Tips to Move with your Dog ( Moving Experience )
What a week, you know what it’s like to have sore muscles and wouldn’t be heartbroken if you never see another box in your life. Lilly has been wondering what’s going on for the past 2 weeks, yesterday we did some moving and moved Lilly into the new house. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to keep Lilly calm while we are moving. Here are some ideas on how to keep your dog calm while you’re moving.
- Make sure before you put your dog into the car you let them do their business. If the trip to the other home is pretty long then make sure you stop every once in a while so that they can sniff and go to the bathroom.
- Blankets are good to have on the trip, give your dog their own blankets from home to help them feel safe and secure at the new house.
- Let them have some fresh air while they’re in the car, they will love it. Lilly decided that she wanted to put her whole head out the window, but even though other people do this with their dogs, I was scared if I rolled it down all the way she was going to spot something and try to jump out. I rolled the window down halfway but she still loved it, and it’s too funny to see a dog’s jaws roll in the wind ( even though its a drolly mess.)
- Once you arrive at your new house don’t force your dog inside, make sure it’s their decision. Lilly refused a few times, so I would just do laps with her, going on the porch and opening up the door then repeating. After the 4th time she entered the house, I praised her and gave her a treat to tell her good job.
- Let them sniff but keep a watchful eye, Lilly came into the house and put her little sniffer to the floor smelling everything, I let her sniff the whole house. If your dog’s tail is between their legs don’t worry they’re just scared, they will be watching you for direction, which is good because it’s a sign of trust that you and your dog have together and your dog is trusting you to keep them safe.
It will take some time and some patiences, some dogs are stubborn so if your dog doesn’t want to do something the first day don’t force them, just keep repeating it until they get it and then give him praise. I would be lying if I said moving with a dog wasn’t stressful because it is, but your dog will get used to it as long as you give them direction, boundaries, and show affection and praise when they do a good job.