A Dog is like your best mate so ensuring their health, emotion and safety are extremely important.
If you think moving house with your Dog is stressful for you, think again. The truth is it’s much stressful for them!
Pets get stressed when everything around them is different from what they’re used to. For man, it’s quite easier to adjust to one’s surroundings, especially since moving houses is natural. But for our pets, it’s a totally different story.
Before you move, or even decide to move houses, there are a few things you need to consider: your pet’s health, safety, and emotions. How you even address these concerns differ on the pet you have. So for this article, let’s go through these factors by focusing first on moving houses with your dog.
Your dog’s health
Before the move, there are a few things you need to consider which can help ensure his health.
- Meet up with his vet ahead of time. Tell him you are moving especially if you will be far from his clinic and can’t meet up on a regular basis. Ask for your dog’s medical records to help the next vet to care for him.
- Have your dog take his shot if it is almost due for him to have it. If you are moving far, or due to the many adjustments you need to make after the move, it may take some time before your dog gets it.
- Ask for a medicine your dog can take if he is not used to travelling far.
- Bring with you in the car his items rather than having the removalist team put it in the truck with your other items. His drinking bowl should be within reach in case he needs to drink water to cool him up.
Your dog’s safety
Pets tend to run away from a new home, looking for that familiar place where they feel protected. They also go crazy when stressed, running around the place which can lead to accidents not just on themselves but on others as well. Make sure they don’t harm themselves with these tips.
- Before moving, be familiar with every area of the house. If you have a yard, make sure it is fenced well to avoid any escape from your pets. Set a boundary where he can roam around to also avoid areas which can harm him.
- During the move, put your dog in a room to avoid him getting stressed over removalists coming in and out of the house. Make sure the room is empty of items that need to be loaded in the moving truck. Stress can lead the dog to escape or cause any trouble leading to accidents.
- If you have a cage for your dog, you can use this to keep him safe while travelling. If you don’t, make sure he is secured in the car.
- During the first few days in your new home, don’t let your dog out of the house by himself. Take him for walks using a leash. Gradually let him walk without it when you see he’s already familiar. Of course, this may take a while. Be patient and let him settle in his new environment.
Your dog’s emotions
Dogs are more active than cats. They jump around, run around and play around – in short they get excited a lot! However, you can easily see them stressed whenever they’d see “strangers” (the removalist team), coming in and out of the house moving boxes, and when he’s far away from “home” (the place where he got used living in). You need to make the move as convenient as possible. Here’s some ideas how:
- Visit the new place where you will be staying with your dog. This will help him become familiar with the environment to easily adjust when you move. If it has a yard, you can let him lose but make sure that the area is safe for him. You can also let him dig areas where he keeps bones.
- Go through your dog’s usual routine. Despite the many items you have to pack before the move, and meet other agendas related to it, make sure you walk your dog, feed him, and even play with him at your usual times. Don’t change it. The closer your moving date is you have to be strict on following his routine to ease him up.
- Set up your dog’s items first when you get to your new house. Make him feel more at home. Do these before setting up your furniture and other items – try to help make him comfortable. If you can, put him out the back in in one of the rooms while the furniture and goods are being moved – this can help as he might get further stresses with all the removalist team moving about, as well as keep him from accidentally getting underfoot or wandering away if the doors are open.
- Stay at your new home more as your dog adjusts. It’s not enough for you to leave him with a pet sitter. Be there for him. Instead of dining out, dine indoors. Spend more time with your dog to comfort him and help him adjust after the big move.
Moving house with your dog needs extra care in planning. They depend solely on their masters, not just for food and other things for survival, but also for comfort, especially once they are in a new environment. Some tend to run away while some tend to get depressed when they get stressed over sudden changes. Show them your love. While they can’t understand a thing you say, how you care makes them feel at home.