how to help a stressed dog

Tips on How to Help a Stressed Dog When Moving

Moving is a very stressful event for you, but it is even more stressful for your dog. Just imagine, you understand what is going on and it is still stressful for you – imagine how stressful this is for your dog who has no idea what is going on. Your dog cannot understand the changes in his surroundings and he has no way to deal with that stress. As you prepare to move there is chaos in the home as everything is packed away in boxes. In the new home, your dog will be presented with new surroundings. He won’t understand that this is his new home until you help him to settle in and get acquainted with his new environment.

Many dog owners who are facing a move want to know how to help a stressed dog. There are certain things that you can do that will make the move easier on your dog. This article will tell you how to recognize stress and how to help a stressed dog.

When you move, your dog’s routine gets changed. Your dog suddenly finds himself moved to a new location where things don’t look, sound or smell the same. It can all be very confusing and stressful for your dog.

People often notice behavior changes or problems with their dog when moving to a new home. Your dog may start to exhibit destructive or attention-seeking behaviors such as barking, chewing, digging or even going to the bathroom in your house. There can also be other signs of stress to watch out for including panting, whining, clinginess, pacing, vomiting or diarrhea.

Do you want to know how to help a stressed dog? Here are some helpful tips to follow before, during and after the move.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stressed Dog

Before you can help a stressed dog, you must first understand the signs and symptoms of stress in your dog. Here are some of the symptoms you may see:

How to Ease a Dog’s Stress

Stress can sometimes be overwhelming and even debilitating. Here are a few tips on how to help a stressed dog.

To learn more about moving with dogs, read our article Moving with Dogs: The Importance of Preparation.

Here is another good article about moving with dogs: Moving with Your Dog.