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Colby is not my dog. He was adopted by Scott when he was only ten weeks old, and we didn’t meet until almost a year later. It makes me kinda sad that I never got to see this little puppy face in person:
If you are about to experience a move, take care of the animals that are moving with you. Despite Colby adjusting so well in the past, this experience has taught me that there is still always a need to take a few precautions if you or a friend are planning a move with pets:
- If it is possible, try to bring the dog to the new place before the moving day so that they can become familiar with their new surroundings. Let them explore, sniff, and mark the new territory so they have a sense that they have been there before.
- On the day itself, bring him over to the new place and play with him for a bit. Don’t just concentrate on getting straight to work; your dog needs to know that things are okay and that there is no cause for alarm.
- Bring over toys, beds, treats, etc. and set them up early so that they can find the things that make the place feel more like home. Show them where things are and let them get acquainted.
- Bottom line, try to keep things as normal as possible so that their routines are not interrupted. Pay them attention and give them affection so that the move is a positive experience.
- In my case, if you are moving only certain people from the old place to the new, have those that are not moving come over to the new place to maybe play with the dog to keep them occupied. Or at the very least, have them visit after the move is complete to reassure the dog that they have not been abandoned.
Have your pets ever experienced relocation anxiety? If so, what did you do to help? Feel free to add your own tips to the comments. No doubt, it just may make someone’s pet a happy camper in their new home.