Preparing Your Pet for the New Home
Published on Sunday, 10 June 2012
Animals in general, come to know their homes as their territory and that's why most of them fight off other animals and even people that enter their territory. Sometimes it is hard for an animal to jump up and leave its territory that it has protected every day, the environment it has outlined as his, so making the transition into a new environment can be a tricky thing for animals and it needs to be handled delicately. If the time is available, there are some things that should be done to prepare your loyal pet for the transition into a new home.
When time is abundant and access to the new location is available and not too far away, it is a good idea to bring your pet to its new stomping grounds frequently to familiarize them with the area. Bring some treats to give them as reward for exploring the area. This will help them to understand that being in this new, strange place is a good thing for them.
One place you will want to bring your pet to is inside the home if they will be staying inside of course, so they will know here is the place to be. Playing with them inside the home after they explore is a good idea as well. It will let them know that they are not losing your attention by being in the new surroundings. If your pet has a favorite toy, bring it along and put it in different places in the new home for them to find it. Hide it from their site until you hide it in the home, then let them find it while they are exploring. This will give them a connection that this is mine.
Try to carry along your pet's bed if it has one and place it in the area they will be using it in the new location. This will let them know that this is theirs; bringing familiar objects to the new home for the pet will make them feel as though this is home. It is much like the unconscious level of humans; we decorate a place with pictures, or knick knacks to make us feel closer to home or to make it ours in some way, the same goes for pets. Even when we ourselves travel we always carry a picture of family or something that reminds us of our home, to help us relax. Pets depend on their owners to help them transition. Think of it like this: How would you feel if you were asleep one night and then all of a sudden your parents or other half came in and said "come on get in the car we are moving into a new place", the reaction or feeling would be much the same for your pet.
There are some other things that you can do to make the transition easier on your family friend, too much to explain in one article but there are many resources to find out how to make the move go sooth for your pet.
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