Downsizing can be stressful for dogs as they have to adjust to their new environment and the restrictions that come with it. For instance, they might have to share spaces such as the lobby with unfamiliar faces or would need to stay quiet to avoid disturbing their neighbors.
If you're downsizing, here are 4 things you can do to make the transition easier for your dog:
- Prepare them beforehand: Before moving into your new home, get your dog to familiarize themselves with the environment and create a positive experience using treats and toys.
- Teach your dog to stay quiet: Your new home will be filled with unfamiliar noises from your neighbors, which may make your dog anxious. Help your dog stay quiet by pairing noises with treats or games. You can also mask noises with music or TV.
- Give room for exercise: Tiny homes don't have enough space to meet most dogs' exercise needs, but you can help your dog cope by introducing them to mental exercises such as hide and seek and indoor agility courses. It would be best to take your dog for outdoor workouts at least once daily.
- Socialize your dog: Socializing your dog and teaching them to be good canine citizens beforehand is important because they would be sharing spaces with other people in the new home.