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Moving home can be a stressful time for all involved, but it is important to consider your beloved pet when going through this change.

Five Tips to Ensure your Pet is Happy in its New Home - by Amy Baines

The pet population in the UK is thriving with 40% of homes owning a pet in 2016, and there comes no better time to help your pet settle into their new environment than National Pet Month this April. These five top tips will help your precious pet to settle into their new home.

1. Consistency
Keeping your pet in their routine is a vital part of helping them to settle into their new home and running everything as usual will help to adjust to their new environment. Sticking to the same feeding, playtime, walking and bedtime routine will allow your pet to adapt faster to the different surroundings.

2. Familiarity
It is tempting to buy new food bowls and bedding for your pet when you move home, but keeping your pet surrounded by familiar items and smells will allow them to settle faster. Pack your dog’s favourite chew toy, the cushion the cat naps on and the creaky rabbit hutch so they are comforted by these familiar items and smells. It’s a good idea to position them in a similar way to in the previous property, for example, by the kitchen table or tucked away in the corner of the living room. The perfect place for your pet’s belongings is a utility room, such as those in the four bedroom Woodlark homes at Willow Grange.

3. Safety
It is vital to ensure your pet’s safety when settling them into a new home. Ensure your pet has the most up to date contact details printed on their identification tag and registered to their microchip in case of any emergencies. Pet proofing your new home should be done as soon as possible to ensure that no loose wires or holes in the fence could be a danger to your pet. It is also a good idea to introduce your pet to the new neighbours so that if they ever go missing or turn up unexpectedly in a garden down the road they will be recognised. You will also get to know if there are other pets in the neighbourhood and whether they are friendly or not. Taking your pet to the local park is a good way to get to know everyone, for example at Great Kneighton, Wandlebury Country Park is only 15 minutes away!

4. Patience
It is not unusual for your pet to show signs of different behaviour to normal in the first few weeks of moving into a new home. Eating habits may differ temporarily as could barking, pacing or protective behaviours but if these persist it is advisable to seek professional help and visit the vets. You may also need to provide a litter tray or training pads near the back door during their adjustment period. If you are moving to a house with an open plan living area ensure to let your pet know from day one where they are allowed to go so they do not get confused. For open plan homes by Countryside, find out more about the Papworth at Springhead Park and Greenwich Millennium Village.

5. Attention
Give your pet the attention they deserve when they are settling into their new surroundings; a bit of extra love will go a long way. Remember that any difficult behaviours tend to be associated with stress and discomfort, so it will help your pet relax if you comfort them and do not exacerbate their feelings by getting frustrated with them. Be sure to spend extra time with them so they feel comforted, for example in your private garden. Our beautiful Mandeville Place and Little Hollows developments have lovely private gardens perfect for you and your pet.

Research has shown that our pets can reduce stress, improve health and lengthen our lives so this National Pet Month, go the extra mile to ensure your pet feels at ease in the new environment. Moving to a new home is an exciting time for you and the whole family – including any four-legged or fishy friends, so ensure you help them settle in to make their new house a home!
We hope these top tips were useful for those looking to move home with their pets. 

Countryside are currently developing a number of new homes across London and the rest of the UK. To keep up to date with our latest launches and available properties, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



To celebrate National Pet Month, we are running a pet competition! To be in with the chance of winning £100 of Pets at Home vouchers, all you have to do is Tweet us @CountrysideProp with a picture of you and your pet using the hashtag #PetProudComp.
Head over to our Twitter page @CountrysideProp to submit your entry!
Entry Closing Date: 30th April 2017
The winner will be announced on 2nd May 2017.

Competition Terms and Conditions
1. All entries must be received by 5pm on 30th April 2016. Entries after this time will not be considered. Winner will be announced on Countryside’s Facebook and Twitter accounts on 3rd May.
2. The winner will be judged by Countryside. Judge’s decision is final. No discussion will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entries must be tweeted to @Countrysideprop within 140 characters Entrants must be a follower of Countryside on Twitter to be eligible to win.
4. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for employees of Countryside, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
5. One entrant shall win £100 vouchers for Pets At Home.
6. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
7. The prize will be posted within the UK by special delivery once winner’s details have been received.
8. Only one entry per person.
9. The winner may be required to take part in publicity.
10. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and accordingly they may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

Amy Baines,
Head of Brand at Countryside

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