Moving into a new home is a big deal, and it can be a stressful event for many people. Trying to take care of things at your current home while getting the new place ready, checking packing lists and making sure you haven’t forgotten to do anything, and ensuring that everyone in the family is safe and happy the entire time is no small feat. When you have a pet, that’s one more thing you have to worry about.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make moving day easier with your dog. Not only will you want to make sure he’s comfortable in the new home, but getting there will need some preparation. Start with the moving company and make sure they’re okay with working around your pet, especially if he’s a breed that is typically aggressive. With a little planning, you can ensure moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
Here are some of the best ways to get started.
Pack a bag for your dog
Just as your family will need to, set aside a box or two and a bag for your dog specifically for moving day. These will hold his food and water bowls, food, treats, bedding, medication, leash, toys, and any toilet items. Because it’s important to make sure your pet is comfortable and will be able to stay safe during the hustle and bustle of moving day, you’ll want to have everything he might need handy instead of packed in a box that will be hard to get to.
Talk to the movers
Have a conversation with the movers before the big day about your pet and let them know how to interact with him. For instance, if he’s distrustful of new people, it’s probably best to have the movers give him space. They’ll also need to know where he’ll be during the physical move; if you think it’s best to keep him in a back room until everything is nearly loaded up just to be sure he’s safe and won’t get loose, let them know that so no one will open the door to that room.
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Let him get used to the new place
If possible, take your dog to the new house before moving day to let him get a feel for the layout. Allowing him to get used to a new place and all the new smells will help him settle in more easily and will make moving day much smoother for you.
It’s also important to keep your dog’s favorite things once you move. You might be tempted to buy a new food dish or a few new toys to keep him happy, but dogs are creatures of habit, and the move might be difficult for him if everything is new. Giving him some old favorites will help keep his anxiety at bay during all the changes.
Get some help
If you feel that moving day is going to be too much to deal with along with making sure your pet is safe, consider asking a close friend or family member to pet-sit for the day. If it’s someone he’s comfortable with, your pet will be able to handle the move a little easier while he’s away from you.
Moving can be costly and stressful, but with some planning, it can also be a chance to start fresh. Help your pet settle into your new home by making sure he gets lots of love and attention, especially during the first few weeks.
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