Though moving is a fun and exciting time it’s also stressful and moving with a dog can just add to that stress.
While you spend the time to prepare yourself, your family, and your home for the move, you don’t always realize that it’s important to prepare your pet as well.
It’s important to know exactly how to move with a dog because being prepared and covering your bases is the only way to ensure your dog’s transition into his new home is easy and comfortable.
Preparing your pet for the move not only eases their stress, but it eases yours as well, and it helps everyone more easily acclimate to your new home.
Continue reading for ten tips that will help lower the stress on moving day, including what to do to prepare, what to do during the move, and how to ensure your dog’s transition is as calm as possible.
Keep Your Dog’s Pre-Move Routine as Normal as Possible
Moving homes is a huge change for you, and moving with a dog is just as nerve-wracking for them. As it gets closer to the move try to keep your dog’s routine as normal as possible.
Don’t choose this time to change up your dog’s food (unless necessary), or their eating or bathroom schedule.
If your dog goes outside to play each morning, continue allowing your dog to do so.
Your dog is already used to this routine and knows what to expect, which comforts him and makes him feel safe. You don’t want to drastically change the home they live in and their daily routine at the same time.
Show Your Dog the New Neighborhood
If your new home is close to your current one take advantage of the proximity and get your dog used to going on a walk in a new neighborhood.
This is especially important if you’re moving from a loud city to a quiet suburb and vice versa.
This can also be great if you notice a lot of other families living in the area have dogs of their own as this opens up the possibility for your dog to meet new friends.
You want your dog to gradually get used to the vast change in sound and scenery before the big move.
Get Your Dog Comfortable with Moving Supplies
Because of your move the home that your dog is comfortable living in is going to start looking a bit different once all the moving boxes and supplies start piling up. It’s a good idea to get your dog used to these supplies and unfamiliar objects right away.
In the few weeks leading up to your move allow your dog to sniff the moving supplies, such as the boxes and packing tape. Seeing mountains of boxes piled up high in your home will be unfamiliar to your dog either way, but at least if they’ve already smelt and are familiar with the boxes it won’t be as stressful.
Bring Your Dog to a Sitter
Moving can cause your dog to become stressed, and it’s important to keep him as calm and comfortable as possible.
If you can, drop your dog off at their regular sitter’s house or with a family member or friend they’re familiar with.
If this isn’t an option try to keep them in one section of the house until everything is moved out of your home.
Arrange for Pet Transportation
If you don’t have anyone to watch your pet but would still rather him not be in your home arrange for pet ground transport or pet air service.
If you use this service a trained mover will pick your pet up from whatever address you give them and then transport your pet straight to your new home.
The transport specialist will give you photo and video updates during the day to keep your mind at ease and ensure you your pet is safe and comfortable.
Allow Your Dog to Explore
When you first get into your new home give your dog a tour.
Put them on a leash and take them into each room while giving them praise for exploring but also keeping a calm demeanor. If you want you can even give your dog a treat in each room so they begin to associate your home with positivity.
Afterward you can remove the leash and allow your dog to continue checking out their new home at their own pace.
Dog-Proof Your Home
As much as you want your dog to explore and get comfortable in their new home there may be some areas of the house you want to keep your dog out of, especially if they are any places your dog can get hurt. Make sure these areas are always blocked off to your dog.
Additionally, make sure your backyard fences and gates are in good condition. The last thing you want is to realize your dog ran away because he got through a broken fence.
Set Up a Quiet Spot for Them
You’re bound to have some boxes in your new home that don’t get unpacked for a while and they can quickly start to take over your home.
You want to make sure there’s an area in your home for your dog that’s clean, quiet, and all theirs. Try to put it somewhere where there’s not a lot going on so your dog has a place they can escape to when they need to calm down a bit.
Place some of their stuff in this area like their bed, their favorite toy, or a blanket they like to sleep with. Your dog is already comfortable with these items and this will make their transition into your new home easier.
Use Anxiety Aids
There are several anxiety solutions meant specifically for dogs. Tons of people are known to use CBD to calm down their dogs in stressful situations such as during a thunderstorm or on the fourth of July.
These aids and solutions can have a calming effect on your dog which is perfect to help ease any anxiety they may experience.
Always be sure to check with your veterinarian first and do research to make sure this is a safe route to take when it comes to your dog.
Show Patience and Compassion
It’s normal that you may experience some more barking and whining coming from your dog after a move. They’ll be more curious and explorative and may even be attached to your hip for a little while.
If this isn’t something you’re used to with your dog it can get annoying, but it’s important to remember to stay calm and positive.
Your dog is confused and nervous and isn’t used to its new home yet, so always try to remain empathetic towards them.
Find a New Vet
If your dog’s vet is far away from your new home it’s a good idea to find a new one, and you don’t want to wait until they get sick. Do some research or ask your neighbors if they have any suggestions so you can find a vet you can trust and your dog will love.
Update Your Dog’s Tag
If your dog has a tag on their collar with your home address on it, make sure you buy them a new one that has the updated address. Also if your dog is microchipped you’ll want to update any necessary information. Don’t wait until your dog potentially runs away to worry about whether or not they’ll safely return home.
Learn the Laws
Make sure you’re familiar with the laws in your new neighborhood such as the leash law. You may have been able to walk your dog without a leash at your old home, but some neighborhoods don’t allow that. The same goes for certain areas in parks. Always be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws to keep everyone safe and happy.
How to Move with a Dog
You’re now equipped with the necessary knowledge regarding how to move with a dog, and we’re confident your move will be seamless and stress-free.
Now let us give you a helping hand. Fill out the form on our website to arrange a move and give your dog the pet transport they deserve.