Moving can be stressful on the whole family, including your pets. During this time there is shuffling, cleaning, people in and out of the home, and more that can disrupt the daily life of your pets. To help keep transitioning into your new home as stress-free as possible for your furry friends, here are a few tips to keep them happy for a low-anxiety move.
Start Getting Them Used to the Shuffle
There will be a lot of new boxes, movers and noise as you prepare for your move. Introduce your pets to the shuffle of moving early so they can relax while your movers pack up. Start slowly by introducing them to noises, boxes and other foreign items so they are ready for busy time.
Introduce Them to Their During-Move Accommodations
Get your pets comfortable with their crate before your trip to ensure they have a smooth transition to your new space. Take it out, leave it open, leave treats inside, and praise when they go near or into their crate. If you will be boarding your pet during your move, visit the facility and take your pet prior to get used to the kennels so it is a familiar territory.
Don’t Forget to Pack Their Box
Make sure to pack a moving box that is easily accessible with their food, treats, toys and any medication that may be needed during your new-home transition.
Consider Doggy Day Care for Moving Day
When moving day arrives, consider taking your pet to a local doggy daycare facility for the day or over to a trusted friend’s house for a play date. With your pet away for the day, it will help ease the anxiety of strangers and open doors in your home during the move. You will know your pet is safe and not have to worry about their whereabouts with the moving chaos.
…Or Consider Giving Them Their Own Room
If sending your dog or pet to a kennel or other location isn’t feasible, give them their own room to stay during the moving process. You will feel relieved knowing they are in one spot in the house and they will feel comfortable knowing they have their own domain. Put their crate, toys, food and water in their designated area and shut the door or block opening with a gate.
Beware of Stranger Danger
There will be people wearing uniforms entering and exiting your home frequently during your move. If your pets are not accustom to many visitors or uniformed employees, keep them in a safe zone while movers are present so they are not scared or reactive to protecting the house.
When You Arrive at Your New Home
It will be exciting once you are finally settling into your new home. Remember that it will be very new for your pets as well, so resist the urge to let them run all over the new house at first. It is best to keep them confined to one room and slowly acclimate them to the rest of the house over time. Let them explore one room at a time, keeping other doors shut to prevent hiding or destructive behavior.
When you are ready to sell or buy a home, a RE/MAX River Cities agent can help you determine the next steps toward completing your goal as stress-free as possible for your family and your pets. The professional guidance provided by your RE/MAX River Cities agent will make the home-buying process enjoyable and efficient.