Tips to Help If Your Move Stressing Out Your Dog
For humans, moving homes can be one of the most stressful things. You need to figure out what you want to pack, what to throw away, how to move everything over to the new place, and how to rearrange everything at the new home. However, have you ever stopped to consider what your move has on your beloved furry friend? You may not be the only one feeling anxious and stressed. Here are some signs to look out for if your dog is stressed and tips on how you can help.
Signs Your Dog is Stressed
It can be easy to neglect your dog throughout the moving mess. Since dog are quite creatures of habit, when their daily routine is disrupted, they may be very sensitive to the change. Since signs to look out for are:
Behavior Changes - Stressed dog may show loss of appetite, aloofness, barking, whining, excessive yawning or licking.
Body Language - Ears down, tail tucked between their legs, hiding & shaking, unusual & more frequent bathroom accidents around the house
Tips to Soothe Your Dog
Usually it's the little disruptions in your dog's daily routine that gets them started, so here are some steps you can take to help calm your dog:
- Keep meal times consistent. Like humans, we tend to get hangry when we don't eat at the proper meal times.
- Make sure to still make time to play with them. It can be as simple as remembering to take them for their daily walks outside or playing their favorite toy with them
During the Move
- It might be a better idea to keep your dog with you during the move than to put your dog temporarily at a boarding facility or friends place as the sudden change in environment could make them more anxious
- Try to get back into their usual daily routine as soon as possible, such as their feeding, walking, and play time
- Give your dog some space and time to slowly adjust to their new environment. It may be tempting to have a whole bunch of friends over for a housewarming party, however having a several people in a new living space may stress your dog out even more
If you notice your dog displaying signs of uneasiness, whining, or hyperactivity, it is very likely that they are experiencing stress of anxiety from environmental and behavioral factors. Calming supplements are a great way to help soothe your dog. Petaxin Calm + Comfort Aid contains safe, natural ingredients to help relax and calm your dog, using a blend of L-Tryptophan, hemp seed oil, and other calming herbs. Each chew can take effect in as little as 30 minutes and can last up to several hours. So if your move is stressing out your dog, you can consider talking to your vet to see if incorporating a calming supplement is right for your dog.
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