Moving home isn’t just stressful for humans – it can be pretty tough for your four-legged friends.
If you have a dog, you can’t expect to move without making any plans to ensure that he or she is okay – there are lots of things you’ll need to think about before the movers descend. Here are some of the most important considerations that will help to keep your dog safe and well when you leave your old home behind for pastures new:
Invest in Travel Equipment
Investing in a few items that will make traveling with your dog easier, such as car-safe dog crates, seat belt harnesses or mesh, and a bed that will help to keep your dog safe in the trunk of your car is something you should think about doing as soon as you know you’re moving. That way, you can get your dog used to using them, by driving them around the block a few times, so that, when the time comes to move for real, they’ll be as safe and comfortable as possible.
Segregate Your Dog
When the movers descend, you’ll want to have your dog locked safely away in one specific room, or if they have a kennel outside, that’ll be a safe place to let them stay. Make sure you put up a sign so the moving company knows where your dog is so that they won’t let him out where he could get injured.
If your dog is stressed, then you may want to think about sending him to boarding kennels until you’re ready to transport him to your new home. Sedation is also an option, but you’ll have to discuss whether that is appropriate with your vet.
Feed Your Dog Well Before Traveling
If you feed your dog well before traveling to your new home, she’s less likely to need as many bathroom stops and more likely to sleep. This brings us to…
Exercise and Lots of It
Before you head off to your new home, try to exercise your pooch as much as possible so that he’s worn out and won’t be worried about the journey.
Keep Him on the Leash
When you first arrive in your new neighborhood, even if your pup is well-trained and you usually allow him to walk off the leash (providing it’s permitted), it is probably a good idea to keep him on the leash until he’s had time to explore the neighborhood. You never know what enticing things might be around the corner, after all, and new environments can male dogs act unusually, so it’s better safe than sorry.
Because your dog is more likely to run away from a new home, it is also vital that you either have him microchipped or fitted with a collar and tag that contains your contact information for your new home. So many people forget this, and they end up spending a few harrowing hours or even days looking for their poor missing pooch!
Follow this advice; you should have no trouble moving with your mutt!