There is a lot of stress on humans during a home remodel but they are able to understand what is happening. Imagine being the family dog. All he knows is there is a lot of commotion and noise going on and strange people coming and going in his home. He will become stressed and anxious and look to his pet parent to soothe him.
If the remodel is going on inside the home keep the dog out of the area that is being worked on. If you have contractors doing the work, even the friendliest dog may get grumpy and agitated when a stranger is tearing apart his house. The contractor could trip over the dog causing injury to both of them.
Your dog could get hurt as old materials are torn away. He may become more stressed if he is kept from investigating what is going on, but it is for his safety. Keep your dog contained in a quieter part of the house and spend as much time with him as possible to soothe his stress. He may whine or bark at the noises, but shush him and assure him that all is fine.
Roof replacement will stress a dog even more. His home appears fine yet he is hearing all of this noise above him that he cannot find a reason for. The dog will bark, whine and search for the noise he is hearing. He may even ask to go out repeatedly so he can search for the noise. Be sure to leash him up when you take him out and walk him far away from the perimeters of the roof.
Old shingles will slide and fall to the ground with even the most careful contractor. You do not want them to worry about hitting your dog. Neither do you want your dog harmed or stressed more by having to dodge falling shingles or other debris.
One solution to avoiding dog stress is to arrange to board your dog during the remodel. If that isn’t an option, take your dog for a car ride or to a dog park to play for a while. If he must be shut up in a certain part of your home during a remodel, be sure to put all of his toys, his bed and food dishes in the room with him. Turn on a television or radio to muffle some of the noise.
Check on the dog often and be prepared to spend some time in the room with him so that he gets a sense of normal from time to time. When the contractors leave for the day and the area is safe allow the dog to investigate what has been going on. He will sniff curiously at new materials in his home. Be warned that a male dog may decide to hike his leg to mark the new strange smelling materials!
“It breaks my heart to see so many homeless or mistreated pets. I try to do my part to help them, by educating the public in pet health and care.” Donna also writes about pet care from personal experience with her own two fur babies. Subscribe above to follow what she writes or contact her at email@example.com