I remember I was 12 when my family shifted to our new house. And being dog lovers, my family kept our dog just like us. The love and care was unconditional and all the time they we kept happy and safe. And he, being our emotional support dog gave us the same love and affection in return. So, there was no question of not taking him along while shifting to our new house.
Although the four letter word “Move” seems so small, the whole point is the horror it actually has. And it’s not just about me hating it, every single person does that. And it is so because the associated packing and the hassles makes the whole experience dreadful, horrible and stressful one. Decluttering your house is rather simpler than shifting to a new one.
The distress associated with packing or shifting affects our dog’s too. Under no circumstances, you can avoid the uncomfort of moving, but there are ways by which you can ease them in this transition. Make the whole process much simpler by following these tips before, after and during your move.
Plan Well in Time to Avoid Surprises
Must Check The Local Laws
Check whether you need a license or your dog breed is not banned at the new place and what the leash laws are? Your owner might be acceptable with your dog breed but the neighbours, local government and the insurance companies might not allow certain breeds.
Find a New Veterinarian
Waiting for your dog to get sick and then find one? Better research and find a vet to avoid the hassle. Your dog might need some preventive vaccination if the new place has heartworm or ticks.
Get Your Dog Microchipped
Don’t forget to put your contact no. and the new address on his collar.
Ensure Your Dog Has Identification
Make sure your dog has an ID tag and his vet’s microchip on the collar for a permanent identification. This helps you in finding your dog even if he gets lost or moves to another country during the household shifting.
Prepare Your Dog For This Change
Trunk Train Your Dog
You will be needing a crate for your dog if you are moving. Dogs generally love trunks, but no one loves going into it for the first time and that too forcefully.
I remember the last time I had to pack my suitcase for the trip, my dog went nasty. So imagine, if he sees the whole house being packed up, how will he react in the first place. It is recommended that you prepare then by packing a few suitcase and boxes well in time, so they don’t link those objects when you are leaving.
Start Your Dog’s Training Now
Your dog might need to live in the new house with a different set of rules, specially when you are cutting down from a family home to an apartment. So it’s better to make goals and work them on our dog in advance. Also if you have closer neighbors train them not to bark at them. And if you don’t have an entry of a doggie door, then make your dog practice for the bathroom instead.
Prepare Them For What’s Coming Ahead
You can take your dog to a similar environment as that of your new place, so that he feels comfortable once you shift. Introduce him to your new neighbours by talking him on a walk, if the place you are shifting is nearby. It is good to know well in advance that is there any cat in the neighbourhood of your new house? Instead of finding your dog chasing her.
What to do on The Shifting Day With Your Dog
Give Your Dog a Break
Boarding your dog at a pet sitter’s home for a few days is a good idea of freeing him from the bustle and hustle of moving.
Pack For Your Dog
Keep your dog’s favourite toys, his bedding and extra towels in addition to the basic requirements such as food and water.
Say no to Cleaning
Keeping a few old household items with you even if you want to start fresh. Doing this will help your dog adapt with the environment easily and make him feel calm and less anxious.
Make Yourself Ready For The Worst
Bring the microchip, the medical records and a current photo of your dog because if any unimaginable thing happens, you have all the related documents with you. And you are able to find him easily if he gets lost.
Feed Them Less Food
If your dog has a sensitive stomach, think twice before feeding them with too much.
Help Your Dog Feel Comfortable in The New Place
Pet Proof Your New Home
Check every inch of the fence you have as they might have places from which your dog can escape.
Leash Your Dog
Your dog will need some time to learn whether he should or shouldn’t be outside or inside of the new place.
Create a Friendly Space
Organize your dog’s bed, toys and crates in a similar way possible to the one he last had. Also stick to the foregoing feeding and walking timetable.
Learn about your new neighbourhood slowly and gradually, instead of knowing them all at once. Seeing so many new things can be immense for your dog. Also by meeting with your neighbours lets your dog differentiate between a stranger and a person well known.
Make Their New Place Enjoyable
Play with them by hiding their food during their feeding time. You can also play brain games with them. And try feeding them with some food-dispensing toys.