If you’re planning to buy a new home and move and have a canine friend, you’ll want to plan in advance to make the move as easy on your dog as possible. Let’s face it, moving can be rough on a dog. They’re losing their territory and moving into a new one that -as far as they know- isn’t theirs yet. Plus, animals have an internal navigation system that gets all messed up from moving. So, try to take extra care that you keep a close eye on your furry friend during your move.
Travel With Your Dog If You Can
If at all possible, make the move with your dog. This will benefit your dog in multiple ways. Having his “pack” with him will be soothing, that should go without saying. The familiarity of you helps calm the nerves. Traveling in the vehicle with your dog will also allow you to care for them. Some dogs who are normally super chill, can get so uncharacteristically nervous that they will throw up or have accidents. If you are travelling with your dog, be sure to keep them leashed, so that you can grab the leash before you open the door of your vehicle. Dogs act unusually during moves. People have lost their beloved pets, even though the same animals would normally never dart off. You can even find special seat belts for dogs to keep them secure.
Have Your Dog’s Proof Of Rabies Vaccination On Hand
We can’t stress enough that dogs aren’t quite themselves during a move. Sometimes, even the calmest dog has nipped at the friendly hand of a stranger during times of high anxiety. Having your pet’s proof of rabies vaccination on your person can spare you difficulties should this unfortunate event occur, allowing you to avoid forced-isolation while you look for your dog’s veterinary records in a pile of moving boxes.
When You Move In
When you move in, it’s best to keep your dog on a leash, within a fence, or in your home for several weeks while their internal navigation system resets to the new location. Do take them for walks and show them their new territory, but don’t let them run free. Also, be certain, prior to the move, that you’ve updated contact information on the animal’s tags and microchip.
Learn how to get a dog licence in Indian River County from our previous blog post on the subject.
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