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Moving Day Tips Will Help Dog Owners Relocate With Ease

In terms of tasks that tend to pull you in every direction, moving is near the top of the list. On moving day, we tend to have so much to do that some things get lost in the shuffle. And for dog owners, sometimes it’s the dog’s well-being that is lost. If you’re about to move and you own a dog or two, here are some tips you should heed.

Remove them from the whole ordeal

The easiest way to deal with your dog on moving day is to not have to deal with your dog. With that in mind, you should do whatever you can to get your dog out of the house while you pack and load up the moving truck. If you can score a dog sitter for the day -- excellent! If you can’t, there are plenty of dog boarding services around to help.  

If you must keep them around, keep them secure

If you can’t find a friend or neighbor to watch your dog while you move and dog boarding isn’t an option, then you must make sure they are secure if they are staying at the house. Moving involves a lot of open doors and heavy boxes, and dogs can either get loose or get hurt if tripped/dropped on. One option is to leave them in the yard while you move. If you don’t have a physical fence, a wireless dog fence can help keep them contained. Another option is to leave them closed in a room (that you move last). For some peace of mind, consider keeping an eye on them with a dog monitor camera.

Know how to travel

If you’re just moving across town, transporting your dog to your new home is a fairly straightforward process. If you’re moving across the country, it can be an ordeal. As Cesar’s Way notes, you should stop every four to six hours if driving to let your dog go to the bathroom and get some exercise. Plan to stop overnight and plan a dog-friendly accommodation if traveling cross-country.

If you’re flying with your dog, know the rules. Some airlines will let small dogs fly with you in the cabin. Most airlines will safely transport your dog in the cargo area of the plane. It’s on you to know your airline’s guidelines. Here’s a good place to start.

Activity before, love after

The move will be stressful on your dog. You can help to mitigate that anxiety beforehand and comfort your furry friend after the move. On the days leading up to moving day, it’s on you to give your dog an extra amount of exercise. Double the length of their normal walk. Go to the dog park and go for a walk. Play extra hard in the backyard. Get creative. Anything you can do to tire your dog out will help them stay calmer during all the calamity.

 

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