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Separation anxiety & moving home with your pet

02.04.2023 08:39 pm

Moving to a new house can be stressful for any pet, but for dogs with separation anxiety, it can be even more challenging. Separation anxiety is a common behavioural issue in dogs, where they become extremely anxious and distressed when left alone, leading to destructive behaviours like chewing, digging, and excessive barking.

It is all about a new environment. Something to consider when buying or letting with a pet. Have a look at this interesting article from Blue Cross. Dogs, for example, just want to spend lots of time with you. Just like a human, nobody like to be left alone, particularly for long periods.

If you're planning to move home and have a dog with separation anxiety, here are some tips to help them cope with the change:

  1. Gradual introduction: If possible, introduce your dog to the new house gradually. Take them for visits to the new house and allow them to explore the new environment with you present. This will help your dog feel more comfortable in the new surroundings.
  2. Familiarize them with their new space: When you move into the new house, set up your dog's bed, toys, and other familiar items in a quiet room. Spend time with your dog in this room so they can start to feel comfortable and familiar with their new space.
  3. Stick to their routine: Dogs with separation anxiety benefit from a consistent routine, so try to maintain their usual schedule as much as possible. This will help them feel more secure and less anxious.
  4. Exercise and mental stimulation: Provide your dog with plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to help them relax and burn off excess energy. This can include walks, playtime, and puzzle toys.
  5. Seek professional help: If your dog's separation anxiety is severe, consider seeking help from a professional. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) are both great resources to find qualified professionals who can help your dog with their separation anxiety.
  6. Remember, moving to a new house can be stressful for dogs, but with some patience, understanding, and support, you can help your dog adjust to their new environment. Good luck with your move!

References: • The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors • The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

This article was written by Russell Hunt, Founder of Pets Lets, the UK’s pet-friendly property portal where landlords will consider pets. . A hub of information & where you can create your own pet cv. We work with clients from around the world looking to relocate with their pets to the UK. Passionate about pets & property.