Tips for Moving with Your Dog

The housing market in Phoenix is absolutely insane right now! So, you might be taking advantage of this big housing boom and selling. And if you're going to be selling, that means you've got to plan for a move. Moving with humans is one thing, but pets add an entirely different element to an already stressful situation. 

Here are some moving tips that will help you keep your paws all in line and help you and your pet relocate with minimal stress!

Drive when possible: For domestic moves driving in a car gives you the relief of knowing you can rush to your pet at a moment’s notice. Flying can be incredibly stressful for our pets as often they must be separated from owners during the flight.

Never transport your pet in a moving van: Always keep your pet in the passenger interior of a vehicle. Not only is there proper climate control and protection from shifting furniture but in case of an accident, the interior is designed to provide safety and protect everyone who is a passenger.

Professional pet movers can help: Exotic breeds and oversized dogs may need special attention when trying to move. This can be particularly useful for overseas moves and ensure your pet doesn’t endure too much stress in the process.

Collar tag and microchip updates: Make sure your pet’s microchip and/or collar tag have your new address and the most current contact information. NOTE: Shelters report that almost 60% of cases when they cannot return a microchipped pet to owners are due to incorrect contact information.

Keep vaccination and other medical records handy: This is especially important if traveling overseas. Regardless of where you are moving through, this information will help in case of an emergency as well.

Before your trip, work on crate and carrier acclimation: It is very important to begin the process of crate or carrier training weeks before your move. One trick is to place food inside the crate during feeding to help your pet develop a positive association with being inside.

Before your trip, introduce your pet to car rides: All dogs are different, some like car rides and some don’t. For those that have not spent much time in the car, particularly in their crate, start with spending time in the car (not moving) and in the crate, then progressively increase from short rides to long rides to help slowly build confidence.

Pack a doggy-kit: We recommend including water from your old home, all medical & vaccine records, their favorite toys and bedding, a leash and harness, treats and food, and especially cleaning supplies for any unforeseen accidents.

Travel on an empty stomach when possible: Your pup will likely be stressed no matter how much you prepare. Avoid feeding in the hours before you leave and make sure to take a “potty” break before departure to avoid any accidents.

When you arrive, set up a space for your dog: When settling into a new home, we all like to have familiar things that help us feel more comfortable. So does your dog! First thing when you arrive, set out a space that’s quiet where you can put your dog’s favorite things like his water bowl, food bowl, and favorite toys.


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