We’ve talked about how moving with a baby or a kid is tough. Now, how about a little furry ball of energy? Moving with a dog can be tricky because, unlike a baby, a dog is a bit more free moving and independent, yet requires a certain amount of attention—especially when things are about to change.
Moving with a Dog: The Dos and Don’ts
During the times of packing and unpacking with a dog, your pet is going to be very curious, if not slightly agitated. When there comes time for change, your dog might be more energetic or destructive, so keep a close eye on them and make sure they’re out of the way…because they will get in the way.
Do: Keep calm and relax. Your dog is very sensitive to your emotions, so try to control your stress levels. Make sure to pack your dog’s stuff last, so they’ll spend less time without their toys, bed, kennel, etc.
Don’t: Ignore or neglect your dog. Moving with a dog will be a tester for sure, especially for more energetic breeds, but it’s all worth the trouble once everything is packed up. Also, don’t leave your dog alone with nothing to do while all this is going on. Give them something to do, like keeping them occupied with a toy.
Traveling to your new home
After cleaning out your old home, it’s time to hit the road to your new one. The hard part of packing is over, and now you can at least relax on the way there, whether it’s close by or far away. However, if it’s a long distance move, you may find moving with a dog, or moving with pets in general, takes a little bit longer than it normally would.
Do: Make sure your dog has everything he or she needs for the road trip: food, water, and something to keep them occupied. A dog requires a bathroom break every 4 to 6 hours, so pay attention to the time, and make all the necessary pit stops your dog will need.
Don’t: Leave your dog in the car once you arrive. Let your dog out first, so they can go to the bathroom. Then, let them get situated in your new home. Also, don’t leave them in their kennel for too long. Let them run around and get a feel for the place. Most importantly, don’t forget to make those pit stops for the sake of time. More than anything, your animal needs its fresh air.
Finally settling in
This is objectively the best part of the move. All you have to do once you get done with the tedious task of unpacking while keeping your dog out of things for a bit is to relax, have a cold drink, and maybe watch some TV. Once your energy stabilizes, so will your dog’s.
Do: As soon as possible, you should update your dog’s tag with your new address and contact information. A dog being in a new location probably won’t be easy for them for the first week or so. That said, the chances of them running away (even if you don’t think your dog will ever do that) will increase. Very quickly, you should jump into your routine to get your dog as comfortable as possible.
Don’t: Wash your dog’s blankets or bed. At least not at first. Their smell is familiar and will easily usher them into your new home more comfortably. Don’t overwhelm your dog with a completely new lifestyle. If a new lifestyle is necessary, ease your dog into it.
We’ll Handle Your Move
Red Carpet Moving Company can take care of everything for you while you focus on making sure your dog is fully comfortable and ready to move. Moving with a dog doesn’t have to be so tricky, because we also move pets. Call us today if you’re planning your move.