5 Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Transition to a New Home

A dog in Columbus Ohio sitting on moving boxes in a new home.

Moving into a new living space can be both exciting and stressful. Whether you’re moving into a house or a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, Ohio, the new environment can work either for or against your pet’s well-being. With a little preparation, however, you can almost guarantee your pet will be happy with wherever you’re going to be living. It’s just a matter of making sure your fur baby is comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.

Here are 5 ways to make your pup’s transition to a new living environment as stress-free as possible.

1. Provide Extra Love and Attention

Moving can be a stressful and confusing time for dogs. Therefore, it’s essential to provide extra attention and affection to help them feel secure. During this time, also try to spend as much quality time with your pup as possible. In between unboxing, go for walks, have some playtime, or just cuddle up on the couch together. If you’re simply too busy settling into your new home, hire a dog walker to give your pet some one-on-one, undivided attention.

2. Stick to Your Dog’s Regular Routine

Sticking to a consistent routine is crucial for dogs. This is especially true during a time of change such as moving to a new home. It is essential to keep feeding times, potty breaks, and walk schedules as close to their regular routine as possible. This will help your dog feel secure and comfortable in their new environment. Providing a sense of normalcy can also greatly reduce anxiety and stress in dogs.

In addition, sticking to their usual routine can help to establish a sense of stability in their new home. Consider making a schedule to help ensure that your dog’s routine stays consistent. Make any necessary adjustments gradually over time. If your dog is used to regular visits from a dog walker, make sure to stick to that schedule as well! By doing so, you can help your furry friend feel confident and at ease in their new surroundings.

3. Create a Designated “Dog Space”

Designating a specific space for your dog can definitely help them with adjusting to their new environment. This “dog space” should be a place where your pet can retreat to for comfort and rest when they need it. It’s essential to choose a space that is quiet and out of the way. Still, it should be easily accessible to your pet. For example, a cozy corner in the living room or a designated spot in the bedroom.

It’s also important to make sure that your dog’s “dog space” is accessible to them at all times. The space should be open and easy to get to, with no doors or barriers blocking their way.

Lastly, in order to make this designated space feel like home, consider filling it with familiar items from your old home. For example, toys, bedding, and/or favorite bones. You can also add some special touches to make the space even cozier, like a soft blanket, a cozy bed, or even a few treats.

A dog sitting in their bed in a "dog space". Ideal for reducing stress during transition to a new home in Columbus Ohio.

4. Encourage Exploration and Adventure with Treats and Praise

Rewarding your dog for exploring their new environment is a great way to help them feel comfortable and secure in their new surroundings. As your dog sniffs around and becomes familiar with their new space, be sure to reward them with treats and praise. This positive reinforcement will encourage your dog to continue exploring. It will also help them to build a positive association with their new home. Consider bringing along some of your dog’s favorite toys or treat-dispensing puzzles. This encourages exploration in an interactive way. It can also test your pup’s knowledge through mental stimulation, and overall help to keep them occupied during the move.

5. Bring Along Familiar Items

As already mentioned, when moving to a new environment, it’s helpful to bring along familiar items for your dog. This can play a big role in easing their transition as they’ll associate these items with comfort and security. Have them readily available once you arrive to your new place. That way, your pet can start getting used to their new surroundings with an established sense of familiarity.

Find Your Perfect Pet-Friendly Home in Columbus, Ohio

If you’re looking for pet-friendly living spaces in Columbus, Ohio, look no further than Thrive Companies. Thrive (for short) is a leading property management company in Columbus, Ohio that offers a variety of pet-friendly apartments, townhomes, and condos to choose from.

They have a commitment to providing comfortable and stress-free living spaces for both their human and furry residents. Recently, Thrive has joined forces with Hands N Paws to offer exclusive dog walking and pet sitting services to the pet parents at Thrive communities.

Thrive understands the importance of making a new environment feel like home for your fur baby right off the bat. Together, Thrive Companies and Hands N Paws are dedicated to making the move-in process and overall living experience truly remarkable for all pups and their parents.

Making Your Dog’s Move to a New Home a Success

In conclusion, moving to a new home with your pup can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. But with a little extra effort and planning, it can be as stress-free as possible for your pet. The 5 steps detailed above can absolutely help your dog feel most comfortable and secure in their new surroundings.

If you need help caring for your pet during the move, consider hiring a dog walker in Columbus, Ohio, courtesy of Hands N Paws. Our commitment to providing top-quality care and services will have you feeling appreciative of the extra help as you settle into your new place.



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It is important to inform Hands N Paws of any specific emergency instructions or medical conditions related to Client’s pets. This will help ensure the safety and well-being of pets during emergencies.

In case any of Client’s pets need emergency veterinary treatment, Team Member will contact the designated vet on file and/or a local emergency vet. Team Member will also communicate with Client and/or emergency contacts regarding the situation.

Client gives permission to Team Member to transport the pet(s) to a veterinary clinic and/or make treatment decisions (except for euthanasia), especially if it’s a life-threatening emergency and/or Client cannot be immediately reached. Client is responsible for any veterinary fees incurred. 

Client releases Hands N Paws from any liability for any damage or harm to pets or property that occurs beyond the reasonable control of Team Member during the provision of emergency veterinary care. 


