One of the most stressful times in life is moving house. Studies have placed relocating among such events as divorce. It can be that bad. No one in the family is spared from the ordeal and although you cannot see it, shifting can also be a really stressful time for your four-legged friends, too. What makes it worse is that the dogs do not know what is going on. What can you do to make sure that your dogs do not get too stressed out during your move?
On moving day, limit them to one room
On moving day, confine the dogs to one room. This is for their own good as you will keep them from the upsetting chaos that follows as the movers turn the house upside down. The strange people (if you will be using movers) moving around the house can be alarming to your dogs. Couple that with all the loud noises and you have the perfect brew for a stressed-out anxious animal.
But confining the dogs to one room is also a safety measure. Imagine the dogs attacking the movers while they carry your most expensive TV set. That would result in loss and possibly injury. Just make sure the room has all the water and food the dogs might need and check on them in case they would like to answer nature’s call
Make Sure you have all the vet records transferred
If your dog has a known health problem that requires constant medication, make sure you get all of its medication restocked before removing. You should also ensure that you get all the dog’s vet records from your old one to the new professional. This has to be done way ahead of moving day.
In your new home
Once you’re in your new home, the dogs will be in a totally strange place and it won’t understand why. It is extremely stressful for the dogs to leave its comfortable, well-known zone and into unfamiliar places. For this reason, make sure you introduce the dogs to its new environment slowly. Confine it to one or two rooms at first until it begins to see the room as its safe space.