I am happy to report that moving with your dog doesn’t have to be a nightmarish experience after all. With a little bit of research, planning and patience #doubledoodledose you can pull it off without pulling your hair out…
With the sale of the house and our daughter’s wedding occurring simultaneously, I was spinning around in circles. I had to get it together or my dogs would need therapy by the time the moving truck arrived!
Here’s what I decided to do –
- Maintain a positive attitude no matter how tempting coming unglued looks.
- Everyday I strived to create a calm environment for the Boys. I was determined not to get anxious or overwhelmed.
- The Bonus? By focusing on their state of mind, I actually helped myself in the process. #helloIyanlaVanzant
- I declared war on sadness and worked very hard to smile through all the goodbyes. #thisworks
- I adopted their attitude –
Live life for the moment.
I believe this helped the day camp staff also as they posed for a group photo on their last day…
I did come close to a mini-breakdown at the very end. #Imhuman The tears almost rolled down my face as we drove out of the neighborhood for the last time. Harley gave me that “don’t you dare” look from the back seat and I straightened up my act real quick… #toughdoodlelove
There are plenty of online articles with helpful tips about moving with your dog. To be honest, some are “no brainers” but there were a few that I wouldn’t have thought about –
If you can, have some familiar toys and other stuff (like blankets) available and ready to pull out as soon as you reach your destination. I placed a couple of items in their overnight bag because I knew our house wouldn’t be ready as soon as we arrived. Jax loved his ball and Harley was happy to see his ducky.
If possible, allow yourself some time at home with your pet before you start your new job. We’ve been taking the Boys with us to run errands this week, and once we move into our new home, we will start leaving them (in small increments) allowing them to adjust and feel comfortable.
I also found a video from a moving company that mentions many valuable tips when moving with pets.
Once we’re settled –
- I will increase the length of our walks to acclimate them to their new surroundings
- Get back into a routine as quickly as possible
I am not a novice to moving. As a military family we’ve moved over a dozen times. However, moving with Harley & Jax has been anything but boring.
Jax has already made a new friend…
Well Harley is catching up with his beauty rest. Someone call Mattress Discounters – he’d make a great model…
If you’re about to make a move to a new place, here are a few of the links I found worthy to bookmark –
- 6 ways to help your dog settle into a new home
- How to move pets
- 10 tips for moving your dog
- Moving with your pet