Moving from one home to another is a complicated affair for everyone in the family – for parents, kids and pets alike. Every single family member will eventually get affected more or less by the relocation, but if you’re a proud dog owner, then you should know that your upcoming residential move will surely not be a walk in the park for your poor pet.
Some dogs tend to have a rather strong reaction to alarming signs that their calming routine will be disrupted and it may be quite some time before any resemblance to it is restored. Their heightened sensitivity will cause them to become rather anxious, confused, stressed out and plain frightened the moment they sense that something big is going on, and something even bigger is waiting for them around the corner.
Take advantage of the following step-by-step tips for moving a dog to a new home in order to help you make this transitional period easier on your beloved dog and have a relatively smooth move from start to finish.
How to prepare your dog for a move
- Sadly, you dog won’t understand the reason behind the fast changing environment around them. After all, what is your dog supposed to assume when seeing piles of new cardboard boxes around and commotion of weird noises, unfamiliar smells and strange voices in the house? Sit down with your dog and do your best to explain to them what really is happening. You may not be fluent in Canine language but there’s a high chance that your pet friend pick up the reassuring tones of your voice and feel much better as a result.
- Your animal friend should be in perfect health to bravely face and consequently emerge unscathed from the forthcoming house move. Make sure you find time in your tight pre-move schedule to take your dog to be thoroughly checked by the family vet. While at the vet’s office, take the opportunity to request your pet’s medical records or other documentation needed for your dog to be transported to a new state, listen well to any last-minute advice the vet doctor may give you regarding the relocation trip and ask for recommendations for a good veterinarian in the new city you’re moving to.
- Decide exactly how you will move your dog across country. Professional cross country movers will not usually agree to move your pet as pets fall into the category of forbidden items for transportation (together with plants, perishables and hazardous items). The best transportation method for your pooch is to take them on an exciting relocation trip in your own vehicle (read on for more information). However, if that is just not possible, you have two other viable options to get your pet safely to your new home: either take them with you on a new-home-bound plane or hire a specialized pet shipping service provider.
How to move your dog across the country
Moving day has arrived and it’s time to actually embark on the moving journey with your best friend. Read the next tips for moving house with a dog:
- If your dog gets more and more nervous just before the moving trip, contact the family vet once more and discuss the possible use of suitable tranquilizers.
- Make sure you load your pet into your car last, just minutes before you depart with your vehicle and don’t forget to take meaningful artifacts of their old, familiar and calming world – favorite toys, best loved blankets and so on.
- Frequent stops on the road are a must – a decent chance for your confused dog to breathe some fresh air and ease a bit their stressed out nerves. Be sure to use a leash every time you take your canine friend out of the car.
- Any plans to spend the night at a motel, hotel or at a friend’s house should include your pooch as well. Plan your car trip well and reserve only places with pet-friendly policies.
How to calm your dog after moving
Moving your dog across country may hide a number of unpleasant surprises for badly prepared dog owners. Having followed our tips for moving house with a dog, you must have had a fairly problem-free relocation to your new home. Let’s say a few words about how to help your canine friend with the acclimation period.
- Ideally, your new home will be a house with a spacious but securely enclosed yard where your dog will have the unique opportunity to shake off any depressing thoughts through play. If not, then you should keep your pet in a room for a few days until the initial relocation shocks begins to dissipate. Some dogs may have it too rough and try to escape this new strange place so be extra watchful to not let it happen.
- Although your post relocation schedule will probably be overwhelmingly full, you must find sufficient time to show your pet friend how much you care for them. Be vigilant about any worrisome signs of separation anxiety that your dog may begin to experience. To ease their possible fears, anxiety and discomfort, do your best not to leave your pet alone for prolonged periods of time.
- Your beloved dog should be back to their former self in a few weeks’ time. However, if they continue to feel down in the dumps, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from a qualified vet.