Most people move at some point in their lives. Whether you’re moving to a bigger home, because of a better job, or for another reason entirely, you will need to pack and get everything you own into your new place. That’s always stressful, but when you have a pet dog, things can get more problematic. Not only do you have to worry about the dog on moving day, but you have to worry about whether they will feel comfortable in their new home. Read on for some tips on having a smoother move with your canine companion.
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Finding The Right Home
If you have kids, then you likely worry about finding a home in a good school district and neighborhood. That’s because it’s not just you that has to move. The same is true with your pet dog. Before you put money down on a new place, you need to think about your dog.
Realtor.com explains that you owners or tenants about dogs before you buy. Not only can they tell you what it’s like having a dog in that space, but they can talk about the neighborhood and pass along any good tips like the location of local dog parks.
Preparing Your Dog For Moving Day
Now that you’ve found a new home great for you and your dog, you can start packing. However, remember that your dog looks to daily routines for security and comfort. Changes can upset some dogs. That’s why you should space out your packing over time. Start early and pack a little at a time. Not only will this help your dog handle the changes, but it makes packing easier on you.
In the days leading up to moving day, take your dog on more walks and tire them out. Dogs with plenty of energy can get in the way and act out. Exercise helps make them calm. You also want to contact any movers and let them know how to interact with your dog. When it finally comes to moving things out of the house, either keep your dog confined to a crate or have a friend dog-sit at their house.
Helping Your Pet Acclimate To The New Place
You did it. The big move is finally over, and now you and your faithful dog are sitting in the new home. Before you start unpacking everything, you need to spend some time helping your dog acclimate to the new home. Remember, this is going to be a big and even confusing change for your pet.
Rover.com has a great list of tips helping your pet feel at home, including:
- Recreate their old area (bed, bowls, toys) as much as you can.
- Pet-proof your home by using gates and making sure any fencing is secure.
- Explore your home and surrounding area with your dog.
Make The Move Work For You Both
Moving can be just the thing you need in your life. And with these tips, you can make sure both you and your pet dog enjoy it. Start by making sure your new home is pet-friendly. Then keep to daily routines as much as possible and help your dog settle in. Before you know it, both of you will be calling this new place “home.”
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