Good Morning Dog Lovers,
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Buying a new home or moving to a new apartment can be a thrilling and stressful event, no less so if you have pets. Changes in your routine can be especially stressful for your four-legged family members, so here are a few tips to help you make the adjustment easier for your dog.
Explore Your New Neighborhood
First, check out the neighborhood where you’ll be living to see how pet-friendly it is. See if they have any local laws or policies related to pets such as leash laws and dog-restricted areas. Find the closest dog parks and pet-friendly restaurants, as well as good places to walk your dog. Make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date and seek out a new veterinarian if you’re moving too far to keep your old one.
Once you know where you’ll be living, see if you can take your dog to visit and walk around. Familiarize them with the neighboring pets and people slowly, before or after you move, to keep them from getting overwhelmed.
Stage Your Old Home
Prepare your old space for selling. Pack personal mementos like family photos and child-made knickknacks; not only does this help declutter the space and make it look bigger, it helps potential buyers imagine themselves living there. Find a nook in the closet or cabinets to tuck away your dog’s belongings, too, including dishes, beds, and leashes. Some will associate a dog with a dirty house and dug-up yard, so create the illusion that your home is pet-free for showings.
Keep Your Dog’s Routine As Consistent As You Can
As you begin packing, limit access to the rooms being affected as much as possible. Put out a few boxes and suitcases to get your dog used to them and keep as much of their routine, along with familiar toys, bedding and feeding stations, around as long as possible. If they aren’t crate trained, do it before the move. Take them for walks when showing the house, and pack their things last.
Limit Pet Stress on Moving Day
On the day of the move, if possible, take them somewhere comfortable and friendly while boxes are being loaded by the movers. Put them in the moving vehicle last, preferably in a car they’re familiar with. If you’re flying, remember that larger dogs cannot fit in or under airplane seats and must go in the cargo hold. Decide if that’s what you want or whether you prefer to make alternate arrangements. If driving long distance, be sure to plan for breaks every 4 to 6 hours and to find pet friendly overnight lodging, if necessary. Car trips with your pet must be able to accommodate their need for breaks to be comfortable for everyone. Be sure that you have their medical records and a current photo with you in case you get separated.
Help Them Settle In
Once you get to your new home, take your dog outside immediately to relieve themselves and explore the new environment. Keep them leashed or restricted until you know that the new yard or outdoor space is secure and that hazardous chemicals and food have been unpacked and put away. Set up their new routine of feeding and walks as soon as possible to mirror their old routines and times. Introduce them to the new space and neighborhood slowly, keeping as many of their toys, beds, unwashed blankets, and bowls as possible. Get on the floor and play with them to spread your scent in the new area and help them to be less anxious. Walk and compliment them frequently to help them see that you’re still family, even with the location change. Make their new space fun. When leaving them alone, leave toys and treats to help them feel more comfortable.
Though you’ll never be able to eliminate every source of stress during a move, these steps can help ease the transition into your new home significantly for both you and your dog. Don’t forget to throw in plenty of exercise to burn off your frustrations, and focus on the positive end goal: a fresh start in a beautiful new home with your beloved canine companion.
Guest Post Blogger: Cindy Aldridge