There’s a lot of stress that goes into moving, not only for you but for your pets as well. The new environment, regardless if it is a block or states away, is a big adjustment. However, it is your job to insure their comfort and a smooth transition. They are probably confused or even scared. Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to help ease the move, some even as early as a few weeks before the big day.
Before the move:
- To maintain a somewhat normal routine, spread your packing over a period of time rather than all at once.
- Take time to get your pet adjusted to a pet carrier if using one.
- Make sure the carrier is the proper size, even equip to hold food if the trip is over two hours.
- Depending on how far away the new home is, look into a reliable pet transportation business.
- Purchase dog tags with your new address they can wear during the move.
During the move:
- Keep your pet in a closed, comfortable room with food and water.
- Make sure movers know that room is to be kept closed, even put a sign on the door.
- Have family members keep an eye on the pets.
Preparing your new home:
- Check for hazards and be cautious of things that could hurt your pets.
- These include: poisons, burning materials, electricity, chocking hazards, and falling objects.
- Get on their level and look for things that are potentially in reach
- Spend time playing with your pet in your new home. Give them treats or a new toy – they will associate ‘fun’ with the new home.
- Surround your pets with familiar toys or furniture.
- Give your pets a secure location that will be undisturbed in the house. This can be their place of comfort and safety.
- Go on a walk around the block. Be patient and allow plenty of time for sniffing.