Tips For When You’re Moving With Your Dog
Most of us have packed up our lives and moved to a different house, city, or state. This can be stressful for our four-legged friends, so here are a few tips to help make that transition a little bit easier.
BEFORE you move:
- Take your time packing. It is less stressful for your dog if you pack your house over the span of a couple of weeks rather than in a panicked hurry. Make sure you leave some of your dog’s favorite toys out and pack them last.
- Maintain your dog’s normal feeding and walking schedule.
- If possible, take your dog to your new house before you move in. This will help them get used to their new surroundings. Take them on regular walks in the new neighborhood so they can get used to the new sites and smells.
- Purchase id tags with your new address and license your dog in your new city.
- If your dog is not accustomed to being in a crate, now is a good time to get them used to it. This will come in handy for keeping your dog safe on moving day and for giving them boundaries in your new home. Some easy tips to acclimate your dog to their new condo are to feed them in it (with the door open) or give them their favorite toy or stuffed Kong. You can also practice obedience skills such as laying down when they go into the kennel.
If using a crate is not possible, you can always put your dog in a small room with their water dishes and toys. This will also keep them out of your way on moving day. Be sure to let the movers or your friends know that the dogs are in that room. You don’t want them getting out and possibly running away.
- Of course, you could always put them in daycare or board them on moving day.
AFTER you’ve moved:
- Unpack your dog’s favorite toys and food and water dishes first. Having familiar things around them will help them be more comfortable in their new surroundings.
- Once again, keep your dog in a doggy condo or small room, and consider giving them a stuffed Kong or their favorite chew toy. This will ensure that they are not underfoot while you’re unpacking and that they won’t get loose and run away. They will also have a positive association with their new environment.
- Even a dog that is house trained may have accidents in a new home. Make sure you clean up accidents with an enzymatic cleaner such as Nature’s Miracle. Also, consider putting your dog back on a remedial house training schedule by taking them out frequently and using a leash when you do so.
- If you need to leave your house the first few days, help them feel more comfortable by leaving them in their kennel, playing soft music, and giving them their favorite toy.
- Most importantly create a new schedule for your dog by taking them for walks and giving them lots of love and attention.