Aah, the joys of moving to a new home; packing, unpacking, meeting the neighbors, finding the nearest grocery store, the fastest shortcut, and now all of a sudden Sparky starts in with new and unwanted behaviors! If you think about it, it’s pretty easy to understand why our dogs begin to act differently when the family moves – the daily routines is off, the yard is different, the layout of the home is not the same, and dogs need time to adjust to everything that has changed.
In addition to some dogs needing more time to adjust then others, new opportunities often present themselves that may be the source of new problematic behaviors. Let’s say the old house was at the end of a secluded street, but the new home is on a busy street and has a huge bay window that Sparky has found to be the perfect spot to begin window barking at everything that walks by. The new house lacks the large yard that Sparky always played in and now he’s being destructive inside because he has no other outlet for all of that energy. Or let’s say that Sparky has started to fence fight with the dogs on the other side of the fence in the new home, where that was not an issue in the old home. These are just a few examples of environmental factors that contribute to new behavior issues.
So here are some general tips that can help minimize developing behavior issues.