Article by: Cindy Aldridge
In this day and age, people are moving more than ever. Between job hunting, shifting neighborhoods, and having different needs as you grow older, it makes sense to search for a new home.
Moving is always troublesome, but when you own a pet dog, there are extra considerations to be made. How will your dog handle packing, moving, and living in a new home? Read on to learn some tips on how to move smoothly with your dog.
Getting Ready Before Moving Day
Moving begins many weeks before you ever start filling up a moving truck. You will need to make plans, contact companies, and put things into boxes. This is a stressful time, which is why you need to work on staying calm. Your dog will pick up on your stress and get upset because of that.
If you haven’t already, start with kennel training as well. Keeping your dog in a crate or cage can really help when you have tons of stuff to pack. This can also be a great way to literally move your dog to the new home come moving day, so start now with crate training.
Moving can be chaotic and overwhelming. It’s easy to forget something in all the madness. That’s why Hireahelper.com recommends creating a moving checklist. By putting everything down on paper, you can remember what needs to be done and when. This can help you reduce stress, which in turn helps your pet dog.
Keeping Your Dog Happy On The Big Day
Over the past few weeks, you managed to get your belongings in boxes. Movers have arrived, and it’s officially moving day. This day can be especially tough on both you and your dog, but there are things you can do to make this day go smoothly.
- In case your dog gets loose, have medical records, microchip info, and a current photo with you.
- Don’t overfeed them, as the stress can lead to stomach problems.
- Before the movers arrive, take your dog on a long walk to burn off some energy.
- Consider bringing your dog to a friend or pet sitter until the heavy lifting is complete.
If you have professional movers or friends coming to help, be sure to let them know about your dog beforehand. When they arrive, give them some treats to feed your dog. This can help your dog feel safe and happy around them.
Acclimating To The New Home
You made it into your great new home. You’re letting your dog get used to the place as you try to unpack the essentials. But is that a good idea? Your dog won’t understand what moving means, so you need to help them out a bit once you’ve arrived at the new home.
Start by unpacking your dog’s belongings first. They need predictability to feel comfortable, and you can provide that by recreating their old environment as best you could. Unpack their bowls and toys and try to put them where they used to be. (If your dog ate in the kitchen, put the food bowl in your new kitchen.) Likewise, continue any routines you had established at your old home.
As soon as you can, go online to find a new vet and how to license your dog. Both are needed, especially the vet in case there are any accidents as your dog explores your new home.
Help Both Of You Enjoy The New Home
Moving into your new home can mean many great things for you, but for your dog, it can be confusing and even scary. That’s why you need to start early with keeping calm and creating a moving checklist. On moving day, work with your dog. And once in your new place, help recreate the same environment as much as you can. When your dog is happy, you’ll be happy too.