Onboarding your expat dog

Integrating your dog into the Dutch doggy world or ‘onboarding your dog’.

Relocating to a completely different environment can be tough for your dog. Living in a new house in a foreign country. Walking in a park with stray dogs. New smells, new sounds, new rules, new customs. Integration does not always happen automatically. Not only the owner but also his dog can become stressed.

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dogNL has an integration course for every dog ​​owner who wants to quickly integrate his expat dog into our Dutch ‘doggy world’: Onboarding your Dog, or an Integration course for Dogs.

Every dog ​​wants to enjoy a wonderful dog life

dogNL has useful links with information, advice on behaviour and exercises for the expat dog. Of course I also work with veterinarians and other dog professionals. Customization for adjusting or solving problems, so that dog and owner can quickly enjoy a wonderful (dog)life in the Netherlands.

Onboarding in 3 stages:

  1. The first day in your new home
    • First night in a new house, in another country
    • Crate = safe place
    • Housetraining in your new house
    • Clean up
    • Dutch Dog Poop
    • What to do when your dog has run away
    • Getting a new routine
    • A relaxed dog
  2. The second week in your new house
    • Choosing a new veterinarian (“dierenarts”) or vet clinic (“dierenartspraktijk”)
    • Dutch Pet insurance
    • Pet dog tax (“hondenbelasting”)
    • Food and other dog stuff
    • Being home alone
    • Walking on the lead  -1 rules&regulations
    • Walking on the lead  -2 re-training your dog
    • Dog walk services (“hondenuitlaat”) en Dog day care (“hondenopvang”)
  3. After the first week in his new house
    • Re-socialization
    • Advice on behaviour
    • Dog training, refresh the basics
    • Dogs on the beach
    • Pet dog traveling in public transport
    • Traveling in Europe 

Useful links for pets in the Netherlands

  • FDN, Ambulances for domestic animals in the Netherlands
  • Dierenbescherming, the Dutch society for the protection of animals
  • Hondenbescherming, the Dutch society for the protection of dogs
  • KNMvD, Royal Netherlands Veterinary
  • Amivedi for lost and found dogs, NL info en EN info,
  • RVO, Rijksdienst registration rules for bringing dogs from abroad
  • RVO, Rijksdienst registration rules for dogs imported through stray animal rescues