Packing and Moving House with Pet
Moving with pets can be tricky. Whether you’re moving pets across the country or just to a new place in your same town, the general sense of upheaval will feel the same to them. Animals are notoriously territorial, and they feel stress just as much as humans do (if not more, since they can’t talk it out). They’re experts at reading the body language of their people, and can easily pick up on – and appropriate – the anxiety and strain that is typical during the moving process. They’re also tied to routine and can get confused and alarmed by the sudden shift in the to-do list.
Plan ahead to avoid surprises
- Check the local laws: Find out if you need a new license, what the leash laws are, and whether there are breed bans in place. Your new landlord might be fine with a Rottweiler but some local governments, neighborhood associations, and insurance companies do not allow certain breeds.
- Find a new vet: Don’t wait until your dog gets injured or sick. Do some research to find out if they’ll need any new vaccinations or preventative medications. Does your new area have ticks, heartworm, or leptospirosis?
- Get your pet microchipped and put be certain your cell phone number is on their collar.
- Make sure your pet has identification: “We’ve all read the wonderful stories about dogs who were lost during a household move and eventually found their way home across the country,” says of ASPCA Health Insurance. “This is so rare that it’s always news. Better to have an ID tag on the pet’s collar and have your veterinarian microchip the dog for permanent identification.”
Prepare your Pet for the trips
- Crate train your pet now if you’ll be needing one for the move. Most dogs love crates, but no one wants to be forced into one for the first time on moving day.
- Use the Car-GO or other soft-sided pop-up crate. Pet product expert Dana Humphrey recommends the Car–GO because it is simple to set up and to store.
- Packing up: You may have noticed your dog getting nervous the last time you pulled out a suitcase for a trip. Imagine how they’ll act when the whole house is being packed up! Trainer Joan Mayer suggests conditioning them by having a few boxes and suitcases out ahead of time, so they don’t associate those objects with you leaving.
- Start training now: your dog might need to live by different rules in your new home, especially if you are downsizing from a single-family home to an apartment. Mayer recommends defining behavior goals ahead of time and working toward them before the move. Train them now to stop barking if you’ll have closer neighbors. Get them on a bathroom schedule if they won’t have access to a doggie door.
- Prepare them for what’s ahead: Even before you move you can start getting your dog used to the new world by taking them to similar environments or simulating new noises. If your move is not far, try walking them in the new neighborhood, introducing them to the neighbors. It’s best to know about that cat next door before your dog chases it up a tree.
- Ask your vet about calming medication for the trip, and try them out ahead of time.
- Consider anti-anxiety gear for the big day, such as the ThunderShirt.
Select a New Neighborhood, Home and Apartment
Before you pick out your dream home, make sure your pet will love it just as much as you do. It’s a good idea to walk around the neighborhood to determine whether the area seems safe for your pets. Be on the lookout for neighborhood dogs that seem aggressive or are left unattended.
When it comes to square footage needs, pet differs:
- For your feline friends, ensure your potential new space allows for plenty of room to build vertically—it’s easy to create a lot of vertical space with shelving, such as kitty blocks on top of furniture.
- Consider your pet’s needs on a case-by-case basis. Older pets, puppies, and dogs with house training issues will need to go outside often, which might be difficult in an apartment building with lots of stairs or a house without a yard.
Pets Packing Up Your Home
Pets aren’t big fans of change. You can help your cats (and skittish dogs) adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early, and by keeping your furry friends in a familiar room you plan to pack up last. On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut, or at a friend’s house. This will ensure that your cat or dog won’t get scared and try to make a quick getaway while the movers load up the truck. During the moving process, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.
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