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How to ensure your dog feels at home + #Giveaway

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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.

Toys

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.

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142 Comments

  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    A cosy bed with some favourite toys and company!

    2nd July 2019 at 9:35 AM
  • Reply Amanda Trelfa

    My 2 mini dachshunds would love these comfy beds.

    2nd July 2019 at 9:38 AM
    • Reply Margaret GALLAGHER

      Favourite toys and a comfy bed and blankets

      4th July 2019 at 5:03 PM
  • Reply Rachel Walsh

    Great prize!

    2nd July 2019 at 9:53 AM
  • Reply Bev

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

    2nd July 2019 at 9:58 AM
  • Reply Helen B

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

    2nd July 2019 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Solange

    Plenty of toys and a comfortable bed.

    2nd July 2019 at 11:10 AM
    • Reply Sean Eccles

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

      2nd July 2019 at 7:26 PM
  • Reply Iain maciver

    a nice comfortable bed

    2nd July 2019 at 11:26 AM
  • Reply Ritchie Dee

    Have another rescue dog

    2nd July 2019 at 11:32 AM
  • Reply Jade

    Lots of toys!

    2nd July 2019 at 11:51 AM
  • Reply Ellie B

    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.

    2nd July 2019 at 12:32 PM
  • Reply Mary Heald

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

    2nd July 2019 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply bex

    lots of praise and cuddles

    2nd July 2019 at 1:15 PM
  • Reply Laura Wheatley

    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

    2nd July 2019 at 1:59 PM
  • Reply Ann Gwillim

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

    2nd July 2019 at 2:02 PM
  • Reply Cat

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

    2nd July 2019 at 2:34 PM
  • Reply Rachel Mccraith

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

    2nd July 2019 at 3:23 PM
    • Reply Amyb

      Great prize! Hope we win!

      25th July 2019 at 6:04 PM
  • Reply Magsd

    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

    2nd July 2019 at 3:56 PM
  • Reply pete c

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

    2nd July 2019 at 4:24 PM
  • Reply Chloe M

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

    2nd July 2019 at 4:54 PM
  • Reply Sheena Batey

    Tire her out first so she settles more easily

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

    Love, comfort and company

    2nd July 2019 at 5:16 PM
  • Reply Fiona Boyd

    So cute!!!!

    2nd July 2019 at 5:23 PM
  • Reply laura milton

    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.

    2nd July 2019 at 5:25 PM
    • Reply Bettywyn82

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

      7th July 2019 at 11:05 AM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

    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.

    2nd July 2019 at 5:35 PM
  • Reply Debbie Bird

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

    2nd July 2019 at 6:37 PM
  • Reply LLS

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

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

    make sure he has a lovely bed x

    2nd July 2019 at 6:39 PM
  • Reply Elaine Kidd

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

    2nd July 2019 at 7:11 PM
  • Reply fiona waterworth

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

    2nd July 2019 at 7:17 PM
  • Reply Ben cooper

    The lab would love this

    2nd July 2019 at 7:24 PM
  • Reply Susan Naylor

    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

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

    feed them at your mealtime

    2nd July 2019 at 7:28 PM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Bed, toys and lots of attention

    2nd July 2019 at 8:42 PM
  • Reply Katie Blackmore

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

    2nd July 2019 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Ellen Stafford

    A bed, toys and cuddles x

    2nd July 2019 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply Louise Laing

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

    3rd July 2019 at 12:38 AM
  • Reply Anonymous

    My new puppy would love one of these

    3rd July 2019 at 7:55 AM
  • Reply Vivien Taylor

    A bowl of fresh water

    3rd July 2019 at 11:54 AM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

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

    3rd July 2019 at 7:27 PM
  • Reply Emma Larkin

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

    3rd July 2019 at 8:11 PM
  • Reply Linda Turner

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

    3rd July 2019 at 8:37 PM
  • Reply Natalie Burgess

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

    3rd July 2019 at 8:38 PM
  • Reply Stephen Holman

    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!

