Relocation With A Dog

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  • Published on Saturday, 21 July 2012
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Relocation With A Dog You have to move to a new place. But you also have a dog (or dogs), that is also relocating with you. Pay attention to some specific details of the process of moving out with a dog.

If you are a proud owner of a dog, you may think you know your four-legged fellow, but consider this: a relocation is stressful enough for people, but what about a dog that doesn't actually understand what is going on whit the world as it knows it?

Dogs react stressed at the noise and confusion during relocation. If you can leave the dog at a friend's for the duration of the moving, that would give the perfect simple solution of the problem. Just accommodate it there before moving day and get it back after you have moved in your new home.

If you don't have that option, you have to make sure your dog is well cared for during the move. Small dogs fit in a special pet transportation box. You have to make the bottom part of the box comfortable and soft by covering it with a piece of cloth or a blanket. Then you just put a bowl with fresh water and another bowl with dog food in the box. Eventually, don't forget to put the dog together with its favourite toy in the box and close it.

Place the pet transport box in a quiet place somewhere nearby, if this is outside - and obligatory in the shadows. Then take the box with your dog with you in the car or van you are using to get to your destination. Don't leave the box in the trunk or in the back of the car. Heat or cold are very dangerous for your dog. Have it directly by your side. After you get to your new residence, put the box at the possible quietest place, don't forget to check on the water and food in the bowls, and then go arrange the unloading of your items.

Bigger dogs don't fit in a pet transportation box. The big dog should be on the leash during the entire moving day. Bind the dog in a quiet place with enough water, food and toys within its reach. If possible, isolate it in a separate room and close the door, so the dog doesn't get overexcited by the strangers in the house and the overall chaos around. Have a family member or a friend, or best yourself, regularly check on the dog and take it for a walk at least once before you leave the old place.

Take the dog with you in your car. Don't let it ride with someone else. Once you get to your new residence, get the dog out of the car, walk it a little, and then bring it in an empty room. Again, make it have water, food and toys nearby.

As soon as most of the moving is done, take the dog for a longer walk. Than go back and arrange the place where your dog is going to sleep. Show that place to the dog. Make sure, that the dog cannot leave the residence by itself, and then unleash it. It needs to explore the new residence.

Find a vet in the area, and have the telephone number at a handy place. In the next days, take the dog out to meet the neighbors and their dogs. Don't leave it run unleashed for some time.

Additional advise: remember that dogs feel human emotions. The calmer you are during the relocation, the calmer your dog is going to be!

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