Sometimes what’s exciting for us, isn’t so exciting for our furry friends. Moving with pets can be tough. They’ve learned to love your home and moving into a new one may cause some confusion, or even bad behavior. Below are 10 ways to make moving with your four-legged loved ones easier on everyone.
1. Check the Local Laws
When it comes to moving to a new municipality or state, not all pet laws are alike. Before you move, make sure you’ll be abiding by all of the laws and ordinances in your new neighborhood. This may included registering your pet with the township or having certain fencing requirements. Does your dog bark at everything? Make sure you won’t be breaking any sound ordinances if you let your loud little buddy out alone at night.
2. Find a New Vet
Find some piece of mind knowing you have a good vet near home. Do your research now and maybe make a check up appointment with a vet you think you’ll be comfortable with. This won’t only get your pet used to their new surroundings, but it’ll also help you feel more connected in your new community. Your new vet can also get your pet chipped, if they aren’t already.
3. Update ID Tag
This is one of the most important things you can do when moving to a new area. Especially when your dog is getting used to some big changes and might be a little jumpy or ready to run. Most likely, your new neighbors aren’t going to be familiar with your pets right off the bat. So, if your pet gets loose, the best way to make sure they’re found quickly and safety is to update their tags.
4. New House Rules? Start Now
Are you going to implement new rules for the new house when you move in? Maybe you don’t want your furry friend upstairs anymore or maybe the new couches are off limits now. You’re pet is already adjusting to a new home, adding rules right when you move in might make them even more confused. If you know which new rules you want for your new home, its best to start enforcing them before you move in.
5. Start Walking Them Around The New Neighborhood
Once you’ve closed on your new home (if its not too out of the way) you might want to walk your pet around the new neighborhood before move-in day. Even just a couple walks will get them familiar with the new smells and routes of the area.
6. Keep Some Familiar Smells
Animals use their sense of smell much more than we do. So, if your pet is surrounded by all new smells in your new home it might cause them to become skittish or even act out. To help counter-act these types of reactions, keep some familiar smells around the house. Keep their old toys, or an old throw blanket you haven’t washed since you moved in. Anything that reminds your pet of the familiarities of home. If you’re worried about leaving your pet home alone for the first couple of weeks, leave an unwashed sweatshirt on the couch or maybe in their bed. Your scent will makes them feel more comfortable settling into their new space.
7. Create a Familiar Space
As explained above, pets like familiarity. It makes them feel safe. You might also want to keep this in mind when laying out your new home. Did you keep your pets bed or crate in the living room? It might be a good idea to do the same in the new house.
8. Try to Keep Routines The Same
Do your pets eat or go outside at the same time every day? It might be hard when your days are filled with moving, organizing, and working, but try to keep their schedule the same as much as possible. A flip-flopped schedule could get your pet all out of whack and confused about what’s happening.
9. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
You’re pet can’t act out if they’re tired, right? Exercise is the perfect way to keep your pet calm during this big transition period. Whether it be a long walk, a game of fetch, or just playing with toys in the house – keeping your pet busy keeps them from wanting to rebel.
10. Patience Is Important
Don’t forget – it may take time for your pet to get used to their new home. This is especially true if they spent their whole life in your previous home. Try to stay patience and compassionate with your pet as this is a huge transition for them and may take a while to get used to.