Having a dog can be one of the best feelings in the world (literally one of the best), and we want them to be a part of all the things happening in our lives (literally all the things). These can range from events such as birthdays to life changes such as a big move. The thing is, we can’t expect our fur babies to adjust immediately to the idea of moving into a brand new house and changing their familiar environment. They may feel uneasy and uncomfortable when you move to your new house, which can be stressful for both of you. And we don’t want that at all!! So, here are 6 ways to have an easy move with your dog.
Thankfully, you can actually make your trip much more fun for them. Here are some of the best ways to transform your house move into something your dogs (and any other pets) will love:
Travel with your pup to help them get used to transportation.
It’s very likely that you’re going to visit your new residence and neighborhood during the moving process. This can be due to having to sign documents, meeting with agents or other professionals, or measuring the rooms to accommodate your furniture. You can have your dog accompany you on the trip so they’ll get used to the idea of moving or visiting your neighborhood.
Visit your new home regularly with your pup.
In line with the first tip, it also helps to bring your pup with you when visiting your new home. This allows them to be familiar with their new home environment so they won’t be as stressed when you finally make the big move. After all, this new home will be “familiar territory” if your dog can regularly see it.
Slowly pack your things instead of all at once.
In order to help your dog get used to the idea that you’re about to move, try to pack your things one room at a time. If you’re in a hurry, try to leave your dog’s favorite area the last thing you’ll be packing, so they’ll be in a familiar environment but you’ll still be able to pack properly. When your dog sees that the usual things they see at home are getting moved “to different places,” they might feel stressed. Doing this process slowly can help your dog transition nicely.
Take a trip to the vet to get medical advice and necessary prescriptions.
If your pup feels sick during a trip to meet your moving company, it might be time to get them checked by a medical professional. Their vet can help give tips to make the move more comfortable and if they suggest your pup take medication for stress during the trip, hear them out! We also recommend CBD oil and treats for anxiety and stress while they get used to their new home.
Bring familiar items to them during the moving process.
While you might consider a fresh slate and buying your pup brand new toys for your brand new home, it helps to bring a few items familiar to them during the move. This is especially helpful if you bring these with you during the actual travel period. These can include familiar blankets and plush toys that can help your pup get more acquainted to your home.
Help them get comfortable in the presence of new visitors.
If you’re planning a move to the big city and are hiring a professional moving company, it helps to get your pup more acquainted in a stranger’s presence so they won’t feel as hostile to the idea of the move. During their free time, your movers can visit your dog to give them treats or even love on them to make them feel more comfortable in their presence. This reduces the level of stress your dog can feel during the move and may even make friends with professionals that have to work on your home!
With the above in mind, it’s important to remember that taking care of your dog during the move is just as important as any part of the moving process (maybe even more so). Ensuring their comfort allows you to resume the rest of the moving process knowing they won’t get sick or depressed with the idea of adjusting to a new home environment. Happy moving!
If you have any tips on moving with your dog, let us know below! We love shouting out great ideas from our readers!