Moving With Your Dog

Moving . With your dog

Moving. That word can send a shiver up our spine like no other. Packing everything into boxes, hauling it across town (or even worse across country). It’s exhausting just thinking about it. But you also know the silver lining. The new house, new town- and in the end it’s worth it.

You dog, however, has no idea what’s going on.

So as you are planning your move and trying to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, don’t forget to make sure to take extra precautions to make the move as simple as possible for your pet.

  • Before the move – Build a checklist of things to take care of- be sure to include:
    • A visit to the vet- If you are moving far and you are leaving your vet go in for one last visit. Use this time to:
      • Get refills on all medications
      • Get any vaccines you need
      • If you are traveling long distance it may be worth getting a sedative
      • Ask for a copy of your dog’s medical history and vaccination records
      • Also always worth checking with them if they have a recommendation for a vet in your new area
    • Visit your groomer- here again if you are moving far then it’s worth a last to your favorite groomer. This is especially useful if you are going to travel by car because clipping those nails and a little trim can help keep your car looking spiffy.
    • Build a travel plan- You may just be moving a few streets down, but if you are moving farther away make sure to think out your travel plans
      • If you are flying to your new home double check the airline requirements- you may need a health certificate or an updated vaccine record
      • If you are driving to your new home be sure to plan the trip in advance:
        • Look at dog friendly hotels, restaurants and plan plenty of pit stops
      • Update your dog’s microchip- We The night before you leave update your dog’s microchip information with your new address
      • If you are moving close it’s worth to take your dog there ahead of time to start exploring the area
  • Packing:
    • Order your packing supplies (boxes, tape, etc.) and have them arrive a few days in advance so your pooch can get used to them
    • Involve them in the process. Let them sniff the boxes and poke about so they are not surprised when everything is packed away
    • Be reassuring and give a little more attention than usual (extra treats and snuggles)
    • But also try to maintain your normal routine- normal walks, feeding schedule and no special treatment like sleeping in your bed!
    • Pack your pooches belongings (bed, toys, etc.) last

More after the jump…

  • Day of the move
    • Since you will probably have a lot of people in and out it may be worth having a friend watch your dog that day, or even consider putting them in daycare. (Find help on how to choose a daycare here)
    • If they are at home with you put them in a safe room or their crate and make sure no one goes in the room
  • Getting to the new place
    • Don’t be tempted to let your pooch run lose in the new house, walk around slowly with them discovering each room and let them sniff thoroughly both inside and outside
    • Unpack their belongings first- signal to them that this is their new home
    • While you may be tempted to buy them new toys, beds or food bowls to go with your new place it may be wiser to wait awhile- since they are dealing with a lot of new right now
    • Confine your dog to a safe place (a crate or a room) when you start moving your things in. You may have movers coming in and out, or the door open and the last thing you want is your dog running out and getting lost in an unfamiliar place
  • Settling in
    • Get back to your old routines as soon as you can- snuggle time, walks, feeding and the likes
    • Be cautious about leaving them alone. They are in an unfamiliar environment and will likely get stressed. So worth taking them with you to run errands during your first few days and leaving them only for short periods of time
    • Keep a close eye on their eating to make sure they are eating right. If you see any changes such as loss of appetite this may come from anxiety and stress so keep a watchful eye
    • Explore your new surroundings. Take long walks, discover local dog parks and make new friends!
Tell us about your experience? Any tips to share?

Happy moving!

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Sources:

Moving tips for your dog from Classic with a Pop 

Moving with a reactive dog from Reactive Champion 

Moving guide from Old Dog Paws 

Moving tips for Dog Owners from NY Daily 

Moving your pet overview from ASPCA 

Additional reading:

We love this story from Hyperbole and a half

Don’t forget the dogs perspective

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