A Guide to Keeping Your Pup Safe and Happy When Moving Into Your New Home
Buying a new home, moving, and settling in is a process that’s exciting and maybe a little overwhelming at the same time. Whatever you are feeling about your move, your dog is likely feeling the same way. Dogs don’t understand why we move, so they may be nervous and unsure of what to think about the new place. These tips will help you make a move that’s safe and secure for your pup while helping him adjust to your new home.
Prepare Your Dog Ahead of Time
Dogs may not fully understand what’s going on, but you can help keep them safe through the move and ease the transition. Get them a checkup at the vet before moving to make sure all vaccinations are current, and while you’re there, ask about getting a microchip if you haven’t already gotten one. You may also want to ask about medication to help with car sickness if your dog is prone to it.
Along with getting a clean bill of health, go ahead and get new identification tags with the address where you’ll be moving. Your dog should always wear a collar for safety anyway, but double-check now that it isn’t worn out and still fits properly. In addition to taking these safety precautions, you can also start helping him get used to the idea of moving. The Spruce recommends talking to your dog about the move. Most of us talk to our dogs anyway, so give him calm reassurance that everything is going to be OK. He may not understand the words you’re saying, but he will understand your tone of voice.
Keep Calm on Moving Day
It’s normal to get a little stressed about moving, but your dog will pick up on your anxiety, so if you remain calm, your dog will be more likely to follow your lead. Safety is a big concern for moving day, too. Keep your dog secured away from the action so you don’t worry about him slipping out the door. If your dog is crate-trained and feels secure there, keeping him in his crate in a closed off-room is a good option. Some dogs may still be agitated hearing everything going on, so they may be happier having a doggy playdate at a friend’s house or going to doggy day care. Be sure to give this a trial run beforehand so the experience isn’t totally new.
Make Your New Home Safe and Secure
Many new homeowners do a thorough cleaning before moving in. Be aware of having cleaning chemicals and other things like open paint cans lying around. Setting up your new home is a great opportunity to secure anything hazardous that your dog could get into. Find a storage space for cleaning supplies and other chemicals that’s well out of a dog’s reach (even for jumpers!), or if you store them in lower cabinets, consider installing childproof locks.
You will also want to take a good look around the outside of your property to make sure the former owners haven’t left anything like fertilizer or insecticides. Check your property for any plants that are poisonous for dogs, too. If you aren’t sure which ones to look out for, the ASPCA has a printable list of plants that are toxic to animals. Dogs love being able to roam in their own yard, so you may want to install a fence at your new home so they can enjoy some outdoor freedom safely. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs an average of $2,670 to install or build a fence. Making this simple upgrade to your property is well worth the investment for your dog’s safety and your own peace of mind.
In a lot of ways, dogs are like kids. They depend on us as pet parents to keep them safe and secure and to reassure them that everything is OK when something changes. Plan ahead, communicate with your dog, and take these precautions so that you and your pup can both settle into your new home happily.
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