How to prepare your dog for relocation

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    Moving is probably one of the most stressful times for a human, but we must not forget that it is also for our animals. Making a transition from one place to another is not easy, and it can cause stress and have a lasting impact on our and our pet’s health. This is a big change for your dog, all his habits are about to change. They will need more attention and love from you in order to manage their stress. In order to avoid behavioral problems, you will have to work with your dog. But don’t worry! We have prepared some valuable tips that will help you prepare your dog for relocation with Family Affair Moving Orange County. If you follow our tips, you will be just fine.

    To prepare your dog for relocation first you need to gather all the needed paperwork

    The first thing you need to do is to collect all the paperwork you need in order to move with your pet. This is obligatory if you are moving long-distance and internationally.  Your vet can help you with this, so don’t hesitate to ask him what paperwork you need to acquire before the move. Also, bring your pet for a checkup and get all the needed vaccines.  This is very important since you cannot fly with your pet if his vaccines are not in order. So keep this in mind before you start preparing for your relocation.

    A couple cuddling their dogs.
    Give extra attention to your dogs during the moving process.

    Try not to change his habits during the moving preparations

    No matter if you are moving long distance or locally, the whole moving process will be stressful for your dog. During your moving preparations keep your dog’s daily routine the same as much as you can. This is important if you want your dog to have an easy transition.  While it will be obvious that you will be quite busy, keep in mind that the situation will immediately become anxious for your dog if his routine is not followed. So make sure to find some time for him. These are the things you should do if you want to avoid your dog feeling stressed:

    • Continue to play with your pet
    • Take your dog out for a walk at the usual hours
    • Take time to caress him, to take care of him

    Avoid reducing your dog’s attention time as much as possible. A little hug here and there is the best medicine for any uncomfortable feeling your pet might be feeling. They are just like us; they need to feel reassured in order to feel fine. Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Your dog can sense your pre-move anxiety and react to the first signs of change. So try to relax and be as calm as possible. This is going to be beneficial both for you and your furry friend.

    Prepare your dog for relocation by visiting the vet.
    To prepare your dog for relocation you need to bring him to the vet for one last checkup.

    Wait the last day to pack your dog’s accessories

    The biggest piece of advice anyone can give you is to not let your dog wander among the boxes and try to isolate him from rooms cluttered with boxes. Furthermore, if you can, avoid packing your boxes in front of him.  However, if you can’t, make sure he doesn’t start chewing on moving supplies Orange County that you have in the room. It could be dangerous for him.

    Moreover, when moving, do not touch his favorite room, especially the place where he sleeps, until the last moment! An empty room can be confusing for your dog. So leave the packing of your dog’s accessories for the last day. Therefore, your dog’s final box will be closed and sealed just before the moving truck leaves. By following this advice, your dog will have access to all of his essentials until the minute you leave your old home.

    A dog walking next to the water.
    Don’t change your dog’s habits during the moving preparations.

    Entrust the care of your dog to a friend or a family member during moving preparations

    Make sure that your dog is safe, during the moving preparations and the move itself. Some dogs will be upset or scared when the movers Costa Mesa arrive, they might even flee the house! Make sure you have a place just for your pet, a place where he cannot get lost or hurt himself. Also, make sure he has his collar on, with your information on it.

    You can leave your dog to family or friends, if possible, during the moving period. In any case, give preference to people that he already knows and who have already taken care of him. Your pet will not be stressed with someone he already knows; on the contrary to him, it will be another fun day for playing.

    Prepare your dog for relocation by showing him his new environment

    If possible try to bring him with you when you are visiting your future home. This way when you finally move in he will already be familiar with the place. Also, you can take your dog out for a tour of the future neighborhood, so that he can familiarize himself with the environment. Beforehand check the dog parks in the area, this will save you time looking for one when you arrive at your future neighborhood.

    Get a professional to deal with everything

    Hire professional movers to help you organize your move when moving with your pets. This will help you with the moving preparations and you will have more time to spend with your dog! You can entrust them with the packing and disassembling of the furniture while you walk your dog or do other important things.  With a professional moving company, you will be relaxed and your dog will feel the same. You can forget about feeling anxious when you have a great moving partner by your side that can handle everything. Moreover, if you follow all of our tips on how to prepare a dog for relocation you will avoid stress. What’s more, your loyal companion will get used to his new home more easily and quickly!

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