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Blog January 13, 2018

Moving With Your Dog

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It’s never easy moving with animals, whether you are moving down the block or long distance there is a lot that needs to be prepared. We would like to provide you with a few tips which we hope will help you with your move.

When leaving your old home

If you are renting then all that you have to worry about is cleaning up and some minor repairs in order to get your deposit back. If you are a homeowner, then it’s going to take a lot of work to keep the home clean for potential buyers and getting out of the way for viewings can be difficult when you have dogs. It’s important not to neglect your dogs as you are preparing for the move. Exercise like walks and similar will keep their energy down will make them less likely to engage in destructive and messy behavior and make them more cooperative if you have to leave home fast for a showing. Have everything you need to leave the house quickly in one location and know where you will go if someone calls in a last minute showing. A great idea is to schedule showings to be at the same time as you go out to walk your dog.

Restricting your dog’s access to parts of the house will help in keeping these parts of your home clean and ready in case someone wants to come over and look at the house. This can be accomplished by using doggy gates or be as simple as shutting the door to the room. Make sure your dogs are never left loose during a showing as they might frighten someone who isn’t used to them.

Finding a new home

When looking for a new place, the first thing you should look into is whether they accept dogs or not, so make sure you research the area or building online. Keep in mind that a lot of places will need you to provide proof of vaccination before they let your dog stay.  Next, find nearby dog-friendly locations, then think about where your dog is going to live in your new home. If your new home has a backyard, make sure that it is safe for your dogs, it should be fenced in, and there should be enough room for them to run and play. Take your dog around the block and make a note of all the animals in your neighborhood and think about how they will affect your daily routine.

Tips on packing and unpacking

Make sure that you pack your dog’s room last, that way she can stay there out of the way while the movers pack all the other rooms. It is important to keep calm as the move will be anxiety-inducing for your dog and will be more so if it senses that you are feeling stressed about it. See if you can get someone to take care of your dog while you pack. There will be a lot of people coming in and going out of your house, and that may distress your dog.