When I moved with my wife from Austin to Seattle, we had our personal luggage, a van full of household items – and two dogs.
Moving residences, as you probably know, is already quite taxing. Our move was made even more challenging by our furry friends who would refuse to just cooperate with us, while my wife and I checked off our to-do list.
They’d wander here and there, sometimes coming in the way of our packing chores. At other times, they’d turn the whole house upside down, while we would be away busy sorting out the move.
This experience taught us many valuable things though, in particular about how to manage dogs when moving. And through this blog, I’d like to share some of what I learned, which might help you during your house move.
Dogs need to have their “destructive” energy drained
Understand one thing:
Moving will induce anxiety in your dog.
They will become destructive and may even get aggressive. You need to drain this destructive energy of theirs to keep them under control.
How can you do that?
- Take them out on walks
- Amp up their exercise routine
Keep your cool
Dogs are intuitive creatures, and they can instantly sense when you’re happy, sad or stressed. When they see you panicked, they lose their calm.
So even though we understand that moving can be a stressful process, keep your cool, otherwise it will make your dog feel more anxious.
Give them lots of love
Don’t ignore your pooch just because you have more important tasks to take care of. Give them your attention, entertain them, play with them and make them feel everything is normal.
Condition them to packing supplies
Is there anything scary about duct tapes and cardboard boxes? No. But do they scare our furry friends when they take over our homes? Absolutely, yes!
Our dogs would get more scared than usual dogs at the sight of packing supplies. We genuinely don’t know why. Gradually, they started feeling more comfortable around them, but the first few days were hell.
We’d advise that before you start packing, condition your dogs to the packing material at your house. Let them sniff the boxes. Let them play with the duct tape.
Always pack their things and room last
This is important because it will keep your dog from stressing out and causing an upheaval.
Also, when packing your dog’s belongings, avoid washing them for a while, even when you arrive at your new home. Their smell will be the only familiar scent in the new house, and will help them to adapt easier and faster.
Arrange for pet care on the moving day
On the moving day, leave your dog with someone who can take good care of them while you handle the moving chores. That way, they’ll be calmer and safer. Not to mention, you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
And that’s it for this blog post; we hope you found the read informative and helpful.
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