Moving Tips For Homeowners With Pets
an article by Cindy Aldridge of www.ourdogfriends.org
Help Your Pet Manage the Moving Process
Moving day is tough. There are boxes to pack, utilities to coordinate, and a host of strangers with their hands on your most precious possessions. And to top it all off, you have a nervous dog. Here’s how to get through your move while managing your canine companion.
Before the Move
According to Petcentric.com, a Purina company, the first step in preparing your dog for the big day is to take him for stroll through the new neighborhood. Take a walk by the new house and allow your dog plenty of time to get acquainted with his new surroundings. Dogs take in information via scent, so your pup will likely linger every few feet. Be patient and know this is a natural byproduct of your dog’s curiosity.
Speaking of curiosity, your dog will notice something is going on throughout the packing process. Avoid the temptation to stick him in his crate or banish him to the back bedroom. This may cause nerve-related behavioral issues including hyperactivity and barking.
During the Move
Once moving day finally arrives, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep your dog safe and sound amid the never-ending onslaught of activities. Care.com contributor Jennifer Mcguiggan says moving day is the perfect time to allow your pet to spend the day with a friend, family member, or pet sitter. If that’s not possible or desirable, empty one room and allow your dog the opportunity to snuggle on his favorite bed or play with his favorite toys. If you can’t physically check on him every half an hour, invest in a dog monitor camera so you can watch his activities and monitor for signs of anxiety.
Depending on how you plan to get from point A to point B, your dog may need to acclimate to life on the road. If you’re driving, the ASPCA recommends getting your dog used to being in the car by taking a series of short trips ahead of moving day. Keep a pet-friendly travel kit handy along with treats, water, and toys. Your veterinarian may be able to give your dog a mild sedative if he has trouble settling down. Always transport your dog in a well-ventilated carrier crate or tether him to the vehicle with a seatbelt specifically made for his size and weight.
After the Move
Your first days at home with your new pet may try both your patience. You may wish to revert back to “puppy rules” by keeping your dog on a harness while outside the home. Once you are ready for him to explore his outdoor area, check the perimeter to ensure he can’t inadvertently escape. If your new neighborhood doesn’t allow fences or you prefer not to detract from your home’s curb appeal, there are numerous invisible fence systems that can keep your canine contained while still giving him a view of the outside world. If you’ve brought your dog monitor camera with you, consider mounting it in the direction of your dog’s outdoor area so you can keep your eyes on him once you’re comfortable enough to venture back indoors without your pet.
Shortly after settling into your new home, reach out to a few local veterinarians and select the healthcare provider that you’re most comfortable with. Even if your dog is not ill or agitated from the move, it’s always a good idea to have him in his vet’s system before care is needed.
Dog is man’s best friend, but that won’t stop him from wandering off if things get rough. But you can keep him cool, calm, and contained by being patient and paying attention to his safety and security. Thankfully, dogs are adaptable creatures, and it won’t take long for your pup to feel right at home.