There can be no doubt ,that moving house has a tendency to be a rather stressful affair. To make matters worse, It can also be a very anxious time for your dog.
Just as your furry friend may find the appearance of a suitcase unsettling as you prepare to go on holiday, seeing their home being gradually taken apart and packed away will cause high levels of stress for many dogs.
Dogs tend to take their emotional cues from their human families. As such, if tensions are running high this is likely to transfer to your furry companion.
One thing you can do to help your dog feel at ease is to keep your routine as close to normal as possible for as long as you can. Dogs are creatures of habit and enjoy routine, so keeping your daily pattern constant will help them feel more comfortable. Despite all the house moving jobs which have to be completed, try to feed and walk your dog at the usual times. If you suddenly change your routine, your dog may well take this as a sign that all is not well, which can cause anxiety.
Of course you will inevitably reach the stage where the removal men descend and your entire house needs to be packed away. This stage can be extremely stressful for your dog, seeing their territory being dismantled. They don’t know that all will be well and back to normal once you’re settled at the other end. To them their world is being torn apart.
This is the time when it may well be advisable to remove your furry friend from proceedings and consider dog boarding or dog sitting options. Many people will try to keep their dog with them, confining him or her to one room of the house or keeping them in the garden, but this will also cause a great deal of anxiety for your pet.
When considering all the different dog boarding options, it is sensible to remember that you are trying to keep things as normal as possible for your dog. Traditional kennels do not offer a home-from-home dog boarding environment; your dog will be apart from a human family, housed in a confined space and their routine will be turned upside down.
Barking Mad can help you find the perfect solution. We offer home-from-home dog boarding. One of our host families will welcome your dog into their home. Your dog will receive individual care and their usual routine will be maintained. Your dog’s stay will be carefully tailored to his or her requirements. This dog boarding option minimises the stress your dog can experience, by offering them a home and family environment.
All of our host families are dedicated to providing a home-from-home experience for your dog. All the individual needs and preferences of your dog will be catered for, just as they are by you. When you consider that you are trying to keep things as normal as possible for your dog during the house move process, this is surely the perfect dog boarding option.
Placing your dog in the care of one of our host families also gives you one less thing to worry about. When dealing with a house move and all that entails, the last thing you need is to be worrying about where your dog is, whether he or she is upset, if they have escaped during all the upheaval, or taken a dislike to one of your removals men! You will know that they are safe and sound, receiving individual loving care and following their usual routine.
Once you arrive in your new home, surrounded by boxes, you will also have more time to start sorting things out without having to worry about your pet. Our dog boarding option is so dog-friendly that you won’t feel you have to dash and ‘rescue’ them. This also means that you will be able to start reassembling the main rooms of your house, ready to welcome your dog into their new home.
Collecting your dog from boarding too soon and bringing them into a home which is still in chaos can be very unsettling for them. You might think that they will be happier back with you, whatever the state of the house, but this may well not be the case. It is by far the best option to create some feeling of normality before your dog re-joins you.
Barking Mad offers the perfect home-from-home dog boarding option during your house move. It’s so stress-free and enjoyable for your dog that you’ll probably wish you’d gone too!