House Dog to Apartment life
Do you think of your house dog? It is funny when moving house we always tend to think about ourselves. It’s a very stressful time and the last thing on my minds is our own little pet dog. We tend to forget that our dogs are like us and they find the whole moving process very difficult to handle and therefore this puts a lot of stress on our house dogs as well. There are many things that we need to consider when moving a house dog to the apartment life, we need to consider the fact that having a dog in an apartment will require a lot more attention than having a dog in the house. There will be the issue of having to take your house dog out every single time it needs to go out whether it be just for a walk, number twos or simply just to socialise with other dogs. You need to be aware as well that when living in an apartment your dogs is more likely going to be having to socialise with other dogs, therefore, you’ll need to take into account how social your dog is with other dogs and whether they can easily adapt to the situation. Lastly, there are also the health risks of apartment life.
Before you move to your new house prepare your dog
Before the actual move, if possible try to take your house dog to the new apartment for it to get comfortable with the new surroundings. You need to remember that your dog has never been there before, therefore, any opportunity for it to familiarise itself will greatly help with settling in on moving day. Visit the vet with your dog. Living in an apartment will require many changes in the way you normally are with your dog. Due to the fact that there may be a lot more dogs in an apartment block you may need to ask your vet whether there are any strong worm pills or medications that you might need for dogs living in an apartment life. You might want to do some research as well and find out whether there are any pet stores around where your apartment will be to ensure that they provide all the pet supplies that you will need. You should invest and get more toys for your pet as these will help to keep them occupied while you’re away. Try to file their nails as well as this reduces the amount of scratching on the walls and doors.
After the house move
After the house move, be prepared to spend a lot more time with your house dog. Since this is a new environment, your dog would be scared and the more time you spend with them the better it will be for their adapting process. Try not to leave them alone for the first few days as this will give him that reassurance that everything is ok. When you do go out and then come back to the house, ask your neighbours how your dog was. Try to find out whether he was barking all day and then at least you’d be aware of the situation and do something about it before you start getting in trouble for it. You will need to take your dog for a lot more walks. If the time allows, try to take him or her for at least two walks a today. One 20 minute walk and the second a 30-minute walk. This will ensure that they are getting plenty of exercise and that they are not restless in the house. Also, try to let your dog out for some alone time in a balcony if possible. Like human beings dogs actually do like some privacy so by giving it to them it will help them adapt quicker with life in an apartment. You should also consider taking your dog out for walks in the evening. This is particularly important as when living in an apartment your dog will not have to freedom to just go outside and relieve itself therefore if you want to avoid having to wake up in the middle of the night then I suggest taking them out in the evening.
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