Tips For Successfully Dealing With Your Family Dog During A Move

One of the benefits of hiring a moving company (such as Wheaton World Wide Moving) for your upcoming household move is that the crew can take care of the labor-intensive tasks while you handle a broad assortment of other duties. Among these tasks is taking care of your family dog and ensuring that the moving day passes with as little stress as possible for your pet. While it's ideal to think about dropping off your dog at a family member's house for the day, this isn't always possible. If you're planning to have your dog at your home while it's being packed up, here are a number of tips for making this period as easy as possible for the animal. 

Give The Pet A Safe Place

Your dog might be used to freely roaming the house and yard, but with a crew of movers carrying items throughout your space, it's important to prevent your dog from being underfoot and in the way. Many dogs will pace nervously at the obvious changes around them, but you can alleviate some of this anxiety by ensuring that your dog has a safe place to call its own, even as the house is being packed up. Set your dog's bed or crate with a few toys in a specific area that is as out of the way as possible; your dog will know this space belongs to it and retreat to the area for comfort.

Try To Incorporate A Walk

Taking the dog for a walk is one of the best ways to alleviate anxiety, so try to make this job a priority on moving day. If you don't think you'll have time to handle the task yourself, assign the job to one of your children. In some cases, you could opt to have a neighbor walk the dog, provided the dog knows the neighbor and will not experience an increase in anxiety with him or her.

Establish Some Familiarity In The New House

Try to unpack your dog's bed or crate as soon as possible upon arriving at your new house. When you let your dog inside, it will often want to investigate as many rooms as possible and spend a considerable amount of time sniffing the new surroundings. Despite the changes in these surroundings, you can establish a degree of familiarity by placing the dog's bed or crate, along with some toys and bowls of water and food, in a designated area, such as the family room. Even though the scene will look different, the dog can experience a reduction in anxiety upon realizing that its personal items are now in the new home.