Moving with Pets Guide: Deal Delicately With Your Dog


Dogs grow very attached to their homes. Some dogs may take moving in stride but others find it very difficult and stressful. There are certain precautions you can take to help you and your pet make a smoother transition. Here are a few tips.

Leaving your old home:
Keep your dog comfortable with the presence of familiar things. Wait until the last moment until you pack your dog’s toys, bedding and other equipment. You can prevent travel sickness on long trips by not feeding your dog 12 hours before the journey. If your pet has a history of travel sickness, ask your veterinary surgeon about medication.

Traveling by air:
If you plan to fly with your dog, try and book a direct flight. Your dog will most likely have to be transported as freight. A connecting flight may result in your dog sitting out in hot or cold weather as the freight is boarded to the new flight.

If your dog is small enough he may be able to travel in the passenger cabin with you. Your dog will need a special carrier to travel in the cabin. The airlines will be able to provide you with details on the cage specification. You should be able to purchase the carrier at a local pet sore. Make sure to check with your airline before traveling with a dog or any pet. Each airline will have different regulations.

Traveling by car:
Taking your dog in the car may be easier than flying, but there are some important safety precautions you should remember. First of all, you should never leave your pet alone in a car, especially in hot weather. The temperature can quickly rise to an unbearable level. Another common mistake is allowing your dog to hang his head out the window. This can cause sore eyes, ears and throat. Your dog will thank you later.

If your dogs are skittish in the car you might want to fasten their leashes, limiting their mobility, so they do not impair your driving. Remember to have your dog’s nails cut prior to the road trip so the car’s upholstery is not damaged. Finally, make sure to carry an adequate supply of plastic bags and use them to clean up after your pet at any rest stops.

Arrival at new home:
Start to establish your dog’s routine of eating and exercise as soon as you arrive at your destination. If you have moved from a house with a yard to an apartment building, your dog may need some extra care. Bring your dog out more until he gets used to his new living situation. More frequent walks will probably be a necessity. Allow for 'accidents' on the carpet. Making a fuss or punishing your pooch may make the problem worse. Instead, praise your dog when he goes to the bathroom in the correct place. Once your dog has adjusted to the new surroundings the accidents should stop.

It will be important to make a comfortable sleeping area for your dog. This will help him settle in quicker. If the new home has a yard, make sure to check the fencing before letting the dog roam free. The fencing should be secure, of a sufficient height and 'hole-free.' Take your dog out on a leash until you are able to repair a broken fence.