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How to Pick a Home That Your Pet Will Love

We Americans love our pets, and the welfare of animals is something we should all hold in high regard. After all, if we don’t take care of the pets who are relying on us, then who will? That’s especially true when it comes to the stress associated with moving. That’s why the York County SPCA has put together the following guide to help you make your pet more comfortable – and reduce your own stress in the process!


Your home should be pet-worthy

As pet owners, we naturally want to pick the best and most suitable home for our pets. And since you know them best, you’ll also know what suits their fancy.

  • If you own large dogs, then the size of the property will be a factor when looking for a home to accommodate your pet.
  • If you have a large breed dog, then the ideal size for your yard should be around 13 by 9 feet, decreasing with the smaller the breed.
  • You’ll want to make sure that the yard is secure and properly fenced for your pet's safety.


Try to minimize BOTH your stress levels

As exciting as moving can be, it can also be stressful because of the various unknowns that come with moving to a new place.

  • Reduce your stress levels by doing activities you enjoy. Your pet is sure to notice the positive change in your personality and will be calmer as a result.
  • Make sure your pet has lots of fun in the meantime. Puzzles, chew toys, balls, tugging toys, and Frisbees should help to keep them happy and fit.
  • Daily walks are a must, so try to run errands with your pet whenever possible. Also, look up pet-friendly parks online so your pet can enjoy playtime to the maximum.
  • Some dogs require more exercise than others. If you don't know your dog's pedigree, these days it’s easier than ever to find out more about their heritage so that you can plan accordingly.
  • Pay a visit to the veterinarian if you feel like your pet is not coping. They may be able to provide you with calming medication that will help to ease your dog’s anxiety. Herbal remedies may also help if you’re looking for a natural calming solution. Canine enrichment activities can be a method to stimulate the mind of your pup and reduce stress.


Try to keep everything as normal as possible

Your dog is more likely to settle into a new routine if you ensure the move is gradual.

  • If your dog is used to a certain routine, try to stick with the schedule they’re used to. DogSync is an excellent app to keep on top of this. DogSync creates a group feed where family members can add time-stamped completed tasks, such as a morning feeding or afternoon walk. You can also send task requests to family members in case you are away and need to remind someone to care for your pet.
  • Spend as much quality time with them so they feel more secure throughout the process.
  • If work and moving have become too demanding of your time, then delegate where possible. Working from home may also be an option, as you’ll be able to skip the commute to spend extra time with your pet.

Moving can be stressful for us, which means it can be just as stressful for our pets. However, moving with your pet can be a lot easier if you plan carefully and remember these calming tips.


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