Your four-legged furry family member is running crazily in circles all happy, while you pack for your new house. Don’t let it’s cute antics fool you because once you move into the new place, you will see a big change in their behavior. The stress of moving does not just get to the owner, but to the pet too.
Congrats on the new house and we understand that you are busy packing but you might want to pay a little attention to your pet too.
The one thing that to think about when it comes to moving and your pet, is the emotional stress. When you feel a little anxious about the new place, so does your pet. Their emotional state is more fragile and they have no way of dealing with it unless you spot the differences.
The four biggest headaches during the move can be: the pet deposit (if you are moving into an apartment or rental home), your pet’s emotional trauma, airline transportation (if moving to another city) and veterinarian expenses.
Keep in mind: it’s all due to the unfamiliar location, which is why you should work on making your pets comfortable at the new place.
The following are a few tips on how to move with ease with your pet alongside you:
1. Get Your Pet Familiar with the New Location
When you are house hunting and believe that you have found the one, take your pet with you. This will make them feel included and get them excited about the move. Dogs are quite intuitive and involvement in such decisions will make them less insecure.
2. Take a Walk around the Neighborhood
Does the new house have parks or schools nearby, a restaurant that allows pets or any other entertainment venues that are pet-friendly? Take your dog for a walk, so that they can familiarize themselves with the area. Make the day fun and end it with a dinner. When you make the actual move, they will remember this pleasant experience and will be eager to move too.
3. Arrange a Play Date
Does your family member or friend live in the same neighborhood? Do they have pets? Then call them over and arrange a play date with late night BBQ. Meeting new animal friends will be exciting for them.
4. Plan a Furry Party
Instead of taking your dog to the day care, call your old friends and their pets for a party. This will make your pet realize that even though they have moved; their friends are still here for play time.
5. Purchase a New Chew Toy
It might sound a little too easy and obvious but a new toy will help your furry friend put their mind to rest. While you unpack the boxes, your pet will be preoccupied, giving you plenty of room to work easily.
Since your pet is in an unfamiliar environment, you will see a little less activity. For the first few days, let them sleep with you on the bed or in the crate placed in your room. They are just looking for assurance that nothing has changed. It will take time for them to adjust but with a little more attention, you can make the move pretty easy and fun for them.