Has your dog been a little off since you moved into your new apartment? Has he lost the pep in his step and stay glued to your side? It might be that the move was just as hard on your pet as it was for you—only he didn’t have a say in the matter.
Of course, you want your pet to be happy wherever you live. And you have the power to put your pet at ease and make a home together. Here are three tips to ease the transition and help your pet adjust to a new apartment:
Get the treats out and let them explore.
Do your absolute best to make your apartment an amazing place to be, especially in the beginning while you’re still moving in. Let your pet explore at his or her own pace. Hide treats around their dedicated spaces as little surprises, and let your pet explore every nook and cranny of your new apartment to feel comfortable. Those treats will help him or her ease into it and quickly learn that this new environment is a safe one.
Up your quality time with your pet.
While creating and sticking to a new routine is important, you should make an effort to play more than usual with your pet, at least in the beginning. Pay more and closer attention to your pet during this stressful time, and watch to see if you can pick up on any signs of anxiety. Toys, especially puzzle toys, are a great way to give that pet of yours something to do. Also, sniffing-based toys such as snuffle mats help them gain familiarity. Whatever you do, keep your pet busier than normal, which will help make the transition go smoother.
Use supplements to calm.
Sometimes your furry friend needs a little more help. Under the right circumstances, medication could be the way to go. Zylkene can help ease your pet’s anxiety while you make your life-changing move, as can other supplements. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to find the safest option for your pet. If you’re really worried about the move for your pet, you can always go talk to a pet behaviorist about helping them with the transition.
Moving your pet to a new apartment does not have to be a big deal. Hiding treats around the new place, using natural calming supplements, and spending quality time together can usually help them settle in quickly with little to no negative side effects. Just make sure to take care of, and pay attention to, their needs, and you’ll both be calling your new apartment home in no time.