Moving with a pet may seem like a complicated affair. New situations and sudden changes may escalate your pet’s anxiety level in ways you can’t imagine. So, when moving with dogs and kids, you should tend to their needs no matter how busy you are. Here are some tips on how to move with dogs and keep everyone happy.
Condition them to moving supplies before you start packing
We all know dogs love to sniff and explore every new in the house. Allow them to sniff some boxes and tape when you first buy your supplies. These things will be very prominent in their space over the following days or weeks, so let them get accustomed to the new smells.
Take them to the vet for a check-up
Make sure your dog’s health is in tip top shape before any move. Especially if you’re moving a far distance, it can be an exhausting endeavor. If your dog is flying, or going on a long car ride, it’s important to make sure they can handle the trip. And this also brings us to our next item:
Make use of anxiety meds
Moving day is going to be a confusing day for your dog no matter what. If your dog is prone to anxiety, you may want to ask the vet to prescribe some medication to help your dog stay relaxed during the move. If you’re flying, this medication will be even more necessary!
Pack up your dog’s necessities
Pack a bag of your dog’s favorite toys separately, but leave them out as long as possible. Make them the last thing you pack and the first thing you will unpack in the new place. That way your dog will have familiar things around them as soon as they enter their new home.
Try to stick to their daily routine
As much as moving day will be a shakeup in your daily routine, it’s best for your dog if you can stick to their schedule. Morning walk? Check. Food bowl in the same place at the same time? Check. The move will bring a lot of new experiences for your dog. Therefore, you want to keep them calm and relaxed as much as possible.
Find another place for them to be on moving day
For the real action, it’s best to have your pet be far away from all the commotion. Having movers in the house carrying their furniture away can really rattle an animal (or a child). If you can have a trusted friend or a doggie daycare watch your dog while your home is being packed up, this will be better. Plus, your movers will be able to do their job better if there are no pets around that could get hurt in the hustle.
Exercise, exercise, exercise
Exercise helps all of us work through anxiety – humans and pets alike. If possible, take your dog out to play before the big move and wear them out. They will be happy and excited and able to sleep better when they get to their new home.
Travel with your dog
If possible, you should take your dog to see and explore their new home before moving day. However, if this isn’t possible (perhaps you’re moving long-distance), make sure to be with them when they first arrive. This will reassure them that although the surroundings have changed, you’re still their roommate and everything will be fine. Remember that it will take some time for your dog to get used to their new surroundings, so don’t be surprised if they act a bit differently for a while.
In conclusion, that’s our advice on how to move with dogs. What’s your favorite place to soak in some relaxation or hiking? If you’re looking to move to any neighborhood in New York City and beyond, look no further than NYC’s top-rated moving company – Stride Movers. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to be the movers on your next relocation. Get a free quote now.