Moving with your dog
Moving With Your Dog
Moving is usually stressful enough for humans but it’s also a stressful time for your dog. However, there are some things you can do to make a move easier for your dog. Here are some tips for moving with your dog.
1. Make sure that your dog has his own crate.
Whether you use it for traveling or as a safe place for your dog to go to during the move, the crate can be an invaluable investment. If your dog isn’t used to using a crate, get the crate several weeks before the big move and help your dog get used to it. Put treats and toys in the crate and encourage your dog to go inside. Leave the door open so your dog can explore. Put food in the crate. Let him learn that the crate is a good place.
2. If you’re moving locally, take your dog to the new place and let him look around.
Take him inside and let him sniff the new place out. Let him look over the new yard or take him for a walk around the neighborhood. Allowing your dog to see the new home when it’s not as stressful as it will be on moving day will help him adjust.
3. Have new identification made for your dog.
Get new ID tags for his collar with your new address and phone number. If your dog has a microchip make sure you call the chip company with your new address. Call your vet to update your dog’s information. Updating your dog’s data can help in case your dog gets loose during the move.
4. Before the move inspect your new home and yard for anything that might be harmful to your dog.
People often leave behind old cans of paint, antifreeze, junk and other things that could poison or otherwise injure your dog. Check the place out thoroughly and properly dispose of anything harmful. Check for plants that could be toxic, too.
5. If you have a fenced yard be sure to check the fence out meticulously to make sure there are no areas where your dog can escape.
Check wires, look at the ground to see if your dog can dig his way out, and look for gaps. You’d be amazed at what small spaces dogs can squeeze through sometimes.
6. When moving day comes, try to keep things as calm as possible for your dog.
Do you have a friend who could dog sit your dog for the day? If so, try to leave your dog with your friend while you move and simply pick him up at the end of the day. If not, it’s best to keep your dog crated while people are going in and out of the house with furniture and boxes.
This will prevent your dog from slipping out the door when no one is looking. Put the crate in a quiet room so your dog won’t be disturbed. Make sure you provide him with some water and toys. Check on him regularly. If he seems upset try giving him a few drops of Rescue Remedy.
7. Once most of the commotion is over and people moving furniture and boxes have left, you can let your dog out to investigate his new surroundings.
It’s best if you supervise, especially when you let him outdoors in case he finds something he shouldn’t. Your dog will soon settle down and begin to relax in your new home together. If you have boxes and drawers open remember that your dog is still a dog and he may pick up something to chew on, so start putting things where they belong and setting up areas that will be off limits to him just as in your former home.
If you follow these tips for moving with your dog your move to your new home should go smoothly for you and your dog. Dogs are much more adaptable than many people realize. From your dog’s point of view, as long as he is with you then he can be happy. Just help him over the actual move and he’ll be fine.