How To Make Your Dog Feel Comfortable In A New Home

Whether it's a new pup or a new home, here are some helpful tips

Updated 09/02/18
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If you are the proud owner of a pup, you know how hard it can be for both you and your dog when it comes time to move homes. Dogs are very sensitive, and a change in environment can be a huge stressor for them. If you and your partner are in the early stages of moving in together and one of you has a dog, it's important that you know how to ease your pet into a new home so that their anxiety doesn't skyrocket.

If you've just moved in with your S.O. and you've decided to bring a new pup home together, there's just as much (if not more!) chance of anxiety on the dog's part when it comes to getting acclimated. Lucky for us (and you!) Wayfair dug up some helpful tips on how to ease a dog into your (or their) new home based on their breed!

Whether you’re moving into a new place or bringing a furry friend home for the first time, acclimating a pup to a new environment takes time and patience. Each breed has a distinct personality, which requires a different approach to help them adjust in their furever home.

Check out the tips below to ensure the experience is pawfect for you and your four-legged friend!

Border Collie

Known for their agility and for being a farmer’s best friend, this breed loves perusing the great outdoors. Sociable and inquisitive, they enjoy exploring and introducing themselves to strangers with a kiss of the nose. Kelly Bove, parent of the famous Border Collies Envy, Zain and Trek from the Wayfair Pet Squad shares, “To get them acclimated to what’s outside, it’s imperative to continuously show them their surroundings to eliminate curiosity.”

Golden Retriever

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Known to be a great family dog, Golden Retrievers are playful, obedient, trustworthy and need a lot of space and exercise. Although they have a reputation of being easily trained, it’s important to understand if left alone for an extended period, they can develop chewing habits. Keep them distracted with balls, bones and gadgets. And to keep those chew toys organized, consider a few fabric bins or metal baskets to store them!

German Shepherd

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Strong, courageous and intelligent, German Shepherds are recognized as loyal guardians. With that comes a confident companion that must adjust to unfamiliar faces. Warmly welcome family and friends into the home to meet the adorable new addition to build trust. But remember, keeping your furry friend on a leash is helpful when making intros! Spruce up your leash space by adding a decorative wall hook.

French Bulldog

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One of the world’s most popular small breeds, Frenchies are even-tempered house dogs that love attention. Although affectionate, these pooches can be stubborn and may require extra steps (or treats!) in order to fully house train, so patience and consistency are key. Pet-proofing the new place and creating a similar set up to their previous home will help them adjust more easily. Try using gates or a colorful pet pens to keep your French Bulldog out of harm’s way until fully acclimated.

Shih Tzu

These tiny pups are excellent for families and notorious for getting along with other pets. Shih Tzus love to relax, therefore, it’s essential to build them a napping nook! To help them feel comfy and cozy in their new bungalow, choose plush, pillow-like bedding such as a multi-functional piece, from Wayfair’s all-new Archie & Oscar line, that functions as a bed and a side table for the paw-rents. Guests will never even know the difference!

Beagle

Composed of 50% energy and 50% curiosity, Beagles require plenty of attention and frequent walks to prevent boredom. It’s wise to build an area that will keep them entertained. If you don’t have ample outdoor space, dedicate a corner in your home to your pooch where you can place their bed, toys and food bowl. To reward your well behaved Beagle, store delicious treats in an adorable canister!

Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terriers are small and delicate, yet brave! No matter the size of the human or dog, they don’t hesitate when making friends, but they may bark at unfamiliar noises or fresh faces. To help your dog cope with new sounds, recreate common noises to decrease their sensitivity. Consider creating a safe haven with blankets and pillows as an easy solution for days when they’re feeling fearful.

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