Moving homes means big changes for everyone – including your furry friends. Here’s how to help dogs prepare.
As loyal members of the family, pet dogs play an important role in making any house feel like a home. But dogs are creatures of habit and may feel disoriented (nose out of joint, if you will) when it’s time to relocate or move to a new home. While they may not help pack boxes or load the car, you can still appreciate your beloved furry friends accompanying you on the journey. Here’s how to make your pup more comfortable during the big move.
1. Contact the vet before you go
Pay a visit to your local veterinarian before moving, especially if your travel plans require a long car ride or flying. They may have tips and tricks for calming nerves during travel and can also provide you with updated copies of medical forms for your dog.
2. Pack their comfort items Finding familiarity is key in brand-new surroundings. Make sure to bring along your pup’s favourite toys, blanket that lines their crate, or go-to dog bed. These security items hold the scent of a place they are used to. When you reach your new home, create a safe space right away – whether that’s a crate or just a cozy nook – that your dog understands is their zone for relaxing.
3. Update I.D. methods It’s critical that you update important information like your address and phone number on your dog’s metal tag. If your dog is micro-chipped, make sure to update your contact info in the database system. Your dog may try to do some unwanted exploring – so if they do escape from a new yard, an updated address will help them get home safely.
4. Stick to their typical food Sometimes, too many changes at once can lead to anyone not feeling their best. With new surroundings and so much unfamiliarity, make sure to bring along your pup’s normal food to not throw off their stomachs as they undergo stress. Plus, this will help ensure your new space remains accident-free (hopefully!).
5. Create routine from the start For many people and dogs alike, routine is grounding. Even amid a busy move, try to stick to your dog’s regular schedule, like the time of day they eat and when they get their exercise. Taking a break from moving to walk the dog might even help clear your head, too. Before moving day, take time to get acquainted with a map of your new neighbourhood and look up parks and walking areas nearby. Once you’ve arrived at your new home, a neighbour may know of the best local dog-friendly spots.