Moving can be stressful. All those boxes to pack and unpack, new places to get used to, and lives to uproot and replant. Now imagine your dog going through the upheaval. It’s not fun for him, either.

So what can you do to help your pooch adjust to the new space and feel comfortable in his environment? Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to help make moving easier on your canine companion.

• Keep your dog secure before, during, and after the move. Make sure he is secured in a crate or carrier before and after moving. Have a blanket and some favorite toys with him. If your pooch doesn’t have a blanket of his own, give him one of yours. This can help provide a sense of familiarity.

• Take a vacation when you move, or at least a few days off. Dogs can respond negatively to moving and become depressed. If you can take some time off to be there with your pet as he adjusts, you’ll both be happier.

• Plan for the worst and hope for the best. Your dog might get depressed and not eat for a few days, become aggressive, or eliminate in places he normally wouldn’t. Be prepared for possible issues.

• Retrain as needed. You may have to retrain your dog a bit after the move. Remember to always use positive reinforcements and that a gentle touch can go a long way. Some retraining can also reassure your pet.

• Be patient. You’ve known for weeks or months that you’re moving, but your pooch just found out. Try to coax him back into his normal routine gradually.

• If your dog is used to relieving himself outdoors, it may be time to teach him how to use an indoor litter box. Now that you’re an apartment dweller, it won’t be as convenient to head outside for every bathroom break. An indoor litter box will allow your dog to eliminate whenever he pleases.

Pets are affected during a move, too. If you want to make certain your canine companion adapts well to your new home, expect to spend some time making him feel at ease.

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