It’s no secret that moving is an overwhelming and stressful time times for humans. Sometimes we forget that moving does not only impact us, but also takes a huge toll on our dogs. Regardless of where you will be moving, dogs will face challenges and have trouble adjusting to a new home. We can take simple precautions to help make the moving transition a little easier for our little furry friends.
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Keep these steps in mind throughout the whole moving process from packing up your home through moving day.
- More walks! Increasing their walks will decrease their energy, which may be ideal during open-house tours or when the movers are moving your furniture. Keeping your dog in a crate when having visitors at your house can be easier if they are tired.
- Keep boxes and suitcases hidden! Having boxes and suitcases visible to your dog might alert them that something is changing and can increase their levels of anxiety.
- Stay calm! Moving and packing can be stressful. However, if you find yourself with high levels of anxiety around your dog, their levels of fear might increase. Remember, dogs feed off of your energy!
- Take rests during travel. If you are traveling a long distances to your new home, it is important to make pit stops for your dog. Every six hours or so, your dog should be able to walk around and stretch before getting back on the road.
- Make sure the new home is big enough for your dog. Don’t forget to consider your four-legged family members needs when house hunting. Make sure to keep an eye out for additional space for your dog to roam in and out of the house! Also look around the neighborhood for pet-friendly areas, such as parks.
Remember these tips when you begin to settle into your new home.
- Unpack your pet’s things first. It is crucial to give your dog a sense of similarity as soon as you arrive in your new home. Make sure your barking buddy’s bed, toys, and feeding bowls are easily accessible as soon as possible.
- Get back to a familiar routine. Keep the transition between homes easier for your furry friend by keeping their routine similar. This means sticking to the same walking, sleeping, and feeding schedule. Even if you find yourself overwhelmed with unpacking, take a break from that with a nice walk around the block with your canine companion.
- Find a new vet. Ask around your neighborhood for new vet recommendations for your dogs. If you have an older dog, make sure to reach out to your vet before moving to ensure you are taking every precaution necessary to keep you pet calm, cool, and collected during the moving process.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, yet overwhelming, for you and your furry friend! Make sure to take the time to help your pup feel more comfortable during the moving transition.
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