7 Tips for Moving With Your Dog
1. As you begin the process of moving to a new home, try to keep your dog’s daily routine as normal as possible. This includes feeding time, potty breaks, walks, and medication administration. Much like humans, our dogs find comfort in consistency!
2. Ask for vet records before you leave town if you’re moving far enough away where you’ll need to find a new veterinarian. Depending on your destination, your pup may be required to have additional vaccinations. Keep your old veterinarian’s phone number on hand in case your dog’s new doctor has any questions about her medical history.
3. If you’re traveling a long distance by car or truck, be sure to keep food, treats, medication, and familiar toys within reach for use on the road. It’s smart to pick up an extra bag of your pup’s food in case you have trouble locating a specific brand in your new neighborhood as well.
4. Make sure your dog’s identification tags are up-to-date, and update her microchip information. Moving can be very stressful for our pets, and in the unfortunate event that your dog becomes scared and runs off, having a current phone number on file will be essential for bringing her home.
5. Making sure your dog is secure on moving day will keep your pup safe and give you peace of mind. Put her in a room with food, water, toys, and familiar scents while you’re moving boxes and furniture to ensure she doesn’t accidentally run outside. Or, remove your pup from the situation completely by bringing her to dog daycare at The Doggy Dojo!
6. Once you’re settled in your new home, be consistent with the placement of your dog’s crate, bed, and food and water bowls. For example, if her bed was in the living room at your old house, put her bed in the living room at your new house. This will put your dog at ease and expedite the acclimation process.
7. The best part about moving to a new city or state is exploring your new surroundings. Your dog couldn’t agree more! Take long walks around the block to familiarize your pup with all of the exciting sights and smells waiting to be explored. She might even help you meet other people in the neighborhood.
Moving can be a stressful experience for humans and canines alike. However, it doesn’t have to be with some careful planning and considerations! Wherever life takes you next, be sure to keep in mind these tips for moving with your dog. Are we missing anything on this list? Feel free to share your suggestions on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page.