With spring finally on its way, the time has come to get up and move! The days of going for a run, taking the dog for a walk, or spending time outside are almost upon us. But if you are thinking about a bigger move – into a new home – we’ll help you get your family ready, even the four-legged members.
You want your dog or cat to feel just as comfortable in your new home as you do, which means making sure they are prepared for the transition. Everything from packing the first boxes to loading the car for the last time can be a bit confusing for your pet. Introduce them to these things slowly and with lots of positive feedback, and your pet’s transition will be as smooth as can be.
Packing and planning
Give your pet plenty of time to get used to packing boxes. Have boxes around for a few days before any significant changes take place to help assure your pet that there’s nothing to fear! When you do start to pack, do one room at a time.
Go for a drive
While some dogs love a good car ride, many pets may not be accustomed to driving in the car. Taking your pet for short trips before the big move can help lessen anxiety. Why not drive by your new home with your pet? Exposing them gradually to the new surroundings will be helpful.
Take it slow
Once you begin settling in, you might be excited to let your pet explore every corner of your new home. As tempting as this may be, give your pet a single room to get used to first and slowly expose them to the rest of their new space. This way, they can establish a “home base” or sorts that will be comforting if they are overwhelmed.
Explore your new neighborhood and find fellow pet lovers. Even if your dog is not one to pal around with other pups, these neighbors may be able to suggest local veterinarians, boarding locations or dog parks. Making sure your dog or cat has everything they need to settle in will lead to a lifetime of happiness in your new home!