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Moving day is a stressful time for the entire family. And because it goes without saying that your dog is part of the family, it’s likely a very stressful experience for him or her, too. It’s not possible to explain to your dog what exactly the upheaval is all about, but with a little advance planning, it’s possible to reduce the turmoil your pet will endure during a complete change of locale. Here are some easy-to-implement tips that your best friend will be sure to appreciate.

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First of all, calm yourself down. Sure, it’s inevitable that your nerves will be on edge when getting ready to move. Even if your excitement is 100% positive, however, your dog will likely pick up on a change in your temperament and react to that. So do your best to remain as unruffled as you can, and stick to your usual routine as much as you are able to. In terms of your pup, that means making sure he’s fed and walked at normal times, even if you’re up to your ears in other things to take care of.

Then, check with your vet. Again, we know — the last thing you need is another thing for your to-do list. But take heed: Animals that are older, have health issues or are simply used to a very constant routine might experience the stress of moving more seriously than others. There may be behavior changes that could be unsafe for your pet and your family. There also may be concerns about the best way to transport your dog to the new home. Your veterinarian can make informed suggestions based on your dog’s health profile so you can manage the move with fewer risks.

Pack your dog’s area and belongings last. While you are busy organizing each room and packing up your items, it’s helpful to keep your dog’s favorite “area” intact as long as possible. Try to keep him in that vicinity, with his belongings around him, so his exposure to all the boxes, suitcases and other mysterious (anxiety-inducing) things is kept to a minimum.

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Don’t throw away or clean your dog’s old blankets, toys or bedding. We know — it’s tempting when relocating to a new home to start totally fresh. Sorting through belongings, tossing things that seem worn-out and washing everything squeaky clean is part and parcel of the moving process … and who wants to take up space in the van with Spot’s stinky old blankets and chewed-up KONGs?

Try to see it his way: Your dog will be entering into a brand-new space with nothing to orient him, and that’s scary! So consider taking along his favorite things — and keep them in their current, used state. Dogs are overwhelmingly scent-oriented creatures. He will feel much better with the comforting smell of these familiar items, and it’ll help him adjust to the new place that much faster.

Consider relocating your dog (temporarily) on moving day. Depending on your pet’s individual temperament, it may be best to simply keep him out of your house or apartment while shuffling around all the boxes and furniture. Ask a friend or relative to doggie-sit, or at the very least, take him for a nice, long walk during the bulk of the process.

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Take special care to introduce your dog properly to his new home. If you feel a little out of place for a few days in a new space, you’re not alone! Your dog is feeling just as disoriented as you are. However, having you and the rest of the family near will really help him adjust quickly — as will a carefully monitored introduction to the new place. Set up an area that is as similar as possible to his old digs, and place all his bedding, items, etc., accordingly. Upon arrival, let him explore this area thoroughly. You can then take him, supervised, through the rest of the home (don’t let him wander freely at first — he may engage in undesirable behaviors, such as chewing or marking). It’s also advisable to have at least one or two other rooms completely set up before you bring your pup in so things will seem more normal to him. Keep the mood upbeat and happy, and don’t forget to keep him on his usual schedule for walks, meals and playtime.

Most dogs will start to relax and be at ease within a few days of being in a new house, but some take longer than others. Be patient, loving and consistent.

 

 

Congratulations on your new space; before you know it, everyone in the family — including your dog — will be calling it home sweet home!

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Amber is the Director of Content Marketing for ForRent.com and has been with the company since April 2007. In her role, Amber strategizes, executes and optimizes a content and social media plans across multiple channels and platforms. This includes blogs, social networks, video sharing sites, and other conversational media. She spends a great deal of time building relationships with consumers, social media influencers, and bloggers to generate awareness of the ForRent.com brands. In her free time, Amber loves running, #hashtags, and DIY projects.

Comments

  1. Thank you Amber,

    This was a helpful little blurb , as we will soon be moving soon, our beloved dog has only known one home for a little over a decade.  He is an 11 year old miniature schnauzer and its been a stressful year as it is, with having a small surgery early on and with strangers walking in/out of his house.  I’m sure pets want to just be assured they are coming along for the new journey and not be left be left behind or abandoned, as i now some pets have been.    

     

    • Thank you Amber-

      It makes sense not to wash all the toys and blankets even though we probably would have ( timing ) , our two small dogs are our world and certainly  heavily take them into consideration when plans are made.

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