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What's That I Hear? It's Time to Move!
The stress associated with moving is understandable and just like their human housemates, can be an issue for dogs, as well. Read my outline below on how to limit the stress felt by your best friend throughout the moving process. With a little extra love, planning, and patience, you will reduce your pet's anxiety and help them adapt faster to their new home.
As you begin to get ready to move, try to keep your dog's daily routine as normal as possible. If your dog is not used to a crate or pet carrier and will encounter one during the course of the move, take a few weeks to get them comfortable with the idea so it does not add more stress on moving day.
If you are traveling more than a few hours to your new home, your dog will need water, food, any medications and a secure leash. Of course, you want to avoid separating from your dog during transport for any reason. Just in case... make sure your dog's ID tags are up to date with your CURRENT phone number. Carrying a photo of your dog will come in handy in the unlikely become separated.
If you're traveling by car and your dog is not used to it, ask your vet if a mild medication to calm the dog's nerves is recommended. A carrier is best for car travel and never, for any reason, leave your dog unattended in a car. Leaving a dog alone in a car puts them in danger, as well as leaving them fair game for theft. It is also dangerous to put your dog in a truck bed, a trunk or in the moving van. Your dog needs to be protected during transport and he needs the comfort and care of his family.
If you are traveling by air and your dog is small you can take it with you in the cabin. If the dog is larger, consult the airline to assure the cargo hold is temperature controlled and pressurized. Take a direct flight to avoid delays or the possibility of your family pet being separated from you and if at all possible, travel on the same flight as your pet. To avoid air travel for your dog, search on the internet for car transportation services for your pet. Your vet may also have information in this regard. These services do exist and can help eliminate stress and potential danger to your best friend.
Don't Forget ... Dogs are People, Too
During moving out, put your dog in a quiet place that is off limits to movers. A bathroom with a bed, a few toys and water is a good. secure spot. Hang a sign on the door to leave the pet alone and have one family member be in charge of checking on the dog throughout moving day. This family member should also be responsible for walking the dog when needed and getting him loaded in the family car when you're ready to leave.
Before bringing your dog to the new home, check for items or debris left behind by the previous owner that could hurt your dog. Loose nails, harmful chemicals or medications are serious dangers for family pets. Check the backyard, as well, for loose screens and broken fencing to avoid your dog getting hurt or lost. Be sure to restrict access to unfamiliar pools or bodies of water; don't assume your dog can survive a fall into an unfamiliar pool or body of water. If a dog does not know how to get out of a pool (find the stairs) or body of water (find the shoreline) it could put them in harm's way.
For those first few nights, give your dog extra attention and be patient with his anxiety. An old favorite toy or treat will be a welcome distraction from the upheaval. Make sure your dog has familiar beds and belongings around the house and a dedicated place for his food and water. During the distraction of moving in, try to establish a daily routine as soon as possible. Walking around the new neighborhood will be exciting for your dog. Reassure your pup and help them learn the new lay of the land and be sure to introduce your dog to the new neighbors.
Your dog will spend a lot of time exploring those first few days. Let them sniff and snoop all they want and offer loving reassurance to ease insecurity about the new surroundings. Your dog will soon get used to the new home and just as you become more comfortable, so will your dog.
Copyright 2012: Valerie Anne Martinetti
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