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Moving Pets: What You Need to Know About Bringing Your Four-Legged Family Members to a New House

May 18, 2016

You’ve gone house hunting and finally decided on a new place to call home. It’s an exciting time for your family – but what about your dog?

It’s normal to get so caught up in the stress of moving your family that you forget how overwhelming it is for your four-legged family member too. Although you know what’s in store during this big transition, your pet is left wondering what’s happening and where he’s going.

Moving pets is a little bit easier when you understand how to make a more seamless transition from one house to another. Here are a few tips for moving with your pet.

Start Packing Early

No matter how much your pets hate to see you pack, there’s no way around it. You’re going to have to pack up those boxes sooner or later. The earlier you start, the less stressful it’ll be.

Buy your packing supplies as far in advance as possible. Then, when it’s time to pack, put your pets in a secluded area. This is especially important on move day so your pets don’t try to run away from the big move.

Your Pet’s ID Tag

Is your pet’s ID tag up to date? Although you never anticipate your pet running away, moving can be stressful enough to cause your pet to try to escape. If that happens, you want to be sure he finds his way home again safe and sound. Double-check your pet’s ID and microchip to make sure your phone number is current. You might even consider adding the new address before you move so you’re ready when you arrive at the new house.

Visitation Rights

You got to do a walk through of your new house, but your dog didn’t. As soon as you get the keys to the new house, bring your pet over to explore. But don’t set him loose just yet!

A new house is overwhelming. There are new smells to take in and new areas to warm up to. Expose your pet to one room at a time, starting with the room where he’ll be spending the bulk of his time. Add his favorite toys, his water bowl, and any other creature comforts that he might want to make him feel relaxed in the new place.

Check the Backyard

Dogs can jump higher than you think. They’re also expert at finding small openings to dig through and run out.

Inspect your backyard before you move in for areas where your dog or pet might try to escape. If you have a chain link fence in your backyard, pay extra close attention to the bottom of the fence where your dog might be able to dig under and weasel out.

When you’re moving into a new house, remain aware of how stressed your dog is too. This stress will ease over time, but staying vigilant throughout the moving process is important for everyone’s safety and happiness.

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