A move can be difficult for every member of the family, even your dog. While the transition can be stressful, there are a few things you can do to make your move as easy as possible on Fido. Bekins Moving Solutions has helped countless families (and dogs) get moved and settled into their new home. Here are a few tips we have learned along the way to make a move with a dog much easier.
Stick to a Routine
Maintaining a routine is critical to dogs as they will notice even small changes in the home. Try to keep to your daily routine as much as possible when preparing for your move. Keep walks and meals at the same time each day. Leave packing their toys, bowls, and leashes until the last moment, so their play routine is not altered. This will keep your pooch relaxed during the packing process.
Update Pet Registration
Ensure that any ID tags and microchipping information for your dog are updated with your new address as soon as you move house. If your pup accidentally bolts from your new home, you can be contacted right away when he or she is found.
When You Arrive
When you arrive at your destination, create a space for your dog to hang out while you unload your belongings. In the room, place his or her bed, toys, food, and water to stay comfortable. Moving can be loud and stressful for your dog. Giving them their quiet space will help them to relax. This also prevents them from bolting through the open door while you are moving in. Place a sign on the door to prevent people from opening it and disturbing your dog.
Kennel Your Dog During Travel
If you are moving long-distance, you may need to purchase a kennel for air travel. Many airlines have approved brands that they require you purchase for your dog. If you are traveling far by car, some dogs feel safer in a kennel as opposed to open in a car. Test out a kennel if you aren’t sure and see how your dog reacts. Promote positive re-enforcement with treats and praise when your dog is in the kennel. Never use the kennel as punishment. For many dogs, the kennel becomes a favorite place to relax after a move!
Be Aware of Travel Restrictions
There may be travel restrictions depending on weather and location. Some states require quarantine for a day or two before bringing your dog into the state. Read ahead of time on requirements for traveling across state lines with your dog.
Find a New Vet
In case something happens, you will want to have a local vet ready to take your dog into. Prior to moving, scope out local vets in the area and determine which office would be the best fit for you. Call them ahead of time for a checkup so they can get to know your dog and be of service in the event any injuries happen during your move.