Re-Locate with Your Dog the Right Way
When you own a dog, moving comes with a number of additional variables that can make moving day even more stressful than usual. Whether it’s the frenzy that comes with strange people moving around your furniture, the disruption of the normal walk schedule, or some confluence of uncertainties, moving with a dog is rarely easy.
However, more experienced people have gifted much advice to those seeking to limit stress when moving with your pup. Never fear, advice for worry-free relocation with your dog is here.
Create a Checklist Before Moving Day Arrives
Care.com has done the heavy-lifting of compiling a moving checklist specifically for dog owners. The list takes a week-by-week approach to moving-related tasks that gradually lighten the load as moving day approaches. Some of the more noteworthy pre-move tasks include considering anxiety meds for your dog, arranging for a dog-sitter on moving day (if you so choose), and ensuring that you have an adequate carrier or crate on hand.
Other checklists suggest shopping for all of the items you will need on moving day – travel-sized water and food kits, pee pads, and an ID collar, to name a few – well in advance. Organization in all facets of life includes some form of list-making, and this is no different when it comes to preparing yourself and your dog for a big move.
Get Your Stuff Together
Moving day is stressful for your pup, but you shouldn’t overlook your own needs and responsibilities when it comes to making the move. This means keeping a checklist for yourself and gathering personal items, documents, and other necessities that you’ll need to keep handy.
Trulia recommends that you have these 30 items ready on the day of the move. Some that most people will be liable to forget include toiletries, easy-to-make meals and/or ingredients, a solid pair of scissors, and duct tape. Keeping a file with essential documents is also imperative.
Other items, such as cell phone and computer chargers, additional batteries, cash, and medications for both you and your dog are more difficult to forget but equally as important to keep near.
Movers: Give them Notice
If you choose not to board your dog with a dog-sitting service or friend, it’s wise to give the moving service a heads up that you own a dog, and that it will be present in the home when they arrive. Some moving services have specific policies and regulations related to dogs, and finding out that a service may not be able to do their jobs, though rare, can throw a serious wrench in your moving day plans.
If you’re the owner of a large or medium-sized breed, be prepared to leave it in a separate room as the movers do their work. This will prevent any unforeseen flare-ups between the dog and these strangers, as well as any accidents related to the dropping of heavy items. For smaller breeds, consider holding the dog or keeping it in an unused room as you would for a larger breed as long as the movers are present.
In addition, the arrival of the movers can be the perfect time to take the dog for a long walk or a trip to the park. This will minimize the uncertainty and anxiety for all parties.
Relocation anxiety is real, both for dogs and humans. However, an owner can help reduce the sense of anxiety in both themselves and their furry friend by planning ahead and incorporating a checklist in their pre-move process. Once moving day comes, considerations involving the moving company, including advanced notice that you own a dog, will help ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible for everyone.
Author: Cindy Aldridge (OurDogFriends.org)
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