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How to Move With Dogs Without Stressing Them Out

wp march 26 2020

Abby, “Mom, I think that’s your glove!”

In January we moved from MA to Maryland, and to say that Abby was excited about our move would be an understatement.  She loved “inspecting” the boxes we were putting together to pack our things; she dashed between Cynthia and yours truly as if to “help” us pack; she watched Cynthia like a hawk while she taped the boxes; and when she was tired she’d take a nap near one of us or go to bed.

wp march 26 20202

Abby, “Aha!  I told you this was your glove mom.”

Abby seems to enjoy moving, but she is the exception rather than the rule.  Because dogs enjoy having a routine, moving could be stressful for them so I’d recommend the following:

  • Walk/run your dog at least once a day.  Exercise is paramount at this time
  • On moving day, make sure that your dog is in her crate while things are being loaded to a truck/car
  • Once you get to your new place – assuming you took her for a long walk/run in the morning – put on her collar and leash and walk with her through the entire house
  • Afterwards, put her in her crate while your things are being unloaded
  • Take her out of the crate once unloading is done, but limit where she could go and explore for the first week or so

Dogs love routine, but if you plan ahead of time perhaps moving doesn’t have to be very stressful for your canine companion and you.  How did your dog(s) do on your last move?

Boston Bound Family/Pack

We are what?  I am afraid.  Hold me mom!

We are what? I am afraid. Hold me mom!

Cynthia received a nice offer for a new job in Boston, MA so we’ll be moving within the next couple of weeks.  Bella, our almost 4 year old pit mix, has never moved with us, therefore her reaction on the above picture is understandable, right?

We are moving?  Yeah!!

We are moving? Yeah!!

Alex, on the other hand, has moved with us several times when Cynthia was in the military so she is used to it.  I am hoping that Bella eventually feels the same way.

I may, or may not, be able to blog on a regular basis.  I will try though.  Why?  Misery loves company.  But seriously, it is a way to show, I hope, other pet parents how crazy a move to a new city can be specially if you have two furry kids: Alex the laid back pittie; and Bella the superenergetic one.

I am going to miss all the dogs that vacationed with us, and their amazing pet parents, therefore to all of you who trusted us with your furry kids I’d like to say on behalf of Cynthia, Alex, and Bella, thanks a million for everything and we wish you much love, health, prosperity and peace.