Moving day is coming, and we’ve been putting a lot of focus on the girls, but when it comes to pets (especially our pup), they can be totally overlooked. Week 35 #52WeeksA4A challenge is about an animal this week, so I’m focusing on Carter Jay!
5 Ways to Ease a Move with your Dog
1. Go to your new neighborhood and walk around with your BFF. We love exploring the street and waving at neighbors, but more importantly, he’s gotten the opportunity to smell, mark and play. While we do not want to go onto the property, we have walked by it a few times- hoping he gets used to it. Doing this more than once has helped him get used to the walks he will be taking.
2. Make him his own place to be in your new home. We are going to set up Carter’s crate with his toys and bed and let him go in and out as he wants. While he is no longer crated at our current home, giving him a place that is all his in his own corner will give him a respite from the excitement.
3. Bring water from your current home. Sounds strange, but water in different cities can be different. We are bringing a few gallons of our current tap water to fill his bowls with some from the new house and some from the old house to help his system acclimate. It is a similar method to how to change your dog’s food. (Be sure you have enough food at your new house: FREE Shipping on $49- Includes Dog & Cat food)
4. Housewarming gifts for Fido. We are choosing a new toy for Carter that he will only get in our new home. We are hoping he will be so distracted by it that it will help him relax and settle in to chew! Adding some frozen peanut butter or a few bananas will help keep him occupied if he decides a new toy isn’t enough, right?
5. Pamper him before you bring him home. Just like the first time you brought your dog home, this will be a whole new experience. Start it off right for him and the family with a clean pet! Carter will be heading to the groomer at Petco for a bath, trim, ear cleaning and nail clipping so when he comes home he will be all fresh and clean, and any stress shedding will be lessened. The time he is being pampered will also give us time to close on both of our houses and grab something to eat without worrying and moving our boy from place to place.
Don’t forget to update your vet to your new address, as well as ask if there are any other preventative measures you can take for your pet based on location. For us, moving closer to the woods, we need to be more proactive with checking for ticks (yikes!). Share your pet moving tips below, and don’t forget to link up your post this week!
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