    4th July 2019 at 10:10 AM
  • Reply TANIA STANNARD

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

    4th July 2019 at 11:24 AM
  • Reply Sophie Roberts

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

    4th July 2019 at 2:55 PM
  • Reply Stephanie Coals

    Letting them have their own space if they want it

    4th July 2019 at 4:44 PM
  • Reply Caroline Blaza

    Treat them like one of the family. x

    4th July 2019 at 10:58 PM
  • Reply Margaret Dunlop

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

    5th July 2019 at 7:57 AM
    • Reply Tammy Neal

      Toys there own bed and blanket and treats for rewards x

      28th July 2019 at 8:14 PM
  • Reply Angela Boucher

    He has a comfortable bed with his favourite blanket.

    5th July 2019 at 11:20 AM
  • Reply Meridhyth Omorose-Davis

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

    5th July 2019 at 4:37 PM
  • Reply Louise Crocker

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

    5th July 2019 at 5:32 PM
  • Reply stuart hargreaves

    woof woof

    7th July 2019 at 11:06 AM
  • Reply Angela Treadway

    plenty of love and a warm place to nap x

    7th July 2019 at 3:49 PM
  • Reply Charlotte G

    All their toys and blankets

    7th July 2019 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply Emma G

    Always have plenty of balls!

    7th July 2019 at 6:51 PM
  • Reply betsy ferguson

    our dogs love to have their own beds and fave toys

    7th July 2019 at 7:31 PM
  • Reply Jade Jones

    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

    7th July 2019 at 8:29 PM
  • Reply Nicola S

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

    8th July 2019 at 12:37 PM
  • Reply lise barlow

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

    8th July 2019 at 1:33 PM
  • Reply katrina walsh

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

    8th July 2019 at 3:13 PM
  • Reply Angela Thompson

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

    8th July 2019 at 4:09 PM
  • Reply Tracy Clark

    We always keep her toys next to her bed for her

    8th July 2019 at 7:45 PM
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    We always take her blanket with us wherever we go

    9th July 2019 at 10:20 AM
  • Reply Suzanne Gaulton

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

    9th July 2019 at 1:37 PM
  • Reply Jennifer Toal

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

    9th July 2019 at 9:08 PM
  • Reply Kate Sharman

    He has his own seat on the sofa

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

    make sure their bed is somewhere safe and quiet

    10th July 2019 at 8:41 PM
  • Reply Chloe T

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

    11th July 2019 at 7:08 PM
  • Reply Benji Collier

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

    12th July 2019 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply abigail edkins

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

    12th July 2019 at 1:56 PM
  • Reply Sharon Lou Johnson

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

    13th July 2019 at 6:51 AM
    • Reply Dave C

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

      17th July 2019 at 2:43 PM
  • Reply belinda porter

    her special blanket with smells from home

    13th July 2019 at 4:02 PM
  • Reply Jodie Green

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

    14th July 2019 at 9:32 AM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Lots of cuddles

    14th July 2019 at 12:33 PM
  • Reply Lorna Ledger

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

    14th July 2019 at 8:13 PM
  • Reply helen w

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

    17th July 2019 at 12:05 PM
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    Lots of hugs and peace and quiet.

    19th July 2019 at 6:56 PM
  • Reply Eve H Ogden

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

    19th July 2019 at 8:12 PM
  • Reply Louise L

    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.

    21st July 2019 at 5:03 PM
  • Reply Rikka B

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

    21st July 2019 at 6:19 PM
  • Reply Debbie Miller

    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

    21st July 2019 at 10:48 PM
  • Reply jill dean

    favourite toy

    22nd July 2019 at 6:17 PM
  • Reply JULIE WARD

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

    22nd July 2019 at 6:53 PM
  • Reply Terrie-Ann Wright

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

    23rd July 2019 at 10:34 AM
  • Reply Anthea Holloway

    Lots of talking to them and making them feel special.

    24th July 2019 at 6:53 PM
  • Reply Gerri Tennant

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

    24th July 2019 at 7:39 PM
  • Reply Mel Pennie

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

    24th July 2019 at 7:42 PM
  • Reply Chloe

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

    24th July 2019 at 9:31 PM
  • Reply Deborah Bird

    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

    25th July 2019 at 12:26 AM
  • Reply Maria Crosby

    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)

    25th July 2019 at 9:35 AM
  • Reply Tanya

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

    25th July 2019 at 1:32 PM
  • Reply Catherine Spencer

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

    25th July 2019 at 10:54 PM
  • Reply Fiona Johnstone

    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.

