Dogs are the best pet to have because, unlike humans (and other pets), they love you unconditionally and are forgiving. Owning a dog can help kids learn about responsibility and empathy. Dogs have remarkable loyalty, unconditional love and undying friendship.
If you’re planning a move or relocation and have a dog at home, the very first thing you should be aware of before the actual relocation is that dogs are very sensitive and may have a strong reaction to moving to a new home as they love the safety and comfort of their familiar surroundings. Your four-legged fur kid will not get used to sudden changes in its daily routines. Thus, you have to do quite a bit of preparation and work so that your fur kid’s routine and wellbeing will be least affected before, during and after the move.
We have rounded up some tips that you can follow to ensure that your dog stays calm, and safe throughout the entire moving process.
1. Keep your dog’s routine unchanged
Try to keep you dogs’ routine as similar as possible before, during, and after the move. If you have been bringing your doggo for walks twice a day, try to stick to it. It’s important that you continue to provide enough exercise and mental stimulation for your dog on a daily basis.
2. Introduce the carrier or kennel
If your pets will be traveling in a kennel or carrier on the moving day, train them to sleep in it several weeks before the big move and reward them with treats.
3. On moving day
Ensure that your fur kid is safe and placed in an empty room far from the madding crowd and moving chaos. If this precaution is not taken, your fur kid would be in danger by getting into open boxes or in the way of movers. It also prevents them from hiding and not being located when the time has come for them to be moved. Also, place their toys, food, water, and bedding in their temporary room for comfort.
Another alternative is to leave your beloved dog with a trusted friend whom your dog is familiar with where he will feel much safer and protected. If you can’t trust anyone you know with your fur kid, you can leave your dog at a dogs daycare center until the stressful move is over and you are settled at the new home.
4. Take your vet in your vehicle
If you are taking your dog to the new house in your own vehicle, put him in a carrier in the back seat, which can then be secured with a seatbelt. A bigger dog can be placed in a kennel in the back of the car; you may need to put seats down if possible. Once your dog is in the car, it’s crucial to not open the kennel until he is in the new home, even if he’s usually well-behaved.
5. Find a reliable pet transportation service
You can browse the Shiply website to find the best pet transportation service for moving your dog to your new home. All it takes is to fill out a simple online form and several free quotes will be emailed to you for you to compare rates to ship your pets. You can learn more about the services offered at the Shiply website.
All the best in keeping your doggo safe and happy before, during and after the move!