Moving can be very stressful, it could be especially hard when you have a dog. It’s extremely important that you take time to make sure that your dog doesn’t become overwhelmed or stressed by the move. We have decided to put together some of the best ways to help alleviate any stress that your dog might face to keep it a happy move for everyone. Read more to find out how to move with a dog in the most effective way possible:
Prepare Your Dog For Traveling
Not all dogs enjoy long car journeys with their head hanging out the window. It is a huge preconception created over the years, but the fact is some dogs love car journeys and some dogs find them very stressful. Therefore, we encourage you to start taking your dog out for car journeys a couple of weeks before the move. This will help your dog become familiar with entering and exiting the car. Likewise, get used to the feeling of driving somewhere. A great way to do this is to take your dog for a walk somewhere new which is only a short drive away. By doing so, you will be teaching your dog that not every car journey ends with the vet. On the other hand, sometimes a car journey means that there may be a treat waiting at the end.
Hiring A Professional Removal Company
Now you have completed the first step your dog should be used to travelling in the car. It’s important that on the day of the move you take your time to ensure that your dog is taken to your new home. Just as if you were taking the dog out for a walk. By hiring a professional removal company you can have the peace of mind that all your personal possessions are transported to your new home. No need to worry about it getting in the way of transporting your dog. If your car is packed full of lots of large boxes that your pet is unfamiliar with it may cause your pet to feel stressed and not enjoy the car journey. By the same token, if you want to minimize stress all together for your family and your furry friend, consider hiring a reliable moving company. They will handle all the logistics of your move and make sure that all your belongings get to where they need to go.
A Little Love
Now that you have arrived at your new home, it’s time to let the dog out of the car. Whether you have just moved down the road or across the country it’s important that you give your dog the love and attention it deserves. Especially, after being stuck in a car. You can give your dog a treat, but even some dedicated attention goes a long way in the dog world. This also helps reduce any stress caused by the car journey. Although your dog may have been good as gold throughout the car journey, it’s important that you take some time to give it a cuddle and reward it for completing the journey.
Take Your Dog Out And About
Dogs are very different from cats as they do not need to be kept inside to get use to their new surroundings. It is extremely important that you let your dog out into the garden as soon as possible to enjoy its new play area. Dogs love to mark their territory. Therefore, by allowing your dog to do so you are helping them understand that this is their new home. Don’t forget the favourite toy! Let’s be honest, every dog has a favourite toy, it may be a squeaky teddy or it could be a hard chew toy. Regardless, make sure your dog knows that their favourite toy is here to play.
The First Walk
Taking your dog out for its first walk from its new home is a very exciting time for both yourself and your dog. It is important that before you leave your new home the dog is on the leash and is wearing a collar containing your contact details. In fact, we advise that you take some time out of the busy day to visit a local park or walking path. This keeps your dog on the leash for the first couple of walks. Taking your dog out for the first walk really helps your pet get used to its new surroundings and help it feel more at home.
We hope this blog has provided you with some of the key steps that you can take to ensure your dogs as happy as possible during the home move.
Finding Help with Moving Professionals
We hope this blog on How To Move With A Dog has provided you with some of the key steps that you can take to ensure your dogs as happy as possible during the home move. For more Moving Tips check out this blog on Traveling With Pets.
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