In the busy and stressful time around a move, it’s easy to overlook your dog’s needs. But, with the right preparation and care, a move can be a smooth transition for both you and your dog(s).
I reached out to my Facebook community to hear their tips and experiences on moving with dogs – I failed at #5 in my recent move:
- Plan ahead: Moving can be stressful for dogs, so it’s important to plan ahead and make the transition as smooth as possible. Start preparing for the move several weeks in advance by gradually introducing your dog to packing boxes, crates, and carriers.
- Pack a bag for your dog: Pack a bag with your dog’s favorite toys, treats, food, and any medications they need. This will help keep your dog calm and comfortable during the move.
- Make travel arrangements: If you’re traveling by car, plan for frequent breaks and make sure your dog has access to water and food. If you’re flying, make sure you understand the airline’s pet policies and book your dog’s flight in advance.
- Get familiar with your new neighborhood: Take your dog for a walk around your new neighborhood and explore the area together. This will help your dog get familiar with their new surroundings and feel more comfortable.
- Set up a safe space: Once you arrive at your new home, set up a safe space for your dog with their bed, toys, and water bowl. This will help them feel secure and comfortable in their new environment.
- Stick to a routine: Dogs thrive on routine, so try to stick to their regular schedule as much as possible. This includes feeding, walking, and playing at the same times each day.
- Moving internationally? Get a vet check: Before the move, take your dog to the vet for a check-up and make sure all vaccinations and medications are up-to-date. Ask for a copy of your dog’s medical records to bring with you to your new home.
Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. I honestly think my dog may have been the most disturbed of all of us during the couple of months surrounding the move. With boxes everywhere, a heightened sense of tension and of course no understanding of what was happening, he was stressed.
I recommend trying to keep your pet’s needs in mind. With some planning and preparation, moving with your dog can be a smooth and successful transition. Just remember to plan ahead, visit the vet, pack a bag for your dog, make travel arrangements, get familiar with your new neighborhood, set up a safe space, and stick to a routine.
AND don’t forget to choose a real estate agent who understands the importance of making the move as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all members of your family, including your four-legged ones.
I'm Liisa and I love helping people moving to Ottawa make their home purchase and transition smooth and seamless. I also love helping sellers get the most for their Ottawa home. Let me know how I can help you make your real estate dreams come true.
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