Moving Your Dog
Mans best friend! And as their best friend, it is important to understand how sensitive dogs can be, especially when they need to move from the comfort of their surroundings into the unfamiliar.
In addition to making sure you have everything in place to relocate your dog, such as paperwork, certificates, etc. creating a calm environment throughout the moving process is essential to their wellbeing.
As you would a young child, explain to your dog what is happening. Share the process that will be unfolding. If you have plenty of time to plan the move, communicate with your pal and let them know the upcoming plans. If you need to move on the spur, inform them what is happening and be present for your dog.
Dogs become anxious when there is over stimulation. Lots of noise, movement and things in the way can make a dog become nervous. If possible, there should be one person responsible for the dog throughout the moving process. This doesn’t mean others cannot continue caring for the dog, but one person should always “be there and guide” the dog.
Prior To Moving Day
In addition to a copy of your dog’s medical records, you will also need:
Keep your dog’s medical records with you during the duration of the relocation. Don’t pack them onto the truck if a moving company is transporting your personal belongings.
All states except four require dogs to have rabies inoculation. State and local laws usually require that the rabies tag be securely attached to the pet’s collar.
Moving day can be busy with constant traffic of movers wrapping and loading furniture and boxes onto the moving truck. The ideal situation for your dog would be out of the home, either at a daycare or with the pet sitter for the duration of time that the movers will be packing and loading. Alternately, have the dog in a room away from the main hub of moving. Check in on them regularly and place familiar items, along with food and fresh water.
Transporting Your Dog
Whether you decide to drive or fly your dog, understanding how to Travel Safely With Your Pet, along with preparations and planning, will make both yours and your dog’s journey easier, more comfortable and enjoyable.
Having a carrier or portable kennel could be one of the most useful items for your trip. It can become the dogs “home-away-from-home.” You can safely leave him in it, in the car, motel or hotel room.
If your dog is not used to car travel, take some short trips locally to accustom them to being in the car. If they will be using a carrier or kennel, have them spend some time inside while on your drives.
Begin teaching your dog car etiquette. They should know to sit or lie quietly in “their” place in the car. They should also be taught to keep their head inside the car. Their eyes can become sore from outside dust, grit and insects in the air. Their ears and throat can become inflamed by too much wind. They must also learn not to distract the driver and not to bark at passing vehicles or pedestrians.
Frequent breaks need to be taken while travelling with dogs. They should get out to stretch their legs and take bathroom breaks every four to six hours. If you will be driving long distance and staying in hotels, motels or other accommodations, make sure to book pet friendly dwellings in advance.
A leash must always be attached before opening the car door. Detach it once he is back in the car and the doors are closed.
Whenever you stop, take care to ensure doors are closed. Dogs are quick and could easily escape in excitement or wonder, and even though they may be tagged and micro chipped, could become lost where there is nothing but a fuel station.
If you need to leave your dog in the car, although not advised, park in the shade if in a hot climate. Open all the windows about an inch or two and leave them with water. Check on them regularly.
Clipping your dog’s nails before the beginning of the journey is a good idea. This will prevent damage to upholstery from any scratches.
Make sure identification and rabies tags are attached firmly to your dogs collar.
Pack a travel kit for your dog, along with some First Day Essentials.
If driving to your new destination isn’t an option, flying your dog is the next best thing. Although not the preferred way, ensuring your pets safety and comfort is imperative.
Your dog must have a suitable pet carrier. Airline requirements may differ, so it is vital that you ensure your carrier complies with the requirements of your chosen airline company. Your dogs name, your emergency contact information, and a recent photo must be attached to the pet carrier.
Please Note: The Animal Welfare Act prohibits air transportation of puppies that are less than eight weeks old, whether accompanied or unaccompanied. Flying may not be advisable for older dogs, dogs that are ill, or any dog that may become aggressive. If your dog is not used to being in an enclosed carrier, they should not travel by air. Some breeds, such as the brachycephalic breed of dog are banned from flying, due to the health risk to the dog.
If you decide to use a pet transporting company to assist you with moving your dog, make sure they are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Your dog should be properly insured while in their care. For the best care to your dog, look for pet transportation companies that specialize or have extensive experience with dogs and successful relocations.
Arriving To The New Home
Stay close to your dog and give them lots of love, attention, and their favorite treat. If possible wait to begin unpacking. Get your dog into a routine as soon as possible and when outside, keep them on a leash until they are familiar in their new environment. Soon enough, they will be making friends while you relax and commend yourself for getting your best buddy to your new home safely.