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Moving to a new place can be nerve-racking for your pooch because he is suddenly in a different environment with new smells, sounds, and people. However, a few simple tricks will help him settle into his new home quickly!

Moving Day-The day the moving truck come is stressful for people so imagine what it is like for your dog. To help make moving day easy for him, make sure that he is locked in a spare room with his favorite toys, at doggy daycare, or out for the day with a trusted friend.

Unpack Fido’s stuff first-We want to make sure that your dog understands that this is now home so unpack his toys, bed, food and dishes right away. Make sure that his things are in the same area as they were at your old home. For example, if the dog bed was in the master bedroom then put it in the master bedroom again.

Meet the neighbors-Your new home and the surrounding area are filled with different smells and people. Take Fido out for a walk and let him explore this new area. Give him extra time to sniff and investigate so he becomes familiar with his new neighborhood. Keep him on leash during these outings so he doesn’t try to run away and go back to his old home.

Update his information-Make sure that Fido is wearing a tag with your new phone number and address. Don’t forget to update his micro chipped information too! Finally, if you have decided to take Fido to a new vet, make an appointment for a wellness check so you and your dog can meet the vet BEFORE there is an emergency. This will allow you and your pup to establish a working relationship with the doctor before you actually need him or her.

Be pro-active-If your pup has any issues with barking, separation anxiety, or growling at other people or dogs be proactive and hire a trainer as soon as possible since you don’t want your dog’s old habits to be transferred to the new location. You also want to make sure that your new neighbors enjoy your dog as much as you do.

Exercise-A tired dog is a happy dog. A dog with excess energy is more likely to bark, chew furniture and generally get into trouble especially during more stressful periods in life like moving. Make sure to give Fido at least two 30-45 minute walks or runs per day.