Moving can be stressful, and even more so if you have a dog. It’s important to take extra time to prepare as a pet owner, especially if you are moving into your first home. Here are some ways you can ensure your dog stays safe during this chaotic time.
Ease the Transition
Pets of all kinds are not fond of change. It can make them feel unsafe, and thereby act out. Bring in boxes slowly, but early. The longer they have to adjust to the idea of packing, the easier the transition will be. With that in mind, pack up one room at a time. It’s also good to get your pup used to being in their crate, as they will need to spend a large amount of time there during the move. Start by feeding them inside the crate so they will have positive associations with the space. Keep up with your dog’s schedule. The more routine their life can remain during the chaos, the happier they will most likely be.
On Moving Day
The absolute last thing you need on moving day is to lose your dog. To be sure your pet stays safe, you will need to cordon them off. If you are able, lock them in a room where they will be safe. Leave toys and treats to keep them entertained and content while you and the movers work. If you don’t have a spare room, you can also crate them during this time. They will be scared, so make sure to give them treats and toys and to reassure and check on them. If you can, before the movers arrive, tire them out by going on an extra-long walk or playing with them vigorously. A tired dog simply won’t have the energy to fret and worry as much as a dog that’s been pent up all day.
Prepare Your New Home
Before you move in, if it is possible, scout your new home and set some things up ahead of time for your dog. If you have a yard, you will need a fence to ensure that your dog does not escape. Building a fence can be both time-consuming and expensive, and there are usually city regulations you need to adhere to. You may also want to consider a wireless dog fence. Not only do you not need to maintain the fencing, but also you have more flexibility with setting your borders.
It may also be wise to invest in a dog-monitoring camera to ensure your pup’s safety while you are away from home. It may also curtail bad behavior, as you can focus on training if your dog is acting up. Setting these systems up before you move will allow you to put them into place the moment you have arrived at your new home.
This will continue to be a stressful time for your dog. Their home is gone, and instead, they are in a strange environment. You are going to need extra patience during this time. Start by maintaining their schedule. If you keep their feeding and walking schedule, they will feel reassured that not everything has changed. Explore the neighborhood with them. Give them familiar toys, bedding, and blankets. This is the perfect time to lavish your pet with attention and affection. By physically being there as often as you can, by loving them and petting them, you are reassuring them that they are safe, and you are there for them.
All in all, your dog is going to be a ball of anxiety. To minimize the stress to your dog, and the risk of them running away in the chaos, make sure to take the proper precautions. Fencing, crating, and paying extra attention to your dog can help improve your dog’s experience and keep them safe.
Guest Columnist: Special thanks to Cindy A., our guest contributor of this week's blog post. Cindy writes for Dog Friends.