These days, people are more mobile than ever before. Gone are the days when you would buy one house and live there until you retire. Instead, you have to move to get better jobs, school districts, and amenities.
All of that is hard enough on its own, but things get harder when you have a pet dog. This means you’re looking for a place that fits both you and your dog. Although things can be more difficult, it’s still something you can do right by following these tips. To begin with, you need to be careful when looking for the new house.
Finding The Right Home
Finding the right home depends a lot on your breed. Active dogs will need large yards, whereas lap dogs can thrive in smaller homes. That said, petfinder.com lists 13 steps for finding pet-friendly homes, such as:
● Start looking early so you’re not rushed. Finding the right home for you and your dog takes time.
● Don’t bother with any community that doesn’t allow pets. They will find out eventually, and you’ll be forced to move.
● Gather paperwork proving your dog is safe, such as health records and training certificates.
Of course, buying a house or condo means no one will tell you that dogs aren’t welcome. However, there can be community rules (especially in condos) that limit what breeds and sizes are welcome. The Humane Society recommends talking directly to the person in charge and getting everything in writing.
Moving Day Tips
Now that you’ve found a place that works for you both, you’ll need to start packing. That can confuse and worry some dogs since they don’t understand why their environment is suddenly changing. To help reduce your pet’s anxiety, pack up your pet’s belongings last. They need stability and predictability, so leave their beds, bowls, and toys alone as long as possible.
When it comes to the actual moving day, Redfin has an excellent page of moving day tips, including:
● Stay calm. Your dog knows when you’re upset, so if you stress out over moving, they will too.
● Stick to a normal routine as much as possible. If you walk every day at noon, be sure to do that on moving day as well.
● Give your pet an empty room with food, water, and a toy. It may be boring, but it helps them stay calm and feel safe.
● Create a “dog essentials” box to hold a leash, food, bowls, familiar toy or blanket, and any medication your dog takes. Make sure this stays with you during the drive over.
Helping Your Dog Feel At Home Again
You did it. After weeks of packing and preparing, the last box is inside your new home. But before you start unpacking everything and turning this new place into a home, you need to help your dog acclimate to the new space.
Start by unpacking all of your dog’s belongings and put them in the same places. If your dog’s food and water bowls were in the kitchen by the fridge, put them near the new fridge. While you need to unpack your things, you also want to keep to any routines just like on moving day. Your goal is to provide predictability so your dog worries less.
You also want to explore your new home together. Don’t just let the dog run around. Follow your pet around as they check out the new rooms and yard. This can help you spot any problems before your dog gets into them. When it’s time for a walk, focus on your immediate neighborhood just in case your dog ever gets loose.
Make Your Move Successful
Getting the right home can do wonders for your happiness, career, and more. Thankfully, you can also find one that helps your dog’s life. Start by getting a written copy of any laws or rules about having a pet in the new home. Then stick to a routine as much as possible to help your dog with moving day and the new place. Soon, both of you can be happy in your new house.
Author: Jim McKinley