Moving homes is stressful enough as a human, and many don’t consider how stressful it can be for animals. They get stressed out very easily when they don’t know what is going on. Here are some ways from the ASPCA to make your furry friends more comfortable with this transition.
Acquaint Them With the Neighborhood
Before you commit to your new place, take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Look for any other dog walkers. Are there aggressive dog walkers? Are they unleashed? If so, it might be best to consider another area.
Pack up With Care
Like humans, animals are not big fans of change. Keep them in a familiar room that you will pack up last. This will keep them out of the movers’ way and keep their spirits high. It is even better if you can get them out of the house and possibly with a friend to keep them distracted while you get ready for your move.
Prepare for the Road Trip
If you are moving far away, your pet might not be used to that long of a drive. It would be smart to get them acclimated to crates and cars for weeks or months leading up to your move. Visit the Humane Society for crate training tips. After they are comfortable in the crate, take them for short drives. Consistency and rewards will build their trust and help on moving day.
Settle Them In
Once you get to your new home, it can be tempting to open your new doors let your animal explore at their will. If you have a skittish animal, this new environment can be overwhelming. Start by allowing your animal to only one room and giving them food, water, and favorite toys. As they grow more comfortable, introduce new rooms while keeping some doors closed. After you’ve shown them all of the rooms they will be allowed in, they will feel at home in no time.