Let’s face it, moving is a very stressful time for everyone. That includes your dog who only knows everything is being packed in boxes and nothing is where it is supposed to be.
What can you do to ease the transition into a new home or apartment? Here are some tips that helped us during our recent move to a new state.
Spend extra time with your dogs
It is easy to get so involved in all the packing and paperwork that you forget to spend quality time with your dogs. They need to be walked and played with each day. Believe me, it will do both of you a world of good.
Expect your dogs to be curious about what is going on in their home sweet home. Don’t be surprised if they become Velcro® pups! They can see things are changing and don’t want to be left out of the action. They also pick up on your anxieties, so it helps to take a few deep breaths and give them an extra hug. Your stress will fade away and they will appreciate the love. Try to understand their world is being turned upside down too. Be patient as they inspect all the boxes and try to “snoopervise” everything you do.
Visit your veterinarian
Take your dog to the vet for any shots or health issues before you move. Don’t forget to get a copy of their health records for your new veterinarian.
Do your homework when selecting a new doctor for your best friend. Ask neighbors and read online reviews before selecting the vet that seems the best fit for you. I suggest visiting the office and speaking with the staff. You need to feel comfortable and confident with the person that is responsible for your furry family member.
If you haven’t already had your pet microchipped, now is the time. There are countless stories of dogs running away or getting lost during a move or their new home. If they are microchipped, simply go online and update the information with your new address. It only takes minutes but can save a lifetime of heartache.
Calming the Nerves
We gave our dogs herbal supplements to help calm their nerves. A combination of CBDs and all-natural relaxers worked wonders for them. If your best friend needs something stronger, a veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety medication. This is strictly a personal choice between you and your vet.
Dust Bunnies = Allergies
If you have lived in your current residence for any length of time, there are places where you will realize you never dusted. When you move beds, chest of drawers or other heavy items, you are going to disturb a lot of dust bunnies! This can cause your pup’s allergies to flare up. The dust can disturb their sinuses as well as cause them to itch. It is good idea to keep them out of the room until you can vacuum.
Look Out Below
Our dogs were continually getting under our feet as we moved boxes in preparation for the big moving day. It became a safety concern for all of us. They could get stepped on or have something dropped and injure them.
We were also concerned about falling if we tripped over them. The decision was made to put them in a room behind the dog gate. They could see what we were doing but were in a safe zone. You could choose to put them in their crate if you are working in all the rooms. Safety is no accident!
Packing Your Dog’s Things
You will want to postpone packing their favorite toys, chews and bed until the last possible minute. Remember that you are going to need their food and bowls during the move, so it is best to pack them in the car for easy access. If you have a moving van transporting your belongings, have the dog bed loaded last so you can place it in the new home as soon as you arrive. This will give your dog a sense of belonging and help reassure them as they explore their new territory.
The New Home
Introducing your dog to the new home is important. Allow them to look around in all the rooms and get a smell of the place. Show them where they will be eating and sleeping. Put their toys out where they can find them. They will feel more comfortable once they begin to recognize familiar furniture and items being unpacked.
Be sure to keep them on a leash as you explore outside. If you have a fenced yard, check for any potential places they could escape. Make any needed repairs before they are given free range.
Moving is hard on everyone but with a little planning and some forethought, you can ease the transition for your dog. Of course, a house is not a home without a dog!
M. K. Clinton
M. K. Clinton is an award-winning author of The Returns book series and lifestyle dog blogger at Barking from the Bayou. She lives in Texas with her husband of thirty-five years and their two dogs, Bentley Basset Hound and Pierre Westie. A quote from her second book The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” has become a favorite with dog lovers around the world.