Scarlett, You’re Not In Kansas Anymore: Helping Your Dog Transition After Moving

Moving your Doggie to a new Home & Hood? Tips onHelping Your Dog Transition After Moving

Here are some tips from Veterinarian Rebecca BechardĀ of Matthews’s Carolina Veterinary Specialists that will help your four-legged love with the transition:

DSC_1148Ok, so you’ve found your new house and you’re ready for your big move into your new home. Congratulations! But, what about your dog? Understandably, we humans can get wrapped up in all of the details of a move and don’t take the time to help our dogs with the transition. It’s a huge move for them too, and can be very stressful and end up with not so good outcomes. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Scarlett, a wirehaired terrior mix and her mom and Veterinarian Rebecca Bechard, DVM.Rebecca spends her evenings working emergencies at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Matthews, a specialty veterinary office by day and emergency facility after hours.

Start by introducing your dog into a small area of the house, especially if moving into a much larger home. Try breaking out that old crate that they have grown to know, love and find comfort in. Or dedicate a small space like a laundry room to them as their den.

Keep things consistent. With so many changes in your new environment, try to maintain as much consistency as possible like keeping food in the same place as you did in your previous home.DSC_1135

Exercise helps reduce anxiety, and will get you and your dog out and about in your new neighborhood. You may even meet some new neighbors or discover your favorite new park! Or, take a walk on one of Charlotte’s beautiful new Greenways!

Switch up your exit cues so that they don’t have the time to get worked up before you leave. For example, try changing where you keep your keys. Better yet, distract them from how much they are going to miss you while you’re gone by leaving them with a frozen toy stuffed with peanut butter!

Ruff love!!! Do not baby them during a storm. It can be tough to resist when your dog jumps in your lap at the first clap of thunder. But, try to resist…Rewarding them with snuggles for their nervous behavior will breed more nervous behavior.

Consider giving your pet a sedative for moving day. Please check with your favorite Charlotte Veterinarian for a professional opinion on dosage etc.


Dr. Bechard and her pup Scarlett

First Things first, let them gain their bearings. Introduce the outside of the house first, before entering the home. Let them explore the yard, the garden, the porch before bursting in the front door without them knowing where they are…

Find comfort in a Thunder Vest, which hugs and helps calm those nerves.

According to Dr. Bechard, dogs google with their noses. So, let them search!!! How many searches did you do in getting the scoop on your new diggs or your new city?

And, last, but certainly not least, check for escape routes in your new home and yard! The last thing that you need is for your loved one to slip through a crack in that fence, or to open the front door that doesn’t click shut just right.








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