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A Stress-Free Move: Making Moving Day Go Smoothly for Your Dog

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Relocating to a new home is always a stressful experience. In all the chaos and anxiety of preparing for a move, pet owners are apt to forget that being uprooted and moved to unfamiliar surroundings is also stressful for dogs. All the objects, sights, and smells of home gradually give way to confusion and fear. Dogs also sense and reflect their owner’s uneasiness and may react in unpredictable ways if an owner is agitated, which can make moving day even more stressful.

Bear in mind that taking care of your dog on moving day is not only good for your pet, but for you and your family as well. It gives everyone one less thing to worry about and one less uncertainty. The last thing you want on moving day is to worry about your dog getting upset and running away. Besides, your dog is a member of the family and, as such, deserves emotional support just like anyone else. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help make moving day go smoothly for you and your furry friend.

Keep it normal

One of the biggest favors you can do for your pooch is to keep everything as normal as possible leading up to moving day. Don’t change his feeding schedule or forget to take him for a walk at the usual time. Dogs can sense when things are out of whack, especially when their surroundings are gradually altered one piece of furniture at a time. If your dog has a space or room that’s his, keep his water and food dish in place as well as his toys, blanket, and other familiar objects. The key is to keep things as close to normal as possible.

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Take time out for your dog

Moving means you’ll be busy with all kinds of responsibilities like packing, decluttering, and taking care of details like switching your kids’ schools, changing your address, hiring movers, and much more. In all the hubbub and upset of moving, it can be easy to overlook your pet’s needs. Take time out for a walk or play fetch or tug of war. Your dog needs your attention from time to time, especially when you’re busy. Don’t neglect him.

Let the movers know

Some movers have rules about allowing dogs to be on the premises while they’re trying to move your belongings. If you’re hiring professional movers, make sure they know if a dog will be around while they’re loading your belongings. Also, make sure they know that you’ll keep your dog out of the way while they’re doing their work. One very good way to keep things from getting out of hand on moving day is to board your dog or turn him over to a dog walker. Your pet will get excellent care and the opportunity to play with other dogs while your belongings are being loaded and moved. Doggy day care is an increasingly popular option for dog owners who have to be away at work during the week and want their pooches entertained and taken care of every day. It’s also a great way to keep your pup happy on moving day.

Don’t forget about you

Although you want to take very good care of your pet during this stressful time, it’s also important to remember to take good care of yourself. After all, you can’t look after your pooch if you’re too stressed to provide plenty of love and attention. One way to keep your anxiety and stress under control is to get your home move-in ready before you get settled in. Take some time to clean the home — really deep clean those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies — and make any slight modifications before unpacking. Also, to help prevent pet hair and dander from taking over your new space, consider picking up an air filter that addresses these pet-related issues. There are many on the market these days, so take a moment to check out what’s good and what’s not.

Acclimating

Be patient with your dog once you’re all moved in. Just like you and your family, he’ll need some time to get used to his surroundings. If possible, keep his favorite toys and eating area in the same general place as before (such as the laundry room). Make sure his tags are up to date and, if possible, have him microchipped just in case he runs away. After the movers are done unloading your belongings, go for a walk around the perimeter of your new property so your dog can get familiar with his new home.

Don’t overlook your dog’s needs when moving day arrives. He’ll need your presence and assurance as his living environment is radically altered overnight. A little tender care can go a long way toward making the move less disruptive and frightening.

Thank you to Cindy Aldridge of Ourdogfriends.org for submitting this blog post. Photos courtesy of Pexels.

Making a Move - Without Losing Your Mind

Moving. Everybody hates doing it. And they often forget how bad it is from one time to the next! But I’ve learned a few tips through the years to help people make the most of their move – and not lose their minds in the process. Some of these are overall guidelines, and some are practical tips. I hope something here will make the act of moving a little faster and a little better so you can get on to enjoying your new home!

These are my best moving tips to help you streamline the process!

Break it down into manageable tasks. 
Create a list of every task that must be done before the move. Check off items as they’re completed, and pack room by room. Crossing items off your list and packing one room at a time can make the feat seem manageable.

Declutter as you go.
That shirt you haven’t worn in two years? Gone. The nail polish that’s a little thick but you might wear it again? Gone. Old sheets and ragged towels? Gone. Remember that space in your attic or basement that you haven’t been into for months (or years)? You can pack these items first because they’ll likely not be missed for a few weeks.

 The more you declutter before you move – or better yet, when you put your house on the market to sell – the easier it will be put everything into its new place. A garage sale or trip to Goodwill can also make a move much easier. If your family has a hard time deciding what stays, have each person choose a certain number of items that must be left behind. You’ll thank yourself when you’re starting fresh and trying to get organized.  

Prep a survival kit.
Put your essentials into a small suitcase to get you from point A to point B – including cleaning supplies, box cutters, first aid kit, toilet paper – anything you want to keep on hand. This is also a good place to keep valuables like laptops, jewelry and important paperwork. Because it’s hard on kids during a move, have them pack a small bag with their favorite toys and books.

Pack the right way.
How you load the truck can impact how quickly you can get things set up and working properly. Begin by writing the contents of each box on the side, not the top. This will make it easier to identify where boxes need to go. Load the truck in this order: furniture other than beds, boxes heaviest to lightest, kitchen items, mattresses and bed rails.

Set up the bed first.
You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to crash after a long day. Then focus on your kitchen – the hub of activity and normalcy for most families. After that, work from room to room instead doing everything at once. This will keep the chaos contained to a few areas.  

Don’t expect it to be stress free!
Uprooting your life and touching every belonging you have is going to bring up some feelings, some good and some bad. That’s why it’s important to keep your sleep routine going, keep healthy snacks for the family on hand, and ask your friends and family to help pitch in during the move. You can return the favor when you’re settled in your new place. And remember, some of the best family memories come when you all work together to get a job done. Happy moving!

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Cheryl