New situations and experiences can be upsetting for the entire family, including your pet dog. Throughout the moving process, there will be disruption while everything is being relocated. Your fur kid’s usual routine goes haywire in addition to the confusion and disruption. Your fur kid will realize that his surroundings, smells and household items have changed dramatically. It’s not surprising that some dogs will become worried, especially those who are sensitive to change. If you’re planning a move, it is important to plan ahead so that your pet dog stays safe, happy and settles quickly into the new home.
You may wish to ask a relative or a good friend whom your dog is familiar with to look after your dog for the duration of the move while you concentrate on the actual house move without having to worry about your dog’s welfare and whereabouts. You may even consider pet boarding for your dog. Once you are settled in your new home, with everything unpacked and order restored, your dog can then be collected. You’ll then have the time dedicated to introduce your pet dog to your new home.
If you decide to bring your dog with you on the moving date, you can follow these simple and helpful tips:
1. Introduce the carrier or crate
If your pets will be traveling in a kennel or crate on the moving day, train them to sleep in it several weeks before the big move and reward them with treats. Leave some of your dog’s favorite toys and snacks in the carrier on the moving day.
2. On moving day
Ensure that your pet dog is safe and placed in an empty room far from the movers and moving commotion. If this precaution is not taken, your fur kid would be in danger by getting into open boxes or in the way of movers. It also prevents them from hiding and not being located when the time has come for them to be moved. Place some of your dog’s favorite toys, food, water, and bedding in the temporary room to comfort your fur kid.
3. Person in charge
On the day of the move, it would be very helpful to have one member of the family who is responsible over your dog. This way, you always have a point of reference and know that the nominated person knows where your dog is. This will also give your dog some comfort.
4. Moving your pet dog in your vehicle
Ensure that your furry friend is placed inside a carrier when traveling in your vehicle. There are a few restraint options that you can choose, namely harness seat belts, zipline harnesses and carry boxes with harness attachments. Other options include back seat hammocks, back seat barriers and dog guards if your dog will be placed in the boot of your car.
5. Don’t feed just before the car trip
Eating right before a long trip in the car can result in an upset tummy for your pet dog and possibly, a big mess for you!
6. Find a reliable pet transportation service
For a safe and professional transportation of your beloved pet dog, you can browse the Shiply website to find the best pet transportation service to move your dog to your new home. All it takes is to fill out a simple online form and several free quotes will be emailed to you for you to compare rates to ship your pets.