Dogs Don’t Have to Get in the Way on Moving Day
Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about four muddy paws constantly tripping up you or your movers. If you are concerned that your dog may make moving day unpleasant, keep reading for tips on what to do about your pup in the final days at your old home and upon arrival at your new one.
Board him. Perhaps the most logical solution to keep your dog safe is to hire a dog boarder or pet sitter who can keep him off the property until the moving truck is loaded. If you are moving locally, it may be a good idea to leave him overnight until you have an opportunity to get his personal belongings into the new house. There are numerous doggy daycare providers in the greater Minneapolis area that range from about $23 per day to $45 per day. It’s a small investment to know your beloved furry family member is well taken care of.
Hire a dog walker. If you can’t fathom the thought of leaving your pet or if he needs your attention for medical reasons, you might also consider hiring someone who can keep him company while you’re moving. Rover.com lists dozens of dog walkers in the area so you can find the perfect match for your pet.
Find an empty room. An alternative to boarding or paying someone to help is to find a space where your dog can relax during the hustle and bustle of moving day. This should be a room at the furthest end of your home that has already been emptied of boxes, furniture, clothing, and other possessions. Your dog’s bed, food, water, and favorite toys should be the only things in the room with him.
Talk to your veterinarian. If you are moving outside of your current city limits, your pet may be subject to different health laws and may require a certification from your veterinarian stating that he is in good health and does not pose a risk of transmitting a communicable disease to other animals. CanisMajor.com notes that you can contact your new home’s local Department of Health for specific information. This will eliminate any potential issues associated with bringing a dog across the state or county lines.
Stay calm. If you think that you are stressed out by the move, consider how your dog feels. While you’ve had weeks, possibly months, to prepare for your upcoming change of scenery, all the commotion—and disappearing furniture—is a brand-new experience for your pets. Cesar Millan, founder and namesake of Caesar’s Way, notes that if your dog is experiencing emotional distress, he or she may whine, circle, pace back and forth, or exhibit other strange behavior. Do what you can to calm your dog down. Take her for a walk, sit with her, speak to her in a reassuring voice, and simply be present when she needs comfort.
Jump into a new routine. There’s going to be about 48 hours when your entire world is turned upside down. It may be difficult to feed or exercise your dog on your previous schedule. But for your and your dog’s sanity, get back to your routine as quickly as possible, even if it deviates from the norm. As canine behavior and training specialist Kimberly Mandel explains, “Dogs are the ultimate creatures of habit.” The sooner you set a routine in motion, the sooner your dog will adjust to his new home.
With a little diligence—and a lot of patience—you and your dog can get from point A to point B without incident. But remember, it’s always best if your dog is not on the property while things are being moved in and out. Once you arrive at your new home, get right back on track. Soon, the chaos of moving day will be a distant memory.