Moving Day with a Dog Doesn’t Have to Be a Hassle



Moving Day with a Dog Doesn’t Have to Be a Hassle


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Every year, millions of people move — 32.4 million in 2018. It may be because of a new job, financial circumstances, or simply because we are looking for a change. And while it’s an exciting and exhilarating time, it can be fraught with many complications. Like moving our pets.


When it comes to putting your big move together, it’s important for owners to make sure their moving day plan includes their dog. Doing so can make the move smoother for everyone, and will ensure your pup stays safe. 


Know Where Your Dog Will Stay


Petfinder offers several tips to make moving day go more smoothly. Chief among those is having a neighbor, friend, or family member watch your dog when it comes time for the movers to arrive. Most dogs tend to be territorial, and this instinct may flare up when a crew of strangers arrive and start moving your furniture around. The dog will be understandably confused, and most likely anxious about all the upheaval.


If you don’t have another place to keep your dog, or if you simply decide that you want him by your side on moving day, give the movers fair notice. Some moving companies may have policies pertaining to on-premises pets. Even if they don’t have a policy, it’s polite to tell them in advance that your dog will be on-site when they arrive.


Keeping the Dog Safe and Secure 


Dog Tipper advises keeping your dog on a leash (you can get a leash for around $6 on Chewy) when the movers arrive. You can never be too careful, and if your dog were to injure someone, you are likely to be held liable for any medical costs and other damages. It’s also important to note that movers tend to leave doors open when moving items out of the house. Knowing this, it’s truly best for everyone if you keep him confined to a room with food, water, and toys. 


A Plan Before You Hit the Road


If you’re moving long distance and your dog isn’t used to riding in a car, you’ll want to have a few practice runs before the big day. In the weeks leading up to your move, take your dog on short jaunts that get increasingly longer. If your pup continues to show anxiety, talk to your vet about a sedative to help keep him calm. And don’t forget to pack supplies when it is time to hit the road. You want to have everything he could possibly need for those stretches of roadside when there isn’t a park.

A Successful Move is All About Establishing Routine


If possible, pack your dog’s things last so that you can set him up as soon as you arrive in your new home. This will immediately help him find some sense of familiarity in an otherwise unfamiliar space. Also when you arrive, immediately take your dog where you will expect him to use the bathroom. This is the first step in establishing a new routine.


Remaining consistent after you move is critical in helping your dog settle in. From walks to feeding schedules to the house rules you had in place at your old domicile, minimize change by treating him the way you always have. This will help to reduce your dog’s sense of stress and anxiety, and it can help him more easily adjust. 


Also, don’t forget to allow your dog to get used to the property, which means giving your pet access to the back yard. And because your pooch will spend a fair amount of time in this space, it’s important to ensure everyone’s safety by installing a fence if you don’t already have one. Not only will this prevent your dog from escaping, but it will also protect your best friend from other animals that may be roaming throughout the neighborhood. Just remember that you’ll need to make room in your budget for this expense; in Greenville, homeowners spend between $2,150 and $4,315 on average to install a wood fence.


A new home often signals new beginnings and a step-up in life. For your dog, a move may not be as titillating. But if you plan ahead and think of ways to keep him safe and comfortable throughout the process, you’ll eliminate stress for you both. 



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