A Comfortable Move for Your Dog
Moving to a new home is often a stressful time for the entire family, and your pets are no exception. Moving from a familiar and safe environment can be frightening for a dog, resulting in anxiety or even running away from home. It is times like this that a dog needs to feel secure in its surroundings. Here are some ideas that may help you prepare for moving with your much loved four-legged family member.
Keep calm during packing
Begin to pack as early as possible. This strategy will help your dog remain calm. If your dog senses tension or notices frantic last minute packing it may get overexcited and troublesome. Keep your dog’s sleeping equipment and toys aside so it can remain as settled as possible during moving preparations. A change to your dog’s usual routine may lead to stress.
If possible, make time to take your dog out for its regular walk, and keep the feeding schedule routine and organised. If you are moving to a nearby home, take your dog for a walk to familiarise it with the area. Your dog will learn a lot about its new home by the sights and smells of the surrounding area. Remember to update your dog’s microchip and collar tag with your new contact number. Take an updated photo of your dog just in case it gets lost or goes missing. You should also plan ahead by locating the nearest vet in your new suburb.
Moving day strategy
It may be best to leave your dog at a friends house on moving day. There will be a lot to do and catering to the needs of your dog probably won’t be your top priority. If you need to keep your dog with you, restrict it to one room with some toys and nibbles during the time the removalists are working. Hang a sign on the door informing everyone not to enter as your dog is inside.
Transporting your dog
don’t feed your dog within a few hours of departure, and if it is likely to suffer from travel sickness, restrict feeding entirely for at least half a day before the journey. If you are moving several hours across the city, take your dog for a good walk prior to the journey to minimise any boredom or restlessness. It’s also advisable to lay an old sheet or blanket on good vehicle upholstery if your dog is unaccustomed to travel. If the journey is taking longer than expected, do your dog a favour and take a comfort stop. Don’t put your dog in the back of an enclosed vehicle or truck. The darkness and noise will frighten the animal, and a lack of ventilation or heat can be extremely dangerous for a dog.
Getting settled in the new home
Ensure that the yard is safe and secure. Make a thorough inspection for any dangerous areas and check the fencing is completely secure before letting your dog explore the new space. If possible, have your furniture moved in before the dog arrives. If this is not possible, reverse the moving out procedure and keep your pet contained in a designated room with water and toys.
Once you have moved in, give your dog plenty of attention while it is getting settled. Go for regular walks and spend quality time with them. Make certain your dog is registered with the council and that all ownership information is up-to-date. Create your dog’s living space as soon as you move in. Organise their bedding, toys and bowls in an area where they feel safe and socialised.
Take the opportunity to introduce your dog to the neighbours. Owning a dog is well known as the best way to meet people, and will assist in breaking the ice with strangers in a range of social settings.
If for any reason your dog is undergoing dramatic personality changes, or seems depressed, make an appointment with the local vet. By taking these tips into consideration, along with a helpful dose of TLC, your dog should assimilate into the new environment with ease.