On the pain-in-the-butt-o-meter, moving from one house or location to another pretty much pins the needle to “Stop! Now!”
And for your pet it’s no walk in the park either. There are certain things you’re going to need to prepare for, so get ready by plotting out what types of dog training supplies, and toys you’re going to need. You need to arm yourself with this stuff almost as soon as you know you’re going to relocate.
You should have already done this, but if you’re moving into a rental or an apartment, make sure the place allows pets. If it doesn’t, really? You didn’t factor this in right-off-the bat? Inconceivable.
Anyway, since you’re reading this on the Intertubes, you’ll need to do some online research, too. Things you’re interested in learning are the leash laws, pet licensing and local pet ordinances. Best place to get this info? The humane society in the town where you and your pets are going.
Old Vet, New Vet
Make an appointment to meet with your old vet. Take your pet with you. Get a check-up and all necessary shots. Do this right away. Remember, it takes about 2-weeks for any vaccinations to kick-in.
Ask the doctor about relax medications and any dog training supplies you’ll need to re-direct the mutt’s behavior. Get copies of all of your canine’s medical records.
See if your soon-to-be ex-vet has any suggestions how you can find a new doctor for the dog at your next location. Line up an appointment before you move.
Head over to a big box pet store and get some new tags made. Make sure the jewelry includes the pet’s name, your name, the new address and your cell number.
You don’t want to be throwing everything in a box overnight. Do it over time to lessen the stress on your best friend.
Some folks have dogs that aren’t too nutsy when they get in a car. If your dog goes bat-crap crazy, whip on its dog training collar and take them for rides, often. Also, invest in a something like a vehicle pet barrier, pet car seats, a pet travel crate and a pet seat belt. So many animals get injured every year because their owners think the beast is made of rubber and will bounce all over the car if a crash occurs.
Are you traveling a long distance? Make sure the motel you’re staying at has a pet friendly policy.
On moving day, have your pal go to doggy day care while you’re hauling boxes out of the house. Maybe put them in a kennel overnight. This keeps the mutt from getting overexcited.
Once you arrive at the new locale, pick a room, snatch up all of their toys, give them a bowl of some dry food and a container of water. Close the door, leave them alone.
Lastly, make sure you have a current picture of your pets. If the unthinkable were to happen and they dart away, you now have a mug shot to show folks as you attempt to find the animals. Better yet, keep them in the crate until everything is secure.
Cook them a steak, grab some McDonald’s for yourself and settle into your new home. Don’t feed them too much. They’re still a tad torqued. But don’t eat what you didn’t parse-out to them. That’s their reward for being a good dog!