Your pets understand a number of words. But, “Hey we are moving to a new house,” is something they can’t comprehend.
Here is a great checklist of how to move when you have a dog or cat. Matthew Haag runs down all the things you want to prepare for and precisely what to do to make the move as stress-free as possible for your dog and cat.
Derek Huntington, the president of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, said moves should be approached with a simple understanding: Pets are precious cargo.
“It’s about letting your pet know that you will keep things stable and under control, which allows him to worry less,” Kim Salerno, the president and founder of TripsWithPets.com says.
Preparation for the move:
- Find your inner Zen:
- Take it slow:
- Introduce the kennel:
- The big day:
He even goes over…
Driving or Flying
- Which is best?:
- Flying 101:
- There are risks:
- Driving 101:
- Hire a professional:
Finally, Matthew goes over Acclimating to the new home
Don’t give up now: You may feel relieved when you arrive at your home, but for your pets, it is a whole new world. There are sights, smells and sounds to discover. Unpack their belongings first and set them in an area of the house that can be all theirs. “A move is a big deal for your pet, especially if it’s accompanied by a long journey and an extended break from his usual routine,” Ms. Salerno said.
Explore the area: Introduce your dogs to the area with walks, allowing them to stop and sniff around the neighborhood. For anxious pets, keep them in their crates when you leave the house until you are comfortable allowing them to roam. Pets with separation anxiety may require extra attention.
“If your pet seems out of sorts, somewhat sad or uninterested in his new surroundings, simply give it some time,” Ms. Salerno said. “Chances are, he will eventually come around on his own terms.”
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Source: NY Times
Also see Shleppers, How to Move Happily with a dog