In the U.S. alone, there are over 76 million dogs owned by families. For many people, their four-legged friends become a part of the family, and you couldn’t imagine ever leaving them behind.
So, what do you do when you’re planning on moving? Changing locations can be hard on everyone, but for a pet, making a move has unique challenges. You won’t be able to explain the move to your dog the same way you would to your children. So, it’s important to make it a comfortable, seamless experience for your canine companion.
Maybe you’ll be moving into a bigger house that will give your dog more space to run around. Maybe you’re losing a backyard, or gaining a better neighborhood for long walks. Whatever the case, there are things you can do to make your move easier on your dog. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
1. Crate Train Your Dog
If your dog isn’t already crate trained, now is the time to get started. If you’re moving somewhere far away, your dog will undoubtedly have to be in a crate for a long period of time, either in your car or on another form of transportation. You can also utilize services like Shiply to safely transport your dog to the new location.
But, the last thing you want to do is put them in a crate for the first time on the day of your move. Make sure they’re comfortable in their crate and actually enjoy it before you decide to take them across the country. You’ll save yourself (and your dog!) a lot of stress.
2. Put Any “New Rules” In Place Now
You might have to have some new rules in your new home. For example, if you’re moving into an apartment and your dog tends to bark, you’re going to have to train them not to do so as frequently (or you may have angry neighbors on your hands!).
Don’t wait until you’ve already moved to try to change your dog’s behaviors. The stress of the move might already be a lot for them. Instead, start training them in the comfort and familiarity of your current home.
3. Create a Safe Space
One of the best things you can do when you arrive in your new home is to create a safe, familiar place for your dog. Set their bed out, as well as a few blankets and familiar toys that they are used to.
Those items may still have the lingering smell of your old home on them, which can bring your dog some comfort as they get used to the sights, sounds, and smell of your new place.
The reality is, some dogs will handle moving better than others. But, unless you’ve moved before with your furry friend, you won’t know how they will react until you’re actually going through with it.
So, do what you can ahead of time to prepare your pet and to keep things as comfortable as possible for them. You may run into a few issues like behavioral problems or even accidents along the way. But, remember this is a new and likely stressful experience for your dog. Be patient, be consistent, and they will become comfortable in your new home quickly.