How To Make Moving Easier On An Anxious Dog

If your dog becomes anxious when her lifestyle or environment changes, you can expect moving to a new home to be a struggle. No matter what you do, it may take a week or two for your dog to calm down and feel comfortable in the new place. However, there are a few things you can do to make the moving process easier on your nervous pet.

Have the dog stay with a friend while everything is being packed up at your old place.

Seeing her home packed up and put into a truck can be very nerve-wrecking for your dog. If there is a friend with whom your dog feels comfortable, make plans for the dog to stay with that friend during the major moving. You can pack a few boxes and start organizing your things while your dog is still there, but make sure your dog is not present on the day that you (or a moving company) do the major packing and put everything into a truck.

Don't wash your dog's bedding or favorite items before the move.

Most people wash their sheets, pillows, and other linens before moving so they're fresh when the unpack them. You don't want to do the same to your dog's bedding. If you leave it unwashed, it will smell more like home when you move it into your new place, and this should bring your dog some comfort. Toys your dog often plays with should also be left unwashed. Don't replace her food bowls before the move, either. Eating out of familiar bowls will help your dog feel more at home in the new place.

Ask your vet about calming medications or treats.

Your vet may be able to give you a calming medication that will take the edge off for your dog on the day of the big move. If you notice your dog seems agitated the days after the move, you can probably administer the medication to help her settle in, too, but ask your vet before doing so. There are also many calming treats sold over-the-counter in the pet aisle, and it may be helpful to give these to your dog throughout the moving process.

By preventing your dog from witnessing the actual packing process, keeping her items dirty and smelling like home, and using calming medications or treats wisely, you can make the moving process easier on your canine companion. Be sure to inform your movers that your dog is nervous, so they can work with you to make the process easier, if need be. If you're looking for movers in your area, contact a.m.p.m. Movers.