Moving takes a toll emotionally and physically on all of us. Not only is the process itself
exhausting, but finding yourself in a new environment can force an
uncomfortable adjustment period. The same goes for pets, and communicating the
change as a positive experience to them can be difficult.
Since adopting my dog, Lola, I have made many moves and have seen the stress moving puts on her. Now that my dog is also part of the "moving equation" I try to make it as easy a transition as possible.
Try to keep the focus on making it a positive experience and taking little added steps to help them acclimate.
Here are some ideas to make moving easy on your critter friends:
1. If possible, visit the new home and neighborhood with them prior to
moving in, allowing them plenty of time to sniff around and familiarize
themselves with it.
2. Try to avoid having them present for the final packing stages and when
everything is taken out. I started leaving my pup with a friend or family member on the actual
moving day because watching everything being carried out would send her into a
3. Pack their toys, bowls and bed separately and put them out before you
bring the dog in. Being able to quickly identify their things among the boxes
puts them at ease and signifies that they are at home.
4. Bribe them. My go-to strategy is to buy a few new toys and something
for my dog to chew on, in order to distract her, get out some nervous energy
and create a positive experience. I bring out the new toys almost
immediately after walking through the door.
5. Tire them out. Once your dogs have spent a bit of time exploring their
new surroundings, take them for a good long walk around the neighborhood to
burn off some of their nervous energy and help them relax when they get back to
their new home.
Another important step to remember, if you’re moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, you should ask for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations. You also can ask for your pet’s medical history to give to your new vet. You can normally have your pet's history faxed directly to the new medical-care provider upon request. Also, visit your new city's community website to review their pet license requirements to avoid any fines.
What are your best tips for moving with pets?
Author:Kelsey Rorabeck Phone: 715-529-1410 Dated: September 17th 2013 Views: 553 About Kelsey: Kelsey was a student athlete for 4 years at Augsburg College and received the Joyce Plaff (scholar a...
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