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Moving is so much work! It’s not just the packing and unpacking, of course, but the finer details such as address changes, changing utilities and updating your driver’s license. Fortunately, we have moving checklists online. But these resources tend to focus on humans, what about our furry VIPs? How can moving with dogs to a new home go more smoothly?
Here we will take a quick look at making moving with dogs easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.
If you’re still on the hunt, we’ve got some things to look for in your new home--also some words of warning!
Your pet feeling comfortable in their new home is essential to your mutual happiness. So be on the lookout for some important features:
Finding a place to rent or own which checks all the right boxes can be a challenge! Knowing what you are getting into makes for a smoother, easier move.
So you found a new habitation for you and your dog. How can you make moving with dogs stress-free? A little prep work goes a long way!
Here’s a dog moving checklist to guide you:
Traveling with a pet requires extra patience. More stops, water breaks, pauses for comfort and cuddles and walks might be included in your journey. But if you remember how stressful this might be for your pet, you can respond to stress with compassion and comfort each other.
Once you arrive, how do you quickly settle your dog into your new home? Fortunately, easing your fur baby into their new residence can go quickly!
For this orientation period, keep your dog leashed.
Start with a walk. Orient your dog to the new area. NOTE: Even if you did off-leash walks at your last home, plan to stick to leashed walks for at least one week, more likely for a few months.
Next, unpack familiar items. If your dog has a bed, a favorite rug, or liked to curl up next to you on the sofa, placing these items in your new space will provide familiarity quickly. Let him sniff items as they are unpacked.
Next, do a leashed walk around your new space. Allow your pet to sniff.
Once your pet feels a little more comfortable, make sure all the doors are closed and then let her explore off-leash. Sniffing in closets and crevices helps your dog understand this new space.
As you go through this new home orientation, don’t forget your pet CBD! CBD helps restore homeostasis, which is a biology term for all of the parts working together toward the whole. For your dog, homeostasis means more calm, less anxiety and uncertainty, and greater health--all things you want in your new living arrangements!
At Bad Dog CBD we have just what your good dog needs. Try a dose of Calming CBD Tincture before, during and after a move to help your fur babies. A little calm goes a long way toward making moving with dogs easier for you and them!