While you may be excited to move, the experience can often be very stressful for your dog. Pets like consistency, routine, and familiarity — everything that moving is not. There's no avoiding fact that your dog will have to adjust to a new home, but you can make the process much easier for them. Since moving can be expensive, use these tips to save money while helping your pet feel cozy and comfortable during your move.
Get Ready for Your Long Drive
First, prepare your dog for moving day. If you’ll be driving a long distance to your new home, think about purchasing a travel crate for your pet. Get your crate weeks before the move, and introduce your dog to it slowly. Once you arrive at your new home, the dog crate can act as a familiar den for your pet, helping them feel secure. Check out Pet Travel Blog to learn how to pick out a crate and help your dog feel comfortable in it.
Also, consider picking up car sickness medicine for pets and some cleaning supplies just in case your dog has an accident along the way. You can save money on these purchases by shopping online and taking advantage of an Amazon coupon code.
Keep Your Dog Safe on Moving Day
On the day of the move, keep your dog safe from all the action. Dogs can act out of nature when they get anxious, possibly becoming aggressive or running away. Since kennel boarding can be expensive, find alternative ways to keep them safe and comfortable during the process. For example, ask a friend or family member to keep your dog at their place or take them to a park for some exercise before your car trip. If you don’t have someone to watch them, hire a house sitter or dog walker to take care of your pup for the day.
Avoid Buying Too Many New Items
A couple of new purchases can help keep your dog happy during your move, but avoid replacing all of their things. Your dog's familiar items, like toys and bedding, will help them feel secure in their new, unfamiliar surroundings. If you want to buy them a new bed or a food and water bowl, keep their old things around for a couple of weeks as they adjust to the home.
Dogs love new toys, so you can get some chew toys or treats to distract your dog from the anxiety-provoking situation. For a cheaper alternative, give your pet some of your old socks or a shirt — research suggests that dogs are comforted by familiar human scents. You can even make your own toys using these ideas from Wide Open Pets.
If the previous owners had pets, you should also spend some time cleaning your new home before bringing in your dog, as any lingering odors could make them even more anxious. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to pick up an efficient vacuum that can help you address pet dander, fur, and hair around the home. Taking care of these potential issues before moving in will help ensure your pet doesn’t experience any additional stress.
Shop Around for a Vet
Before you move, take your dog to the vet for a wellness checkup and get a copy of your pet’s veterinarian records. Shop around for a new vet as soon as you move instead of waiting for an emergency. Fortunately, moving is a great opportunity to find low-cost veterinarian care! Many clinics and animal shelters offer low-cost or even free vaccinations, spay/neutering, and microchipping. Also, ask vets if they offer wellness plans or payment plans to help reduce the up-front fees for veterinarian services.
Give Your Dog Lots of Attention
When you and your dog finally arrive at your new home, help them settle in by maintaining their regular schedule and spending lots of quality time with them. If you can, try to stay home from work for a couple of days as your dog gets used to being in the new house. Take your dog on walks to explore the neighborhood slowly so they understand where they live. This attention and guidance will help keep your dog from bolting from your house or getting into dangerous situations among your unpacked items. In the end, taking the time to protect the mental health and physical well-being of your dog can help you avoid an expensive trip to the vet.
No matter how confident and curious your dog is, they’re bound to have some anxiety about moving into a new house. Who doesn’t? With proper care, attention, and patience, your dog will be eagerly exploring their new surroundings before you know it!