Moving is so stressful and your dog picks up on it. To make sure your dog isn't as stressed as you are, planning is key. Last week, I wrote about tips on finding an apartment with a dog which you can check out here. Today, I want to share with you some tips on moving with a dog.
Pre Screen your New Home
The last thing you want is to lose your dog on the first day you move in. Before you move in, check out your place to make sure there aren't any broken windows or loose doors that will allow your dog to escape. Also, make sure there aren't random left overs from the previous tenants that can harm your dog. I had to get rid of several cleaning supplies that was leaking at my new place that could've harmed Pixie's paws. While you're at it, if you're moving far, I would pre screen a vet. Check out local 24 hour vets on yelp and program the phone number. You just never know and the more prepared you are, the less anxiety you should feel.
Secure a Safe Place for your Dog When Your Movers Arrive
I'm very lucky that I had my whole family to come help me move. I had Sheena aka Daisy's mom watch Pixie throughout our entire move while I physically moved stuff and made sure nothing was left behind. It made the move so much easier! If she wasn't there, I know Pixie would've followed the movers around and asked for belly rubs. Cute but very distracting and dangerous. If you don't have someone to watch over your dog and your move is local, I would recommend taking them to doggy daycare. If your move isn't local, there are great services like DogVacay that can babysit your dog while you pack. The last thing you want to worry about is losing your dog. Somehow losing your shampoo, totally your fault and nothing you can do about it.
Create a Home within the Home for your Dog
The moment I started packing, Pixie was extremely anxious and pacing in my room. I felt really bad and knew that the moment we got to your new place, she would need her "home." Pixie loves her bed and she's very particular about eating out of her food bowl so I put both in a quiet corner for her. As you can tell, it's very chaotic with all of my stuff but I made a small space for her within the chaos. She immediately begged for food and then relaxed in her bed which was very comforting for me as well.
Create your Dog's Essential Box and Pack it in your Car
If I forget something and can't find, it sucks but I'll be ok. If I forget something essential for Pixie, that will be a disaster. I created an essential box for Pixie and packed it in my car first so I was prepared for anything. I packed her food, treats, portable water bottle, her blankie, her medication, her medical records, poop bags, and paw wipes. I packed another box of my essentials as well which let me tell you was smaller than Pixie's box. Clearly she's the bigger diva.
I'm not a chill person. I'm always worried about what will happen and like to plan things throughly. However, the more anxiety I feel, the more anxious Pixie gets. So I tried VERY hard to be chill when my movers were 4 hours later than expected. Keyword : tried. Before the move, Pixie and I were both on edge. But once the movers arrived, it was a quick and successful move and I got to breathe deeply and let out a sigh. Pixie felt the change in attitude and she didn't do any pacing at the new place. She just ate and chilled. I know it's very hard to find the zen in you during a move but try to do it for you and your dog.
We celebrated our first night at our new apartment together with some pizza and beer and of course some netflix. I had pizza and beer and Pixie had some pizza puffs and water because she's still underaged. I'm so excited to explore new places with Pixie and can't wait to share it with all of you.