It can already be overwhelming enough with moving, but then add “Fido” and “Whiskers” into the mix, and it can be hectic! Especially because pets are important members of the family, here are a few tips for moving your animal and getting them acclimated into their new home.
What I did when I moved:
I kept my dog, Greta, in her kennel that she was already used to at home. It probably would have been a lot easier to keep her kennel in her bedroom that she was already used to. At the time, I thought it would be better to move her kennel into the kitchen so that she could see what my husband and I were doing. Did she bark? Yes. But that was because she was confused, she wanted to play, and she wanted attention. However, ever so often, I took her out of the kennel for her to have food and water, and also for her to “take care of business” outside. Once it was time to put her back into the kennel, I would give her a treat. It was only for one day, and we were only moving less than a mile away. For our schedule, it was more convenient for us to have the dog at home while we were moving. When I move again, I will most likely check Greta into Bark Avenue for a day or two.
Making Sure Home Is Pet Proof:
- Put away all electrical cords.
- Make sure windows have screens.
- Remove poisonous plants
- Make sure pest control items are out of your pet’s reach.
Packing Up Your Home:
- Place your moving boxes in your home early. This way, your pet can get used to the sight, sound, and smell of these boxes.
- Pack up the most familiar room to your pet last. Your animal is already used to their favorite couch, the decorations on the wall.
On Moving Day:
- Having your friends and family watch the pet
- Checking your pet into a kennel
- Keep your pet in a quiet room with the door shut. You don’t want your pet to run away as the movers are removing boxes and loading them on the truck.
- It may be tempting to let your animal just run around the house when you first walk in. However, you still have to move all of the boxes into your new home. Since you packed up your “most familiar” spot last, maybe you move those boxes out first into a room with your animal. That way, as your pet is adjusting to a new setting, they already have those familiar sights and smells of your furniture and décor.
- This first room that you introduce the animal to is their new “home base”. Introduce your animal to each room one at a time. You can have their favorite blanket, bed, toys, even their pet sweater!
- If your animal is already used to listening to music throughout the day, then play their favorite radio station.
Congratulations on moving into your new home! I can’t wait until I see how you make your house your home.