Moving Day for Your Pets – How to Reduce The Stress
Everyone knows how the unpleasant the process of moving is for the whole family, the parents, the kids, and surely the pets of the household. While we may not have too much time on our hands to consider their plight, it is certainly a very stressful time for dogs and cats. Due to their nature, most members of the animal kingdom know when something out of the ordinary is on the agenda, even if they may not really understand what is going on, or the reasons why. All they seem to feel is that there is a radical change to their environment taking place, and dealing with it is not something they are quite prepared for. Therefore, it is essential that our pets are as adequately prepared for the move as possible, and to make them feel safe and secure before and during the process, and to establish a recognizable routine once they have arrived in their new home.
Dealing With Your Dog On Moving Day
The family dog is usually more adaptable to this change in routine, and somewhat easier to handle. Depending on the dog’s personality, in most cases, you can simply put them on their leash, drive them to their new ‘digs’, give them a brief tour of their home and neighborhood, and let them go in the fenced-in backyard. After a while, they will surely adjust like nothing traumatic ever took place.
On moving day, if at all possible, try to transfer your dog to a neighbor’s house, or the home of a friend they are familiar with. If that is not a convenient or workable option, you can try boarding them at a nearby kennel or pet day-care center for the duration of the moving process so they won’t be underfoot while the movers, and you, are dealing with the loading up of your belongings. At the very least, if sending them somewhere else for the day is not practical, then securely confining them in their crate, with a bit of occasional exercise on a leash will work out just as well. Remember to keep some of the favorite and familiar toys and playthings available during the journey to the new home, along with enough food for the duration of the move.
At The New ‘Digs’
If there happens to be a period of travel time between leaving the old and moving into the new home, try and locate a boarding kennel for your dog so dealing with the with the kids and hotels or other temporary lodgings won’t be too hectic during the trip. Upon arrival, and once all the furniture has been unloaded and relocated and things have settled down a bit, then it would be a good time to introduce your dog to the new home. Be sure to unpack the dog’s bed, toys, food and water bowls as soon as convenient, and try and locate them in the usual areas they were placed in the previous home. Again, it is all about re-establishing the old routine if possible, so if the water bowl or sleeping area was in the old kitchen, place it in the new kitchen as well, and so on.
While you and your family are introducing yourselves to your new neighbors, be sure to let them know about your dog, or set up an opportunity for them to meet while you are strolling around the neighborhood. Also, be sure to get in touch with the local municipal offices regarding dog licenses and any particular deadlines or registration requirements. Make an appointment with the nearest veterinary clinic so the vet can get to know your dog before an exam for illness or injury occurs. If your dog has been micro-chipped, be sure to get in touch with the registry to inform them of your change of address and contact numbers in case your dog gets lost in its new environment and you can be notified right away. It is important that you be as patient as possible while your dog adapts to the new surroundings. Some breeds take several days or a few weeks to adjust, just like human beings do.