How to Plan a Stress-Free Move With Your Dog

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Moving is a complex process for all home buyers. When you’re a pet owner, it adds an additional layer of logistics to your transition. Not only do you need to worry about packing, transporting your belongings, unpacking, and helping your family get settled into your new home; you’ll also need to take extra precautions to keep your pet safe and secure in his new home.

Luckily, there are many ways you can ease the transition for your four-legged family members. If you’re a new homeowner, here are some tips on how to move with your beloved pet.

Moving With Your Dog

Moving with a pet such as a dog can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before or if you have multiple pets. First and foremost, your top concern should be safety for everyone involved. To ensure your pet’s safety during the move, you’ll want to start by keeping him out of the way during moving day. Consider hiring a dog walker, pet sitter, or a boarding kennel. If you’re unable to find or afford these options, keep your pet safely secured in a crate or a back room throughout the move.

If your pet is not already used to riding in vehicles or spending time in a travel carrier, don’t wait until moving day to introduce one. Start slowly introducing your pet to the kennel or travel carrier during the weeks leading up to your move. That way, your dog has time to get used to it and the experience will be less stressful.

If you’re moving long distance, you’ll need to research the best way to transport your pet to your new home. Certain breeds of dogs, such as pugs and Boston terriers, cannot safely fly long distances and are banned from many airlines, even if they are emotional-support animals. Although driving may not be ideal, it is sometimes the least risky alternative. If you do end up flying, check with your airline to ensure the breed is allowed and whether you’ll need any additional paperwork, such as proof of vaccinations.

Reducing Stress

Pets don’t understand moving and relocation the same way that we humans do. Understandably, the sudden change of scenery causes stress and confusion for our pets. To help them adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, the AARP recommends maintaining stability by not introducing any new toys, bedding, or other items shortly before or after the move. Instead, bring your pet’s existing toys and bedding so he can be comforted by familiar items that smell like home.

Fencing: DIY or Not?

If your new home has a yard that is not fenced in, installing a fence should be a top priority to keep your dog safe. It costs an average of $2,672 to install or build a fence. The size of your yard, the type of fencing needed, and a variety of other factors come into play when determining the price and difficulty of a fence installation. To get an accurate quote, it’s best to have a couple reputable and professional fence-installation companies visit your home to advise on how much your project might cost.

Although you may be tempted to install a fence yourself, this is typically not a DIY project. There are many complex considerations to worry about while you’re trying to move with pets. Hiring a professional to build your fence will take the stress off your shoulders so you can focus on other things—like unpacking and settling into your new home!

Moving with a dog doesn’t have to be rough. Many homeowners successfully relocate into new homes with their beloved dogs each and every day. By following the time-tested and proven methods listed above, you’ll be able to reduce stress and ease the transition into a new home for everyone involved.

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