Moving? Check Out These Tips to Ease the Stress on Your Dog
No one really likes moving. The packing, the planning, the cleaning — it never seems to end! Finding ways to make the process easier and less stressful can make the moving process much more enjoyable. And the same goes for your pup! Moving into a new home can be incredibly stressful for dogs, especially if your move involves a long car ride.
Thankfully, Doggo Team is here to share some of our best tips for keeping your pet comfortable and calm during your move.
Are you moving to another state? Don’t forget to book a trip to the vet beforehand. You may be asked to provide a pet health certificate when you cross state lines. These requirements vary from state to state, so make sure you do your research! For example, pets don’t need a health certificate to enter California, but they do need proof of current rabies vaccination.
Moving interstate on a tight budget can be tough. If you’re hoping to secure a job before purchasing a home in your new area, Redfin suggests staying with friends and family while you look for work and housing. Just make sure they’re okay with your dog coming along!
Preparing for a Long Drive
Dogs can get anxious and restless during long car rides. Before leaving, make sure you exercise your pup thoroughly so they can burn off all that excess energy. Dogs who are anxious in the car may benefit from calming products like the Thundershirt or soothing, pet-friendly essential oils. Keep your dog safe during the ride by securing them in a carrier so they can’t run around the car. Also, never leave your dog in the car alone if you have to make a pit stop, especially if it’s hot outside!
Settling Into Your New Home
When you arrive in your new home, it’s important to let your dog explore at their own pace. Help them get accustomed to your new environment by taking a few days off work so you can stay home with them. PupJobs also suggests maintaining your same household routine during and after the move to help your dog feel more at ease. Make sure you also take the time to pet-proof your new home and yard!
You may want to do some proactive training with your pet before moving. For example, if you’re moving from a laid-back suburban home to an apartment in a bustling city, help your dog get accustomed to city sounds so they won’t bark at every noise they hear outside. One way to desensitize your dog to these sounds is to play noises on your computer while rewarding your dog with treats.
Exploring Your New Neighborhood
After your dog has had a chance to get comfortable in your new home, get out and explore your new neighborhood! Again, try to do this at your dog’s pace. Unfamiliar environments can be overwhelming to our pets, especially if there are dogs barking, cars honking, and people riding past on bikes. Start by taking your dog to a quiet park where you can let them sniff around and explore — on a leash of course.
You may want to hold off on taking your dog to a dog park until they feel more secure in their environment. If you’re moving to an apartment and you don’t have a yard where your dog can run free and play, try visiting a dog park during a time when it’s not overly crowded, such as an early weekday morning. Most importantly, make sure you follow good dog park etiquette so you can avoid making enemies with your new neighbors!
Moving is stressful for humans and dogs alike. Prepare your pet for this major transition so you can keep everyone as calm and stress-free as possible. Research your new neighborhood, invest in calming pet products, do some basic training, and most importantly, give your pet tons of love and attention as you both get settled in your new space.
Do you want to learn more about caring for your furry friend? Check out the Doggo Team website for how-to resources and fun dog stories!
Cindy Aldridge | ourdogfriends.org Contributor