Moving to a new home can be stressful for your dog. Advance planning, patience and affection can help your dog adjust quickly to his new home.
Before the Move Prepare your pet for the move a few weeks before the actual day. Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Buy a carrier that will allow your pet to sit and lie comfortably inside. If your dog is not accustomed to a pet carrier or crate, take the time to get your dog used to the new carrier before the move.
If the trip to the new home is more than 2 hours, use a carrier that holds food and water. Clip your dog’s nails to protect against hooking in carrier door, holes, and other crevices.
As soon as you know your new address and telephone number, get a pet ID tag with the new information on it. Have your dog wear both ID tags right before and after the move to ensure that if your dog gets lost, you can be located. If your dog is micro chipped make sure that your new address details are updated on the Petrac Database http://www.avidplc.com/pet-owners/
During the Move On moving day, place your dog in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom so that he cannot escape. Make sure to provide food and water for your dog. Place a large sign on the door that says, DO NOT ENTER, and make sure that friends and professionals movers are aware that the room is off-limits.
Assign a family member to be in charge of the dog to ensure that he does not get left behind during a hectic moving day. Carry recent photographs of your dog in case he gets lost.
Traveling by Car If you’re traveling by car and your dog enjoys car rides, you may want to get him accustomed to a restraining harness. Don’t let your dog stick his head out the window, he can be injured by particles of flying debris. If your dog doesn’t like riding in cars, consult your Vet about behaviour modification or medication that might reduce the stress of travel. It may be best to use a carrier to ensure you and your dog’s safety. Never leave your dog alone in a parked vehicle in warm weather as the temperature can rise quickly and cause heat stroke. A dog left alone in the car can also encourage theft from pet thieves (this has become all too common lately). Never put your dog in the boot of a car, the open bed of a pickup trick, or the storage area of a moving van. These places can cause injury to your dog in the case of a sudden stop.
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