5 Tips to Help You Move With Your Pet

Your pup is nervous. She knows something is up. Any time you move something big to the next room, she tries to get in front of your legs. Moving is hard. It’s probably harder for your pet.

We help you ease the frustrations involved with moving and dealing with your furriest family member. Below are five savvy tips for how to move with pets and how to make it a little easier for everyone.

We help you ease the frustrations involved with moving and dealing with your furriest family member.

1. Move Your Pet Last

Most tips for the best ways to move your pets incorporate keeping them comfortable and at ease. One of the best ways to do this is by moving them last. You can handle the bulk of moving first, and transition most of your items to the new home. But the one thing you definitely should keep for your final load is your pet.

2. Take Your Pet By Car

Possibly the best way to handle moving with your pet is to take them on the ride with you. For the drive over, you definitely want to have your pet beside you for the trip. Don’t try to get them out of the way early by putting them with a friend. Bring them by vehicle. Perhaps consider covering the crate with a blanket to mask the change and encourage your pet to relax.

3. Keep Your Pet (Somewhat) Near You

As long as they are near you in some capacity, they will be happy. While some choose to section their pet off for extended hours to get them “out of the action,” we recommend a more tactful approach. Perhaps you can keep a gate up in a room and keep the pet contained in the room for the time being. They can still see and hear you, but they aren’t running all about the home. If you do this in the new space, they can get acclimated to the one room before handling the entire house.

4. Stay Calm

We know that moving can be stressful, but your pet is picking up on that in a huge way. Many animals can pick up on emotions- not just dogs and cats. Keep yourself calm. Don’t open yourself up to a breakdown if you can’t find something important. You can try small tricks, such as emptying one room at a time, boxing all items up before the moving date, and labeling anything and everything.

Obviously, this approach helps you just as much as it helps your pet. Everyone can enjoy a much smoother move transition with some extra calm energy.

5. Give Consistent Attention

If your pet is scared, erratic, and confused, a little love and attention can go a long way. Go out of your way to encourage your pet with dedicated attention. Dogs, in particular, respond to certain actions and behaviors which settle them. You can apply a few of these techniques during the moving process. For example, dogs respond well to a rising of the eyebrows. Touching and saying their name is also extremely comforting.

Of course, we don’t need to tell you how to show some extra love to your pet! Just make sure you take a pause every once in a while and make your pet aware that you know they are there, you know they are special, and you are going to make sure they are okay.

Hopefully, the above ideas for what to do when you have to move your pets will help you make the transition just a little easier. We can help you through this difficult and demanding process. We can help with buying or selling, home maintenance, or points of interest in the area.