Many Americans are moving. If you’re one of them, then you likely have a lot on your plate. But if you’re also a pet owner, you could be wondering what you should do with your lovable pup during the move. Moving, after all, is stressful, and we don’t want to make our dogs miserable. Thankfully, there are ways you can make moving easier on your pup as well as yourself.
Keep your regular routine
In the weeks and days leading up to the move, it’s important that you keep to your dog’s regular schedule. There will be lots of boxes and moving around that is likely to stress them out. As such, keeping to their normal potty, eating, and exercise routines will help keep them calm. If you’re too busy with the move to keep to their routine, consider asking a friend or family member to help out.
Use a pet sitter on moving day
Consider hiring a pet sitter or ask a friend or family member to take care of your dog on moving day. This will make sure your pup doesn’t get too stressed out or get in the way as everyone is moving around. Then, just pick up your pup when it’s time to head to your new home.
Introduce them to their new home after you’ve moved in
If you’re staying in the same area, bring your dog to the home only after everything has been moved in. However, if you’re moving to a new town or state, this may not be possible. In those cases, keep your dog in one room or one area of your new house so that they don’t accidentally run out or get in the way. Make sure they have plenty of things to keep them happy while they’re in that room, and have someone check in on them routinely.
Use anti-anxiety medications if necessary
If your pup doesn’t handle change well, you may need to ask your vet about anti-anxiety medications. These can help your pup stay calm in what is likely to be a very stressful situation.