Congratulations on your new home! Moving in Bahrain can be very exciting, especially if your new home is in a neighborhood of your choice, but your dog may not share the feeling. Adjusting to a new place can be stressful for a pet. Even though dogs cope better with house moving than cats, they can still find the move disruptive and disorientating. The moving experts at ServiceMarket understand that you may be concerned about your dog adjusting to your new home and have put together a list of steps you can take to help him feel at home in his new surroundings as quickly as possible.
To start, put yourself in your canine’s shoes. You are taken to a completely different place with new surroundings and unfamiliar scents. A lot is happening, but you don’t understand most of it. What would make you feel better in such a situation?
Safety is an essential part of comfort and the process of ensuring your dog’s safety starts before the movers and packers in bahrain arrive. It is important that you do a thorough inspection of your new place well before the move. You should:
- Get fumigation done to get rid of any pests
- Give the house a deep clean to clear the house of any hazards and unsettling smells
- Make sure no poisons or small sharp items are at nose-level or within reach
- Check out all access areas to your new house
On the day of the move, try to remain calm as your pet will pick up on your emotions and will start to feel anxious if you are feeling overwhelmed. Confine your dog to a room and visit frequently to provide reassurance.
Comfort in the familiar
Dogs are creatures of habit and find comfort in routine and schedule. Therefore, if your dog is used to getting up early in the morning, going into the yard, eating breakfast and then going for a walk, follow the same pattern in the new place. Let him go in the yard, if that is a part of his routine, but stay with him till he gets comfortable with the new environment. Wait at least a couple of weeks before making any changes to the old routine and always introduce the changes gradually.
Old is gold
When moving to a new house, taking along old and damaged furniture may not seem like such a good idea. Similarly, there may be things you want to give away before your move. You must realise, though, that your dog needs the scent of your old home in Bahrain to bring him comfort. Do not throw out or wash any of your dog’s old accessories, including his old bed, blankets and toys. Giving him his old things when in the new house will provide comfort and make it easier to settle in. You should also upack the rest of your belongings as soon as you can. Furniture, rugs and even curtains contain old smells which will indicate to the dog that this new house is now a home.
Love cures all
During this time of great change, you are the only source of constant comfort for your dog and should spend more time with him. Don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time in the new place initially. You can leave him alone for short periods and gradually increase the duration. If you have to leave your dog alone in these early days make sure they have plenty of treats and familiar things around them to keep them calm.
Patience is key
Remember to be patient and let your dogs adjust to the new house at their own pace. Just like children, dogs may become quite uneasy in a new home and demonstrate unusual behaviors. Don’t punish your dog if he chews things or urinates in the house during the first few days, these are just signs that he is stressed. Focus more on positive reinforcement.
Moving to a new house is a great task and requires careful planning and execution. It’s recommended that you should hire movers and packers in Bahrain to make the experience smoother and hassle-free, which in turn will make it easier for your dog. If you also have a cat, read our tips on how to help a cat settle into a new home here.