How to Relieve Post-Moving Anxiety for Dogs

Tips for Acclimating Your Pet to a New Apartment

River West Flat apartments near IUPUI is a pet-friendly community – that’s why we have a private dog park for our residents. But before heading out to play with their dog-neighbors, some pets will need a little time to adjust to their new surroundings. 

Here’s what you can do to help your dog get used to its new habitat: 

Practice Elevator-Riding

Interested in a fifth-floor apartment with a city view? You’ll probably need to help your dog feel comfortable in an elevator. For dogs, an elevator may feel like a trap, and they may be even more frightened if people other than you are also riding the elevator. When you start elevator training, aim for a time when most of your neighbors aren’t home.

To help your pup adjust, try offering a treat just before stepping into an elevator – ideally, your dog will follow you in, but if it doesn’t, try offering another treat (never force an anxious dog into an elevator). Practice stepping in and out of a stationary elevator until your dog seems comfortable. 

The next step is allowing the door to close, and when your pup seems to be comfortable with that, try riding the elevator up one level, offering small treats when the elevator starts and stops moving. Walk up or down a flight of stairs with your dog before riding the elevator again. Before you know it, your dog will be a champion elevator-rider!

Show Them Around

The parking lot, hallways, stairwells, and grounds are all unchartered territory for your pet. Letting your pet explore (on a leash, in short sessions) can help them feel more at ease in their new home. 

After your dog has had time to explore your apartment, you can begin showing them other areas. Start by allowing them to investigate and sniff your hallway – the common area closest to your apartment. Take a few exploratory walks each day, extending the amount of time you and your pet are away from home. 

Go Play

Once your dog has settled into a normal routine and seems relaxed, you may be ready to visit the dog park (although that depends on your dog’s personality). Walk your dog on a leash to the gate, and don’t remove the leash until you’re both inside the fenced area. 

If your dog isn’t all that into meeting other animals, it might enjoy a game of fetch with you. And if the dog park overwhelms your pet, you could instead walk along the White River trail together to get some exercise. 

See River West Flats

If you’re looking for a modern, pet-friendly apartment close to downtown and IUPUI, River West Flats is the place to be. See your new apartment – just provide your contact details, and we’ll follow-up with you!


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