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How to Move Comfortably With Your Pup

Whenever we move to a new house, be it across town or across the country, it can be a time of great excitement — and hassle. Orchestrating a move becomes all the more complicated when doing so with your canine friend. If you’re wondering how on earth to manage juggling a big move with a dog, here are five tips to help you out.


1. Let Movers Know About Your Dog Ahead of Time

If you’re moving quite a bit of heavy furniture or trekking cross country, then you likely will have to enlist the help of professional movers. When selecting a moving company, don’t just choose the cheapest option. Instead, read customer reviews on recent moves to gauge which companies are most reliable. 

While you may not have a problem with having your dog around the house while moving furniture and boxes, the people you’ve hired may mind quite a bit. Some companies will tell you right away that they will not help with the move if there is an animal on the premises, so it’s important to check that the moving company you have lined up doesn’t mind working around your dog. Even if you get the all clear several weeks in advance, it can’t hurt to call to remind them on moving day. It’s usually best to leave your pup with friends or family during the move, or you can hire a pet sitter. 


2. Keep Your Dog Contained

Whether or not you’ve hired movers, it’s probably a good idea to keep your dog sectioned off in a small area, such as an empty bedroom. It’s hard to keep an eye on your dog when you’re busy orchestrating moving your sectional couch out the door, and with so much movement in and out of the home, it’ll be easy for your dog to slip out without you noticing. Keeping your dog contained to a single room of the house will ensure that he does not get in the way as you and the movers go in and out of the house. This will keep you and your dog safe during the actual moving process. Be sure to leave him food, water, toys, and treats to help keep him occupied during the move. 


3. Prepare Your Car and Dog for the Big Move

If your dog rarely spends time in a vehicle, then you might come across a few unexpected complications. It may be a good idea to have a “test run” with your dog to see how well he manages riding in your car. It’s important to remember the appropriate ways to situate your dog while driving in order to maximize his safety. Having a test run a few days before the actual move will let you see if your dog can handle a road trip. When traveling on the road with your dog, be sure to bring something to keep him amused, along with essentials such as food and water.


4. Get Your Dog Settled in at the New Place

One of the first things you should do at your new home is lay out the items that your dog used in the previous home, such as bedding and toys. Don’t be tempted to buy new things for your dog yet; stick to what’s familiar to your dog to help ease the anxiety. Put a gate around the area so that your dog feels safe while you unload and start to unpack the boxes. Take the security measures outside, as well, by hiring a service to install a wood fence. 


5. Check in on How Your Dog Is Doing

Finally, it’s important to understand how your dog is feeling during this transition. If you are feeling a little on edge as you pull up your roots and move to a new locale, then just imagine what your dog feels like. Moving into a new home can cause a lot of anxiety for your dog. During the move, don’t forget to take the time to check in on your dog’s behavior. If he’s acting worried or anxious, give him some TLC to let him know that everything is still OK. Who knows, maybe you need your dog’s affection just as badly to get you through the move. 

Just like with humans, it will take dogs a little while to adjust to their new surroundings. Fortunately, dogs are also fairly adaptable, so as long as you encourage them through the process, they should handle the move just fine. Moving to a new place can be an exhilarating time in life, so as you rush to get everything in order, don’t forget to enjoy the experience as much as you can with your furry friend. 


Written and Submitted

Cindy Aldridge