    26th July 2019 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply donna l jones

    love of cuddles and reassurance

    26th July 2019 at 10:33 PM
  • Reply Troy Easton

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

    26th July 2019 at 11:57 PM
  • Reply Ann Skamarauskas

    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

    27th July 2019 at 12:12 AM
  • Reply AnnaSSS

    Attention, toys and cuddles. Love.xxx

    27th July 2019 at 4:05 AM
  • Reply Geoff Hibbert

    Healthy food,regular exercise and just be good company

    27th July 2019 at 10:05 AM
  • Reply jules Eley

    cuddles, toys and their own bed x

    27th July 2019 at 10:38 AM
  • Reply Victoria Easton

    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!

    27th July 2019 at 1:20 PM
  • Reply Hazel Christopher

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

    27th July 2019 at 2:46 PM
  • Reply Lynne OConnor

    Lots of fuss and a place they can call their own

    27th July 2019 at 3:18 PM
  • Reply Samantha Milner

    Ooh this would be fab

    27th July 2019 at 3:29 PM
  • Reply Lisa Hall

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

    27th July 2019 at 4:08 PM
  • Reply Rebecca Whatmore

    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!

    27th July 2019 at 4:47 PM
  • Reply Donna Caldwell

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

    27th July 2019 at 5:09 PM
  • Reply samantha mytton

    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.

    27th July 2019 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply Julia Linsley

    My Weinerarmer Alfred would love a new bed !

    27th July 2019 at 6:26 PM
  • Reply Chloe Cunningham

    Lots of toys, treats and lots of love

    27th July 2019 at 6:53 PM
  • Reply Alison

    Making sure he has his favourite toys nearby

    27th July 2019 at 7:00 PM
  • Reply Emma Davison

    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.

    27th July 2019 at 7:01 PM
  • Reply Sylvia Paul

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

    27th July 2019 at 10:29 PM
  • Reply Jane Gorton

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

    28th July 2019 at 12:41 AM
  • Reply Adrian Bold

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

    28th July 2019 at 12:48 AM
  • Reply joanne casey

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

    28th July 2019 at 6:46 AM
  • Reply Cathy O

    Their own bed and lots of loving!

    28th July 2019 at 7:54 AM
  • Reply Susan B

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

    28th July 2019 at 9:40 AM
  • Reply Rachael Sexey

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

    28th July 2019 at 10:03 AM
  • Reply Annette Oliver

    Their own blankets

    28th July 2019 at 10:07 AM
  • Reply Kirsty Thompson

    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.

    28th July 2019 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply Katie Skeoch

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

    28th July 2019 at 10:31 AM
  • Reply Carol Boffey

    great giveaway

    28th July 2019 at 10:58 AM
  • Reply paula cheadle

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

    28th July 2019 at 12:30 PM
  • Reply Denise Walton

    We gave our sabre blanket and teddy

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

    A nice comfy bed, toys and lots of attention 🙂

    28th July 2019 at 1:45 PM
  • Reply Marjoleine Kok

    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

    28th July 2019 at 3:37 PM
  • Reply Michelle Henderson

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

    28th July 2019 at 4:43 PM
  • Reply Cathryn Crawshaw

    Some toys and a comfy bed

    28th July 2019 at 6:21 PM
  • Reply Teresa sheldon

    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

    28th July 2019 at 7:56 PM
  • Reply Meryl Thomas

    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).

    28th July 2019 at 8:07 PM
  • Reply CAROL PATRICK

    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.

    28th July 2019 at 8:25 PM
  • Reply Leanne Perrett

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

    28th July 2019 at 8:29 PM
  • Reply Georgie Wright

    A relaxing spot and a favourite toy!

    28th July 2019 at 9:21 PM
  • Reply Melissa Lee

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

    28th July 2019 at 9:30 PM
  • Reply Carol Phile

    Routine, his own space and quality time

    28th July 2019 at 10:29 PM
  • Reply Phill Worboys

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

    28th July 2019 at 11:25 PM
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