Moving with your dog is a tricky business. Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you pull it off the right way
By Guest Blogger Arnold Katz
Moving alone is a tricky business, as you have to take care of so many things, mostly at once. However, if you relocate with your dog, that adds new layers of stress and problems to the whole process. Without a proper plan and knowing what needs to be done, your dog won’t be on board with the move, and it’ll become a traumatic experience for it.
You need to keep in mind certain things if you want to avoid freaking your dog out. Of course, on top of your list should be making it comfortable from the moment you know you’re going to move to your new house or apartment. But there are other factors you need to take into consideration. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered with a few pieces of advice that can help you pull it off the right way:
Prepare yourself and your dog for the move.
One of the best ways to keep your dog calm during the relocation’s major steps is to remain relaxed yourself. You don’t want your dog to see you become anxious and stressed. Try to void freaking out in front of it. Whenever you can, talk to your dogs about your new home, the plans you have, and what all this change will mean for your beloved animal. Of course, it won’t understand a thing, but your calm voice will make them feel safe, helping it get into a positive mood.
What other things do you need to prepare your dog for the move? Here are a few tips:
- Make sure you gather your dog’s health records and put them in a safe place. They will come in handy when you find a new veterinarian.
- A few days before the move, reduce Fido’s food servings by one-third, so he won’t have a full tummy when he’s rocking on a plane or bouncing in a car.
- When you move to a new country, you have to take care of more than just a few papers. You have to ask your current veterinarian or do a little research on what kind of tests, inspections, and vaccinations are needed in the country you’re moving to.
- If you need help, you should hire a moving company. Many firms, such as Empire Movers, have the necessary skills and tools to relocate a dog to be 100% safe and efficient.
Some dogs have a hard time getting used to their new home, and they are prone to escaping. Be sure to have ID tags with your new address, and don’t forget about microchipping your pet. That way, finding them will be much easier.
On moving day
One thing’s for sure: the moving day is chaotic, especially for your dog, who’ll have a hard time getting used to new people coming into your home and taking stuff. If it’s possible, hire a dog sitter for a day, so your beloved pet won’t have to endure the stress of the actual move.
When everything has been packed, get your dog and put him in the car last. Be sure to cover your dog with a light blanket, so it feels warm and safe. When you think that your dog is calm and got used to the car and the whole situation, remove the blanket.
Getting to know the new home
If you have an overly curious dog, you’ll see how anxiously it will sniff around your new home and won’t leave out even one small corner. Of course, some dogs need a bit more time to discover a new place. Regardless of the approach, always let your dog do it at its own pace. Don’t rush it and be patient with it.
When the movers arrive with your belongings, make sure to segregate your dog in a safe room until every item is put in its new place. During the first few days or even a week after the relocation, stick to its old routine: feeding and walking time, sleeping together (if that’s the case), giving it its favorite blanket or toys, etc. Then, if needed, change the routine to match the new environment.