We all get stressed out from moving. Yet, we can fully comprehend what’s happening. Just imagine what it must feel like to your dog! Some things can make a move easier on your furry friend though. Hopefully, your pet is calmed by some of these tips. A couple tips are actually safety measures though!
THE OVERNIGHT BAG
Dogs feel more comfortable with fewer changes. During the initial move, make sure to pack an overnight back with the dog’s favorite toy or blanket, the same type of food you usually offer, and any needed grooming items. Many people don’t think about this and end up running to the store to pick up dog food. Then, they can’t find their normal brand. This can upset the pup’s digestive tract and make an already stressful experience worse!
KEEP YOUR DOG IN A QUIET SPOT
While you’re actually moving, keep your dog in a quiet room in the house. If the dog is used to a crate, even better! The best option would be a familiar friend’s house or a familiar kennel of course, but we understand that’s not always possible. Remember to check on them frequently!
THE BIG RIDE
The ride to the new home can be chaotic. Make sure that you plan ahead. If you have a travel kennel, that would be ideal. If you don’t, please remember to keep your dog leashed in the car. Even if your dog is normally great on rides, the stress of the move might change your dog’s typical attitude. One of the scariest things we’ve heard about is a dog bolting at the new place as soon as the car door opens. Be careful during this transition.
MOVE YOUR HOUSE FIRST
If at all possible, set up the new house as much as you can first. The familiar objects in the new home will be comforting to your furry loved one!
UPDATE YOUR DOG’S INFORMATION
As you are moving, please update their tags. Many animal companions forget to update the microchip information with the new address and phone number. Yet, it’s extremely important!
Similarly, make sure to get veterinary records and prescriptions. Be sure to shop for vets before your move, so that you don’t have to find one in an emergency at the new place. While you’re at the vet’s office, see if you can get one of the handkerchiefs with the calming scents of mama on them to use during the move.
Also, remember, we are very familiar with the Jasper area. If you need any suggestions about groomers, kennels or veterinarians in the area, we’d love to try to help you out. Just ask your agent!