Moving house is always going to be a stressful time, and things can feel even worse when you add pets into the equation. Moving with your dog in particular brings many challenges, including keeping your furry friend calm and happy throughout the duration of the move whilst also trying to stay on of all your other responsibilities.
Thankfully there are many ways to ease the burden of moving house with your dog! Whether it’s a long-distance or short-distance move, there’s a number of tricks worth using to help make things easier for everyone involved!
Keep as calm as you can in front of your dog
Dogs are very aware of how their owners are feeling, and when things aren’t going well for the owner this often causes the dog to act out as well. This has never been more apparent with the stresses of moving, and the last thing you need when trying to keep calm is dealing with a very antsy dog!
Keeping calm despite all the possible stresses of moving day is in the best interests for everyone. Not only will it help you keep a cool head and not get too worked up, but your dog will also remain much calmer, meaning he will be much easier to deal with throughout the various points of the move.
If you feel you aren’t going to manage this, it can be a good idea to get a friend or family member to keep an eye on your pet during the most stressful parts of the move, even if it’s just taking them for a walk while you try to gather your thoughts!
Try to maintain their routine as much as possible
Dogs are creatures of habit. They have all kinds of different daily routines, and you may not even notice them yourself. From walking to regular spots to getting fed a certain time, dogs often have a very regular routine that should be maintained as much as possible during a move.
Granted worrying about this may the last thing on your mind when trying to organise a move, but it is worth remembering that skipping parts of their routine can lead to your dog getting nervous and stressed out – they are most comfortable when sticking to their routines.
Needless to say, the last thing you need during a stressful move is dealing with an anxious dog, as it is only going to add to your problems. So, try to maintain the patterns of their routine as best you can, such as walking and feeding them close to their standard time, as it will help them keep calm and reduce the chances of anxiety.
Plan the transport in advance
When it actually comes to moving day, you will want to have every part of your dog’s travel schedule planned out. This includes what they will be getting transported in (e.g. a crate or some other equipment), what toys you will bring for them, whether or not they might require alternate transportation, and planning stops for them to stretch their legs and get a drink.
Go for a big walk prior to the move
A tired dog is the best type of moving dog, as it will ensure they remain relaxed and will be fully cooperative throughout the moving process. This means taking a nice extended walk before you set off is a great idea for movers and their dogs.
Also, a long commute means your dog will need to get as much exercise as possible so they don’t start exhibiting destructive behavior during the move!