How to Help a Dog Adjust to a New Home: Letting your Pekingese Feel Secured


How to Help a Dog Adjust to a New Home: Letting your Pekingese Feel Secured

Dogs get used to their surroundings like we do. And like us, there are some dogs who copes better than others. And you play a vital role on how to help a dog adjust to a new home. If you move into a new environment, it is a big adjustment for both pet and owner alike. Both of you will have to experience new sights, surroundings and meet new people. And if you see your pet behaving out of the ordinary like being to clingy to you or other member of the family, know that they may be too perplexed about the new set up. And yes, there are things that you can do in order to help him feel more at home and understand what he is going through.

By nature, dogs are territorial creatures. When you decide to move, you are actually messing with his territorial rights. He won’t be a happy camper. Though it is true that dogs can adjust better than a cat does, however they still require special handling and care. And this would hold true if you are moving in from a family home into an apartment, or from a larger home to a smaller one. His room to be able to move around is very critical to a pooch’s contentment.

How to Help a Dog Adjust to a New Home

The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other.

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How to Help Him Adjust

  • Set up his things. Setting up his belongings would help him adjust since he would be able to see and smell items which are familiar to him. Take note that when you move, everything is new to him and his senses are out of order. Letting him see and smell things that are his would help him understand that this is now where he belongs and would bring a great deal of security.
  • Be patient. Be extra patient when he may be too attached and clingy to you. A dog’s sense of security would come from his pack, which in this case is you and your family. He would want to be assured that his pack is with him in this new surrounding, and once he will get used to it, he would be able to relax and go back to normal.
  • Take him for a walk. Once you have settled in, take him out for a walk around the neighborhood. Leaving and coming home with you would orient him that this is your new home already.
  • Reassure him. Get back to your daily routines as soon as possible. Don’t be take a back nor be mad if he would be anxious over everything especially if you leave him behind. His senses are going bezerk due to the newness of everything around him.

Guide him with patience, comfort and familiarity of his belongings, he would soon settle in. Just give him time to do that. In learning on how to help a dog adjust to a new home would not only be for his benefit but for yours too. That way, the two of you would be able to understand with what you’re both going through.

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  1. Marie Nielsen says:

    I moved with my husband and our pekingese Chewie. He is litter box trained and he never had a problem with going in the right place. He is 1 1/2 years old. He has always done great but since we moved he keeps going by the door. He still uses his box but for No.2 he hardly ever goes to the right place now. I have used sprays, powder, and washing the carpet. HELP!! Do you know what can I do to reduce his anxiety and stress?

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