 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Cuddles, and an old sweatshirt of mine to curl up with in a nice comfy bed

  • Debbie Miller 21st July 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Free to roam where they want to. (we have 3).. love them and protect them like our kids are.. well fed and watered, walked.. treats for being good.. lots of cuddles and know they won’t be abandoned. x

  • jill dean 22nd July 2019 at 6:17 PM

    favourite toy

  • JULIE WARD 22nd July 2019 at 6:53 PM

    My sons dog has a lovely bed and lots of toys and he is spoilt with love

  • Terrie-Ann Wright 23rd July 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Try to keep a regular routine so that they know when we are gone we will be back soon.

  • Anthea Holloway 24th July 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Lots of talking to them and making them feel special.

  • Gerri Tennant 24th July 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Give him his own space, regular meals and walks and lots of love.

  • Mel Pennie 24th July 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Lots of love, patience and an abundance of toys to play with!

  • Chloe 24th July 2019 at 9:31 PM

    In love with this little bed, cannot get over how cute this would be for my puppy!!

  • Deborah Bird 25th July 2019 at 12:26 AM

    My dog definitely feels at home, she is so loved! She gets up on the sofa for cuddles, comes and lays on the bed with me when i am in bed during the day due to my chronic illness. I give her lots of love and she gives me lots of love xx

  • Maria Crosby 25th July 2019 at 9:35 AM

    As we have rescue dogs, making them feel at home is essential yet difficult. They needed there own space, where they feel safe and are able to “get away”. They also need comfort toys and lots and lots of snuggles!!(when they are ready for them)

  • Tanya 25th July 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Making sure Hope has all her toys around her and has lots of love

  • Catherine Spencer 25th July 2019 at 10:54 PM

    A dog needs their own calm space, a few home comforts, a chance to relax and be left alone,

  • Fiona Johnstone 26th July 2019 at 9:16 PM

    A quiet safe area with a comfy bed for the dog to go to when it is tired. Routine is good too. Dogs like routine. Be fair when house training. Remember your dog can’t open the door to let itself out. You have to watch the dog and not get engrossed in Love Island. This stage can make or break a relationship.

  • donna l jones 26th July 2019 at 10:33 PM

    love of cuddles and reassurance

  • Troy Easton 26th July 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Playing with his Toys to make him feel relaxed and happy.

  • Ann Skamarauskas 27th July 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Lots of attention when needed combined with giving him his own space. A routine for getting up, feeding, walks and exercise. Training through positive re-enforcement …..and lots of neck scratching, he loves his neck scratching

  • AnnaSSS 27th July 2019 at 4:05 AM

    Attention, toys and cuddles.

  • Geoff Hibbert 27th July 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Healthy food,regular exercise and just be good company

  • jules Eley 27th July 2019 at 10:38 AM

    cuddles, toys and their own bed x

  • Victoria Easton 27th July 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Let them have their own area for when they want personal space, have a toy box, lots of treats (not too many!) walks, kisses and play time!

  • Hazel Christopher 27th July 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Take toys and/or a blanket that smells of home.

  • Lynne OConnor 27th July 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Lots of fuss and a place they can call their own

  • Samantha Milner 27th July 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Ooh this would be fab

  • Lisa Hall 27th July 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Their own bed in their own place, toys to play with and plenty of love

  • Rebecca Whatmore 27th July 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Spending quality time with them and letting them in all the rooms in the house as if they are a human! Lots of toys and cosy bed!

  • Donna Caldwell 27th July 2019 at 5:09 PM

    I think that Lola feels safe and at home in our home as she has her own little space and gets plenty of hugs

  • samantha mytton 27th July 2019 at 5:43 PM

    To have their own space to escape to but also to be part of the family and included in the things we do, cuddles on the sofa and lots of their own toys.

  • Julia Linsley 27th July 2019 at 6:26 PM

    My Weinerarmer Alfred would love a new bed !

  • Chloe Cunningham 27th July 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Lots of toys, treats and lots of love

  • Alison 27th July 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Making sure he has his favourite toys nearby

  • Emma Davison 27th July 2019 at 7:01 PM

    He loves his Scruffs dog duvet so that’s a must as well as a couple of toys and keeping to routine as much as possible.

  • Sylvia Paul 27th July 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Barnie loves to snuggle up to my dressing gown for comfort x

  • Jane Gorton 28th July 2019 at 12:41 AM

    My dogs have their own sofa/chair with their blankets, toys and TV!

  • Adrian Bold 28th July 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Our dog Gizmo has his own corner of the living room with his bed and toys.

  • joanne casey 28th July 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Bonnie has a bed in almost every room in the house, she follows me where ever I go so she needs to be comfortable!

  • Cathy O 28th July 2019 at 7:54 AM

    Their own bed and lots of loving!

  • Susan B 28th July 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Give them their own space, bed and toys and reward with praise and cuddles when they are approachable and affectionate.

  • Rachael Sexey 28th July 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Give him them their own space that’s just theirs to retreat and have some time alone in the quiet

  • Annette Oliver 28th July 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Their own blankets

  • Kirsty Thompson 28th July 2019 at 10:23 AM

    My dog is part of our family. She is allowed anywhere in the house. We all live here as a family so if she wants to share our beds she can.

  • Katie Skeoch 28th July 2019 at 10:31 AM

    We have collies and they really need their own space and somewhere cool to lie in the warm weather

  • Carol Boffey 28th July 2019 at 10:58 AM

    great giveaway

  • paula cheadle 28th July 2019 at 12:30 PM

    my 2 troubles love their bed, they fight over the blankets and toys

  • Denise Walton 28th July 2019 at 1:28 PM

    We gave our sabre blanket and teddy

  • Kim Neville 28th July 2019 at 1:45 PM

    A nice comfy bed, toys and lots of attention 🙂

  • Marjoleine Kok 28th July 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Plenty of his own toys , a comfortable bed – which he is barely in as he is allowed on the settee and in our bed too 🙂 A dog is part of the family , and we always include Vegas , our Lurcher in every plan we make x

  • Michelle Henderson 28th July 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Cuddle up together on the sofa and watch TV. Treat them as a member of the family.

  • Cathryn Crawshaw 28th July 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Some toys and a comfy bed

  • Teresa sheldon 28th July 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Make him feel comfortable, it’s his home as well as ours and he is treated like that, he has lots of toys a digging area in the garden and loves snuggles with us on the sofa

  • Meryl Thomas 28th July 2019 at 8:07 PM

    I have four dogs and they all feel at home, since this is their home. I am afraid that they do pretty much what they want, although that being said hey are good boys. Lots of walks, good food, treated as a valued member of the family (which they all are).

  • CAROL PATRICK 28th July 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Give him his own persdonal space for his bed so he feels secure and his favourite toys. Also treats & lots of praise. Patience when training – if a young dog.

  • Leanne Perrett 28th July 2019 at 8:29 PM

    cuddles on the sofa and long walks together plus we take her everywere with us 🙂

  • Georgie Wright 28th July 2019 at 9:21 PM

    A relaxing spot and a favourite toy!

  • Melissa Lee 28th July 2019 at 9:30 PM

    We make sure he always has his favourite ball nearby – it’s like a comfort blanket for him

  • Carol Phile 28th July 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Routine, his own space and quality time

  • Phill Worboys 28th July 2019 at 11:25 PM

    A comfy bed, their favourite treats and toys to play with.

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