To comply with local laws and ordinances, it is required that all pets have the appropriate vaccinations and licenses before Company begins services. For further information on these requirements, please visit the Ohio State Bar Association’s website at https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources. Client should also check with his/her veterinarian to determine which vaccinations/shots the pet requires. 

For safety reasons, we encourage all dogs and cats to wear an ID tag or collar that includes name and contact number while Team Member is working with them.


To ensure access to Client’s home during scheduled services, Hands N Paws requires that Client purchases a lockbox and places a spare house key(s) inside of it for Team Member to use. Client can purchase the lockbox on Hands N Paws’ website by clicking Buy Your Lockbox. Once it arrives, the lockbox should be programmed with a unique four-digit code. The lockbox should then be placed on the main door handle or in another secure location, and the lockbox code and location information must be entered in the Client’s account on Precise Petcare.

Alternatively, Client may elect to provide a code for entry via a garage door or electronic keypad and if so, must enter all necessary codes in Precise Petcare. Client is strongly encouraged to purchase a lockbox, however, to ensure that Team Member can access pets at all times during scheduled services, especially in situations where the power goes out or batteries die and Team Member need alternative access to the home.


All Team Members have access to Clients phone number, but are instructed to only use them when necessary or for urgent purposes during services with pets. Hands N Paws prioritizes the privacy and confidentiality of phone numbers as personal information.

All correspondence between Client and Team Member should be centered around Client’s pets and the services provided. If Client has inquiries regarding scheduling, cancellations, app-related matters, or any company-related concerns, these are to be directed to the Company via the office number: (614) 636-6644. The Company’s client support team is available during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays. The Company will make contact with Client outside of office hours should there be any urgent need for communication.


In order to provide the best possible service to pets, it is crucial that Client provides Team Member with detailed and up-to-date information regarding their pets. This information should be accurate, complete, and accessible through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Team Members can only work on the basis of the information that is available to them through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Likewise, Client acknowledges that the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the information they provide directly impacts the quality of the services delivered. Client, therefore, takes full responsibility for any consequences that arise from inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated account information.


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While Team Members understands that Client may have preferences regarding arrival times, it is essential to acknowledge that Team Members cannot guarantee meeting those specific requests. Flexibility is needed in order for Team Members to accommodate for needs of other Clients on schedule.


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The following service surcharges may apply under certain conditions:

Last Minute Service: A fee of $15 per service will be charged for bookings made with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Holiday Service: A fee of $20 per service will be applied for services provided on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

Additional Pets: Base pricing for services includes up to 2 pets. For each additional pet beyond the initial two, an additional fee of $7 per pet will be added.

*Additional fees may apply, as discussed/negotiated between Company and Client. 


Hands N Paws strives to accommodate as many service requests as possible. However, the approval of service requests is subject to the availability of Team Members. Upon submitting a service request, Client will receive a confirmation or declination email/notification indicating whether Hands N Paws can fulfill the requested work. Sometimes, this may take up to 48 hours or more.

If a service request is declined, we encourage Client to explore alternative options or contact our dedicated client support team for further assistance. Company is here to help and find the best solution for all pet care needs.


To ensure a personalized experience for new Clients, Hands N Paws requires a virtual or in-person Meet N Greet before getting started with pet services. These meetings allow us to connect with and onboard Clients and discuss their pet care needs.

All virtual Meet N Greets are free of charge. All in-person Meet N Greets come at a $50 cost. Meet N Greets are no more than 30 minutes in length.

New Clients can book their Meet N Greet on our website at www.myhandsnpaws.com. Existing Clients can book their Meet N Greet in their designated client account in Precise Petcare.


Payment Method: All services with Hands N Paws are to be paid for using a credit or debit card. All major cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover are acceptable. Client can securely add and store card information within their Client account. Adding and keeping a valid credit card on file is a requirement for requesting any services with Hands N Paws.

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Additional Fees: Client may be charged additional fees if Team Members are instructed to, or determine the need to, purchase items for the pet(s) while under the care of Hands N Paws. These items may include pet food or treats, litter or cleaning supplies, transportation to the vet, or emergency expenses for the general care of the pet(s). Hands N Paws and/or Team Member will consult with Client before making any purchases, and will retain and share any receipts as proof of purchase.


When Client schedules services with Hands N Paws, the Company has likely turned down other work so as to devote our time to the work requested from said Client.

Client understands and accepts the Company cancellation/refund policy as outlined below:

– 100% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– 50% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– NO refund is issued for same-day cancellations/less than 24 hour notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are NOT transferable. Should Client be eligible to receive an Account Credit (based on terms above), that will be auto-added to his/her account and applied to the very next invoice with us.


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Client understands and acknowledges that the environment in which they are requesting Hands N Paws to complete services is reasonably sanitary and safe. If it is determined that home conditions are unsanitary and/or unsafe at any point in the working relationship, Company will make it known to Client. Action will be taken accordingly thereafter.

Additionally, Hands N Paws will not terminate during a period of scheduled service unless Hands N Paws determines, at their sole discretion, that a serious danger exists to the health or safety of Team Members or pets. If such concerns preclude Hands N Paws from providing further care for the pets, Client agrees to pay for their pet to be boarded at a boarding facility or taken under the care of another party until Client returns. All attempts will be made to notify Client and/or emergency contacts regarding such situations.

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