Moving with dogs requires a little extra care. Even as humans who know exactly what is going on, we think moving is stressful. Imagine what it must be like for our four legged friends. A dog’s home (and yard) is his castle and taking him to a new place is an adjustment. It doesn’t even smell right. There are things we can do before, during, and after a move to make moving with dogs a little easier, though.
Moving with Dogs – Before You Move
- Check Into Local Laws: Look into leash and licensing laws. Also, to be on the safe side, do some research on any particular breed restrictions in your new city, neighborhood, or rental community.
- Research Vets: It’s a good idea to do some research and make a list of potential vets for your dog. To be even more prepared, make sure you know which emergency vets are closest to your new home.
- Find a Place to Play: Be ready to take your furry friend out to play in his new neighborhood as soon as you can after the move. Find the nearest dog park to your new home.
- Make Sure Dogs have ID: When moving with dogs, you have to keep in mind that it will take some time for your neighbors to “know” your dog. Make sure your dogs have up to date identification in case they get out in your new neighborhood.
Moving with Dogs – The Big Day
- Consider a Pet Sitter: Sometimes to the best way to handle moving with dogs is not to! Consider a pet sitter or doggie day care to keep your pets safe until the transition is over.
- Pack with Your Dog in Mind: When packing, don’t forget to keep your dog’s bowl, bed, toys, and food easily accessible.
- Feed Your Dog Small Meals: Your dog will likely experience some anxiety as you move, so feed them lightly. If they have sensitive tummies, you may even want to skip a meal and feed them after the move is over.
Moving with Dogs – After You Move
- Pet-proof Your New Home: Check fences for any weak points and have doggie gates handy in case you need to keep your dog confined to smaller areas as he adjusts to his new home.
- Consider Using a Leash: You’ll want to keep your dog close by your side as you unpack and move into a new home. There may be dangerous items coming out those boxes as you put things away.
- Make a Familiar Space: After moving with dogs, quickly put together a safe space in your new home with beds, blankets, and toys that are familiar. It will let your dog(s) know you are at home!
- Stick to the Routine: Don’t let the chaos of moving day interfere with feeding and walking schedules.
For the most part, have patience and have faith. Dogs adapt fairly easily, but just like people, they need a little time to adjust to surroundings. As always, reinforce positive behaviors and set boundaries.