Moving to a new home can be stressful, from packing to finding the right movers, there’s a lot to think about. If you have a pet, this time can be even more stressful for them, who have no idea what is going. We know how difficult it can be to plan a move with a furry one, so here is a guide to moving with your pet to keep them calm and safe:
When Packing Your Home
When you are packing up all of your things, be sure to leave your pet’s personal items out for them to use. Keep your pet in a separate room with all of their things and the door closed. This way there is no chance of your pet escaping while movers are coming in and out. Another option is to leave your pet with a family member, friend, or at Dog City. A day of daycare is the perfect way to keep your dog busy during a move. Keep your pet’s daily routine during this time to help ease anxiety.
Planning Your Trip
If your pet is not fond of being in a crate, start to train them into being so in the weeks leading up to your move. This will make traveling to your new home with your pet a lot easier. You can acclimate them to the crate by using treats and praise, having them eat their food inside their crate, and carrying them around in the crate on test runs. The goal is to make the crate a safe, happy place in their mind.
Settling In To Your New Home
Begin by pet proofing your new home however you feel necessary. Next, introduce your dog to the place in your home where they will spend the most time. Have all their toys and things out so they have something familiar. Gradually let your pet explore the rest of their new home.
Be extra patient with your pet during your move. In time they will feel right at home!
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Written by Vincent M.