Moving house might be an overwhelming and tough experience for you, but imagine what it is to your dog. These pets value stability and security more than anything. Any activity like going to a new place can have a huge impact. Although, moving house is inevitable, you can make the process easier for your buddy. The key is to make the transition as smoothly as possible.
Change of residence often becomes a reason for families to abandon their dogs because of certain restrictions. That is why you need to be sure that your apartment building and landlord are tolerant towards pets.
If your pet is not used to travelling or it is likely to experience anxiety, you should consult with your vet. They can provide you with behaviour modification tips. If you are moving to a new city, state or country check if your dog needs new health certificates or a vaccination. Try to find a new vet that operates near your location. Don’t forget to update your pet’s ID with your new address and telephone number.
Prepare Your Pet for the Move
It might sound strange to you but dogs are very intuitive and can sense the emotions of their owners. Try talking to your buddy. Even if it can’t understand you, your dog will react to your emotional state. If you are excited about the move, your dog will feel it and respond positively to the idea.
Your pet probably has a specific corner, reserved only for them. It is usually a peculiar place, where your dog finds cosiness and comfort. After moving house, you will need to settle a new place for your pet. Make the process less stressful by investing in dog – hut or a dog bed, depending on where you keep your pet. Do this a couple of weeks, so the dog gets used to it. In this way they will be surrounded by familiar items in your future home. If possible take your buddy on a little tour around the new house, where they can sniff, explore and pick their new spot.
On the Moving Day
The huge frenzy around the moving can make your dog anxious. The movers going in and out, the boxes that should be transported and on top of it your dog, running wild around the house. Avoid the chaos and leave your dog in a pet day care or at friends and relatives until you are ready. If you are travelling at a long distance, be sure that your dog is well accommodated and it has everything for the travel like food and water. Always have in hand your dog’s favourite toy.
At The New Home
The first thing you need to do is to unpack your dog belongings like bowls, food and bed. Place them at same spot they were in your previous home. Keep all the boxes out of reach. Otherwise you might find your buddy chewing on your stuff. In this sense, limit their access to dangerous chemicals and tools. Make them feel at home by decorating their own space with their favourite belongings. You might want to buy new things, but it’s better to preserve your dog’s old toys until your pet is fully accommodated.
In general dogs can be happy wherever they go as long as they are with their family and their needs are satisfied. Be patient with your buddy until it gets used to the new place. In return you will enjoy your dog’s pleasant company, loyalty and infinite love.