So You’re A Dog Owner, and You’re Moving
Moving can be incredibly stressful on its own. It’s not only a physical process but also a mental and emotional one. Then with a dog or multiple dogs added to the mix, the whole ordeal can be overwhelming.
Thankfully, you can take specific steps to make a move easier for both you and your furry friend(s). To avoid confusing or upsetting your pup(s) during a move, follow Dope Dog’s guide, so you have one less thing to worry about during this stressful time.
Before you load your dog(s) into the car and whisk them away to your new place, you need to conduct a little research. First, look up the contact information for the nearby veterinary hospital. Then, in case of an emergency, you will have the number and address ready to go.
Have the technicalities sorted before you arrive.
If you’re switching primary care vets, you should transfer all of your dog’s medical records to the new hospital. If you are lost finding a new veterinarian, your previous vet should be more than happy to provide you with a referral.
It might also be helpful to look up nearby dog parks or other areas where you can take the dogs if you don’t have much yard space. Then if they need to get out any energy or go potty while you’re moving, you already have a location in mind so they don’t grow more agitated.
For The Actual Move
Now it’s game time. You’re ready to pick up your precious cargo and bring your dog(s) into the new house. First things first, if your dog(s) has anxiety during car rides, follow these tips to help them cope and calm down. You can also give them CBD treats before the ride so that they’re feeling even more zen.
Comfort is key.
Make sure that when you’re loading up the car, you pack your dog’s comfort items nearby. Taking this step can help with any car anxiety, plus you will want to put their favorite toys or bed in the house right away to help them adjust.
In a new place, chew toys, blankets, and their food and water bowls can make everything feel familiar for the dog(s). An empty house isn’t inviting to anyone, especially a clueless dog who doesn’t know where they are. Give them a set-up like they had at your previous residence and let them settle in.
If you have movers or other people going in and out of your house, you might want to barricade the dog(s) somewhere with their comfort items if you’re worried about them running out. Along the same lines, make sure they’re sporting their collar with proper identification just in case.