Tips for Moving with Your Dog

By Maria Posted in dog care, dog training /

Moving with dogs requires care and planning. Like humans, our canine companions establish a routine at home and can find moving disruptive. Putting some thought into your pooch’s move will go a long way in creating a new, welcoming home for him.

Before the move, talk to your apartment manager about pet rules and regulations, look for a new vet in the area, and be ready to give your dog some time to adjust to his new environment.

Make the transition easier by having a solid plan. Pack a special doggie bag for moving day with the following in it: a dish, bottled water, food, a can opener if necessary, some treats, a towel, cleanup bags, and a couple of toys. Also be sure to have these items on hand: a leash, a dog bed, microchip information, health records, and any medication your pooch may need.

Most dogs travel well in a car, but if yours doesn’t, consult with your vet for suggestions prior to moving day. They may be able to prescribe something that will help ease stomach upset. If your pet is crate trained, transport him that way for additional safety assurance.

Canines find routine disruptions upsetting, so try to keep everything the same as much as possible on moving day. A long walk before all the hullaballoo begins may help relax your dog as well. Try to maintain normal feeding times, but avoid giving him food prior to a lengthy drive.

When you arrive at your new home, take your pooch out for a walk right away if possible so he can start adjusting to his surroundings. Canines use their nose to “see” the world, so he’ll want to explore. Have a favorite toy or the dog bed ready in a quiet room after the walk as it will help him settle in while you finish unpacking.

Also set up the indoor litter box so your dog can eliminate when needed. If your pooch has never used a litter box before, you might want to consider litter training him. An indoor litter box will keep your apartment mess-free, as well as save you the hassles of going down the stairs or using the elevator whenever your pet has to relieve himself.

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