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Moving is stressful for everyone involved, including pets. When we moved, Tim and I had to get ourselves, Charlotte, three cats, and Twilight all settled in to our new home as quickly as possible. I really wanted to make sure Twilight would adjust to her new home well, especially since she had experienced a lot of changes recently. I put a few things into action that I think would help any dog adjust to a new home.
Designate a place (or two) for sleeping
One of the easiest ways to make a pet feel at home is to have a designated area to sleep. Twilight has always had her crate in our bedroom with blankets, and that is her favorite place to nap. This made moving day fairly easy for her, as she was immediately in a familiar place with her blankets. However, after getting used to the very different layout of the new house, I realized Twilight was missing a place to nap downstairs while she wanted to be close to us. I quickly fixed that with a comfy dog bed. She takes long naps during the day here, and she can still keep an eye on Charlotte.
Designate a place to eat
We had a fairly large (kind of awkward) mudroom in our old house, and we kept all the dog food and water in there next to the doggy door. There isn’t a space like that in our new home, and Twilight wouldn’t be sharing any dishes with anyone this time, so I created a small space just for her. The cute sign was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, and I picked up the dog food dishes shortly after the move. Lately she’s eating Nature’s Recipe® . Most recently, we’re feeding her the adult lamb meal and rice recipe. We love it because the #1 ingredient is a high quality protein source. It has no corn or wheat and nothing artificial. It’s also newly available at Kroger (and select Kroger banner stores), which is really convenient for us, as we do most of our grocery shopping there.
Designate a place for stuff
All of the pet “stuff” was also kept in the mudroom at the old house, but in our new home we have these cute cubby holes. I keep all of Twilight’s stuff on the left side — her leash, harness, treats, medicine, everything. She knows if I’m reaching into this space it’s for her. And she’s hoping it’s treats.
Show them the ropes
We definitely had a little bit of an adjustment period when it came to potty breaks. She went from freely running in and out of a doggy door, to having to be taken down to the basement to go out into the backyard, and back up. It took a few days of getting Twilight into a routine and learning, but she’s a fast learner.
How do you get your pets settled in to a new home?