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How to move your dog to a new home

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Knowing how to move your dog to a new home requires some advance planning

You are moving to a new house, miles away. You have attended to each and every detail and think you have it under control; however, your biggest concern is how to move your dog to the new home and how to help him adapt once you get there.

Know in advance, this is going to be stressful on your canine. The actual move may be a hardship causing anxiety and acclimating to new surroundings is going to take some time.

If possible, pack incrementally rather than all at once. Doing this helps maintain the pet's regular schedule and cuts down on anxiety. Purchase a crate or kennel if you don't already have one and introduce the animal to it well in advance of the move. It is advised the animal's nails be clipped before staying in or traveling in a carrier unit. You don't want him to get his nails hooked in crevices or in the door. Canines usually travel quite contentedly in a carrier.

While in transit

When you are in the actual process of moving, keep the pet contained and away from the moving personnel. All the hubbub may frighten the animal.

Does your pet have proper identification? Make sure it does before embarking on your journey. You don't want your pet missing somewhere along the route. Always carry a picture of the animal in the event it gets lost.

Canines love to stick their heads out of open car windows when traveling but this can be dangerous. The animal can get injured by flying debris.

Some pets fair well in a restraining harness while traveling. Try this out in advance and see if the animal likes it.

Do not leave your canine in a hot car while you go into a restaurant or store. The animal can suffer from heat stroke. Additionally, pets are sometimes taken out of parked vehicles by pet thieves. Do not put the animal in the open bed of a pick-up truck or in the trunk of the car or in the moving van storage area.

Most veterinarians advise not transporting your canine by air if you can avoid. If you can't, ask a lot of questions before agreeing to this. Some airlines allow small canines to be taken into the cabin, but you will pay an extra fee.

At your new home

When you get to your new place the animal will need to explore. It will sniff and mark its territory. If a pet is going from a rural setting to an urban area it needs to adapt to traffic and the sound of it. This may take some time.

Pets are generally more attached to their human parents than to the house they live in. As long as the animal is with you, it is going to be fine. However, make the adjustment easier by surrounding the dog with the bed it is accustomed to and its toys and be generous with treat-giving at first so the animal feels secure.

When you are in your new home, release the animal from his carrier as soon as possible. Play with your pet, assuring it everything is okay. Give the dog a treat.

Set up the animal's familiar belongings. Let your pooch smell and explore and get used to the new place.

Take your canine out for a walk and introduce it to the neighbors and to the other dogs in the neighborhood. This is a good opportunity for you to meet them as well. Walk the pet around the new neighborhood, always keeping it on leash.

Find a vet in your new location. Perhaps the neighbors can recommend one.

As with humans, it may time time for the animal to adjust but as long as the animal's human family is present and recognizes the pet is going through a major transition, the animal will adapt and get used to its new digs in no time flat.

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