Dogs are our best friends and have proven that they improve our physical and mental health. Dogs have remarkable loyalty, unconditional love, and undying friendship. Think of Hachiko, the ultimate loyal Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno’s death and you will probably end up shedding a compassionate tear or two.
If you’re a dog owner who’s about to move away to a new home, the very first thing you should be aware of before the actual relocation is that dogs are very sensitive and may have a strong reaction to moving to a new home as they love the safety and comfort of their familiar surroundings and will not get used to sudden changes in their daily routines.
Just like humans, different dogs will react differently to a residential move and the effects of moving on dogs can be profound if the proper measures are not taken. Here are some tips that you can follow to ensure that your dog is calm, stress-free, and safe throughout the whole moving process.
Keep your dog’s routine unchanged: Try to keep your dogs’ routine as similar as possible before, during, and after the move. If your dog goes for walks twice a day, stick to it. Regardless of your limited time and reduced energy before and after the move, it’s important that you continue to provide enough exercise and mental stimulation for your dog on a daily basis.
Introduce the carrier or crate: Moving day is the perfect storm of strangers in the house with intimidating noises and activities, open doors, moving vehicles, and inattention. You will not be able to keep an eye on your dog at all times. The crate will keep your dog safe but make sure it is big enough to comfortably stand and turn around. If your dogs will be traveling in a carrier, train them to sleep in it before the trip and reward them with treats. Put their toys, blanket, and food bowl in there too.
A medical checkup at the vet: It is important that your fur kid face the relocation challenges in good health, so do squeeze in some time in your busy moving schedule to take your tail-wagger to your family veterinarian for a full medical checkup.
On moving day: Ensure that your pet dog is safe and placed in an empty room far from the madding crowd and moving chaos. If this precaution is not taken, your fur kid would be in danger by getting into open boxes or in the way of movers. It also prevents them from hiding and not being located when the time has come for them to be moved. Also, place their toys, food, water, and bedding in their temporary room for comfort.
Another alternative is to leave your beloved dog with a trusted friend whom your dog is familiar with where he will feel much safer and protected. If you can’t trust anyone you know with your fur kid, you can leave your dog at a dog daycare center until the stressful peak is over.
Find a reliable pet transportation service: You can browse the Shiply website to find the best pet transportation service for moving your dog to your new home. All it takes is to fill out a simple online form and the quotes will be emailed to you for you to compare rates to ship your pets.
All the best in keeping your doggy safe and happy before, during, and after the move!