Major life changes
Dogs are family, and when you adopt one, you commit to keeping that dog happy and healthy for 10 to 15 years. That means you need to be prepared for helping your dog adapt to major life changes like moving, going to college, getting married, having a baby, or getting a divorce.
Moving: Moving is stressful for everyone, but with planning, moving to a new city can be as easy as a quick stroll around the dog park. With boxes scattered around, familiar items disappearing, and people coming in and out, your dog knows something is changing.
Don’t be surprised if your dog becomes anxious and a lot more clingy. Ease that anxiety with extra attention. Take your dog on extra walks and give them more playtime.
Adding a new roommate? Help your dog to adapt to happily cohabitating with his new roomie, especially if that roommate will vie for your attention.
Going to college: Many students are required to live on campus for their first year of college. If this is the case, even if you choose a dog-friendly college, can your dog live in the dorm?
Getting married: What better way than to celebrate one of the most important days of your life than by planning a dog-friendly wedding? Once you’ve decided you want your dog in your wedding, make sure the venue you choose is puppy-friendly.
Having a baby: Getting ready to add a little human to your pack? Don’t be surprised if your dog knows you’re pregnant before you do. But even though your dog knows something is changing, you’ll still need to help prepare your pup for the baby’s arrival.
Getting a divorce: Divorce can be a whirlwind of emotions, but it’s essential to keep your dog’s welfare in mind despite your sorrow or anger. One thing you’ll need to resolve is who gets custody of your dog? If you decide to share custody, start by determining who will be the dog’s legal owner.