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.

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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.


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2 Comments

  • 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.

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