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Transitioning To A New Home With Your Beloved Dog

By Shantell Lorraine Nicole Russell   |  June 18, 2015

Make moving with a furry friend easier by properly preparing. When you adopt a dog, he or she immediately becomes an integral part of your family. Moving to a new home requires you to consider your pup's needs in addition to your own. Keep your furry friend in mind when deciding on a new place to live. Make your plans in advance to make your new house a new home for everyone in the family.

Keep the pup in mind when browsing properties
According to, you should consider a number of pet-friendly factors before investing in a new home. Ask about homeowners association rules and increase your familiarity with city ordinances and laws regarding pets in potential new neighborhoods. This information can impact whether a new house is a good fit for you and your pet.

Take a stroll through the local area to get a feel for the neighborhood. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommended observing the temperament and treatment of neighboring dogs. Also look for trails and parks that you and your pal can enjoy together. If there is a dog-friendly area close to your potential new home, that can serve as an additional bonus.

Consider having a designated space for your dog when you move to a new home. Find a place to keep his or her bed where he or she can sneak away from the hubbub of moving and get some privacy. Look for extra bedrooms or office space that can also serve as a special spot for your canine-friend.

Plan ahead for your big move
Preparing your pup for moving to a new home is crucial. You want to ensure he or she is comfortable during the changes. PETCO recommended sticking to your dog's normal routine as much as possible.

If you plan to have your pet travel in a pet carrier and he or she is not familiar with it, give your dog adequate time to get used to the crate. Allow him or her to sleep in it with the door open if he or she would like or take your pet for short trips inside the carrier to familiarize him or her with it.

Consider steps to take before making travel plans
Road trips can be difficult for pets. In addition to ensuring that your dog is properly acclimated to a traveling crate to make the trip easier for everyone, ASPCA also noted that keeping your furry friend safe during the trip in your vehicle is crucial. Consider investing in dog seat belts if you your pet does not like riding in a carrier.

Check that you have plenty of food and water for your pet. Also ensure you bring along any favorite toys or snacks to help make the trip more enjoyable.

In addition, you must discuss moving with your veterinarian. Ensure your dog is healthy enough to handle the type of transportation necessary for your move. If your pet becomes stressed when in the car or experiences motion sickness, speak with your vet about medication with your dog that can help alleviate some of the symptoms. You may also need to acclimate your pup to the car if they are especially nervous during trips. Consider incorporating a few exercises into your dog's daily routine and help the animal develop positive associations with your vehicle.

If your trip requires a few days of driving, call various hotels and find an establishment that welcomes four-legged guests as well.

Traveling to a farther destination may require flight. Call your preferred airline ahead of time and ask about traveling with a pet. Ensure that the cargo hold features temperature control and is properly pressurized.

Make your pet feel at home  
As soon as you arrive to your new house, spend time with your dog. Consider heading to the house before movers arrive and the hustle and bustle of getting all of your belongings inside commences. Play with a fun toy and get him or her used to the space. You want to ensure he or she realizes that while some things have changed, your love and affection has not.

To help with the transition, AARP recommends keeping scheduling and activities as normal as possible. If you normally go for long walks or runs with your dog on Sundays, continue the tradition in your new home as well.

It is crucial to make sure your pet feels comfortable in the new space. If a pet is nervous or unsure about his or her adjusted environment, he or she may become worried and exhibit stressful behavior. Excessive barking, chewing or insecurity may keep you and your dog from enjoying your lives in a new home.

Moving to a new house can be exciting and scary. Ensure that you properly prepare so you can experience a smooth transition into a new property with your precious pup.

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