How to Survive Moving Day with Your Dog
Moving day: a seemingly neverending string of responsibilities and stresses. Nobody loves moving day, but it’s especially hard if you have to add the care of another living thing to the already giant stack of hassles. Owning a dog (or two), for example, makes moving all the more difficult. It doesn’t have to be unbearable, however. Here’s how to survive it.
Moving with A Dog
Finding the right home
Before we talk moving let’s briefly discuss finding the right home for you and your beloved dog. When it comes to buying a home, there are some deal breakers – some of which include bad water damage, mold, and bad school districts. When thinking about possible deal breakers that are dog specific, you may consider proximity to major roads (for dogs that love to run around), bad neighbors with aggressive or poorly-behaved dogs, and even multiple-story homes if you have an older dog with health problems. You can’t tailor your entire home buying experience to suit your dog, but you can sure try to do your best.
So you’ve found the right home. Now the big move is on the horizon.
Prep your dog for a wild and crazy day
There are two helpful strategies you should employ for making sure your dog is as ready for moving day as they can be – one long term and one short term. When you first finalize your move date, you should immediately begin to pack and move boxes out of your current place. Why? It lets your dog ease into the moving process and makes things more tolerable. Instead of a whirlwind of packing and moving at crunch time (which is stressful for human and dog alike), you can have a more calm, gradual move-out process.
On the day of the move, you can prepare your dog for the stress and excitement by taking it on a very long walk or trip to the dog park. You know what they say, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.
Prep the movers
There’s a good chance you’ll be hiring movers to help, and if you do they need to be made aware of the fact that you have a dog. It’s also important that you ask moving companies if they have any specific policies regarding pets (like they should be locked away, crated, etc). Even if they don’t you should talk to the movers about your dog’s temperament. If your dog is nervous around strangers, maybe let them know that so they won’t approach it. When you’re ready to hire movers, use this handy tool to help find a moving company.
Get your dog out of the way
You can do all the prep you want, and it still may not be enough to avoid a headache come moving day. The most reliable way to avoid moving day problems is to get your dog as far away from the action as possible. Out of the house entirely is preferable. Ask a friend or neighbor to host your dog for the day, or if that falls through try a daycare or boarding service (here’s a good guide on finding the right one for your dog). If you must keep Fido at home during the move, it’s best to crate him or at least put him in a room, away from the action, for the majority of the day.
End the end, it’s ok not to involve your dog in moving day. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them, and they’ll understand. Not only is moving day stressful for your dog, but having to worry about their welfare while trying to execute a move is tough for you or even for professional movers. Try your best to get your dog out of the house, but at the very least do what you can to prepare your dog by slowly introducing them to the concept of moving and by tiring them out on the big day.
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