This is Why You Need to Make Arrangements for Your Dog on Moving Day
With so many things to do to prepare for a move to a new home, you may overlook one thing that can cause quite a bit of upheaval on moving day: your dog. It’s easy to remember to pack your clothes and belongings and schedule the transfer of your internet service, but it’s harder to remember to make arrangements to keep your dog calm and safe while movers and friends and family are in and out of your home. That’s why you need to make arrangements for your dog on moving day; our tips will help you be as prepared as possible.
- Don’t Assume Your Dog Will Handle the Chaos Well
Your dog is intuitive, and he follows your lead when you feel stressed. Even if you are a laidback person and you have a fairly relaxed dog, the chaos of moving day can put anyone (and any dog) on edge. It’s best if you keep him in familiar surroundings and proactively work to help him stay as calm as possible, especially if you are going to have several strangers in and out of your home (like utility workers disconnecting service or movers helping load your belongings).
One way to help your dog handle the chaos is to talk to your vet. If you have an older or temperamental dog, your vet can suggest ways for you to help him stay calm on moving day; in fact, vets often help pet owners ease their dog’s anxiety. Your vet may prescribe a mild tranquilizer or suggest using a stress reliever like Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) to treat your dog.
Some vets also recommend that pet owners use Thundershirts, which fit like a snug coat, applying gentle pressure to relieve a dog’s fear and anxiety. Just make sure you call your vet or make an appointment before moving day so you have everything you need to help your dog through the chaos.
- Plan to Keep your Dog Comfortable
If your dog doesn’t have anxiety, but you want to make sure that he is not at risk of getting loose or being in the way while people are moving heavy items, you should keep him in a separate room. Ensure that he has his food and water, favorite toys, and blankets or bed during the busiest parts of moving day. This way, you can keep an eye on him and reassure him occasionally by playing with him inside the room while your movers do the heavy lifting. (And speaking of movers, search online for moving companies that are pet-friendly to prevent extra stress on moving day.) You’ll also be able to get him on his leash for walks and to relieve himself more easily if you don’t have to go on a search mission before each potty break.
Keep in mind that your dog could behave differently on your walk because of the stress and anxiety associated with moving day. Even if he never has bolted before, he could get loose during your walk. If you put a GPS tracker on your dog during the moving process, you will be able to locate him more quickly should he get loose. It is better to have peace of mind on moving day.
- Keep the Movers in the Loop about Your Dog
The last thing you want to do is jeopardize your move by breaking a moving company policy and having your dog on the premises during the move. Some moving companies specifically state that dogs must be contained during the move to keep their laborers and your dog safe. Your best bet is to alert the company to the fact that you are a dog owner when you hire them and make sure that you understand and agree to their policies.
On moving day, remind the movers that your dog is present in a separate room or a crate. If your dog is friendly and the movers want to meet him after the move, introduce them properly and make sure the dog is calm and comfortable with them. If he shows signs of aggression or agitation, make sure the movers stay out of sight and that they understand they should not interact with him in any way.
You will have a much smoother moving day, and your dog will be much happier and safer, if you assume he will not handle the chaos well, plan to keep him comfortable in a separate location, and inform the movers about him ahead of time.
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