Fido's Moving Fiasco | Tips To Keep Your Dog Sane During A Move

Through your eyes, moving is a major undertaking, involving packing, professional movers, and a lot of extra work. But if you stop and think for a minute what moving must look like through the eyes of your pooch, it is understandable why moving with your dog should mean some extra though and consideration. After all, to your dog, you are getting rid of all of the familiar household belongings, allowing strange people into the house, and likely running back and forth like you are in distress. If you want to make moving Fido a a lot less dramatic, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind. 

1. Pay a Quick Visit to the Vet - The first thing you should do before loading your pup into the car for a big move is make sure that he is healthy enough for the trip. Some dogs do not enjoy riding in cars and can get over-excited or stressed when you try. Plus, a vet may be able to prescribe a mild sedative to help your dog cope with a long car trip if you are moving a long distance. 

2. Keep Fido in the Dark (slightly) - With all of the chaos in the house, not to mention professional movers who are just strangers to your dog, it may be a good idea to shield your dog from seeing everything that is going on. Fix him a room away from the commotion with a few of his favorite things, water, and food. Place a sign on the door so the movers know that that particular room is off limits. 

3. Designate a Special Doggy Care Box - Before you start giving instructions and helping to load the moving truck, take a few minutes to assemble a care package for your pooch. Include the necessities, like food, feeding trays, favorite toys, and medications. Add a few special treats to use as a distraction if your pet gets a little worked up upon arrival at the new place. 

4. Introduce the New Home Early - It is not really a good idea to just show up one day at the new house and expect your dog to be perfectly fine with the immediate change in residence. If at all possible, try taking your dog to the new house at least a few times before moving day. 

If you love your dog, the last thing you want to do is to see him under any kind of stress. Talk to a representative from a professional moving company such as Canadian Van Line to learn more.