Moving to a new home with a dog? Get expert tips from MI-BOX moving and storage unit rentals.
Moving can be exciting and nerve-wracking for people; believe it or not, it’s quite the same for dogs. The difference is you know what’s going on, and your dog doesn’t.
Here at MI-BOX mobile storage unit rentals, we LOVE our pets, so we have prepared this article to give you tips on preparing a smooth transition for your furry best friend.
Every dog is different, and some may be more sensitive than others. They can acclimate to changes like a big move within a few weeks or a few months. The longer it takes, the more challenging it will be for humans, so getting a plan together is key.
Start With Slow Introductions
As mentioned above, dogs have no idea why their cozy and familiar home is being taken away and replaced. The best thing you can do to begin the acclimation process is to start slow. Bring in the moving boxes a couple months in advance, if possible. Some people have very different circumstances to work with, so just work with what you can.
Introducing the boxes and starting packing ahead of time allows a dog to become accustomed to small changes and scents, as opposed to packing everything a few days before the move and shocking your fuzzy pal.
If you can, try to walk your pup around the new neighbourhood a few times before the big day. This will help familiarize your dog, so the scents, sounds and visuals are familiar and won’t add to the potential anxiety.
Medical & Documentation
Updating records ahead of time is a great way to save yourself from potential headaches in the future. Here are a few things you should have ready to go before the big day:
- Address change at the vet or transfer medical documents
- City registration address change
- Update pet ID tags
- Make sure vaccinations are up to date in case you’ll need doggy daycare services
During the Move
We already know every pup is different, and some are more adventurous, while others prefer their structured routines. That being said, would your dog be ok showing up to the new house and hanging out while your belongings get moved in? Or would it be better to utilize a doggy daycare or a babysitter?
Whatever choice you end up going with, remember to pack medications, medical records (just in case), enough food, toys and snacks for the day. Another tip for easing the stress of the day is a natural calming chew or a calming spray from the pet store. Be sure to speak to your vet beforehand.
After the Move
As dogs are creatures of habit, it’s important to get back into a routine as soon as possible. Making sure your new home has a structured day will make your dog’s life much easier, so find dog parks in your new area as soon as possible.
Moreover, you may be able to soothe nerves by unpacking your pup’s items before unpacking yours since it will be a familiar scent in an unfamiliar place. It may even be beneficial to work from home or ask for some time off to help your fur baby adjust.
MI-BOX Can Help Make Your Move With Fido Even Smoother
The tips above are great basic suggestions to help make the transition as easy as possible for you and your pup. Did you know MI-BOX can assist you further? Here’s how!
Say goodbye to renting a giant moving truck and rushing to get the job done as fast as possible before the late charges kick in. Furthermore, never worry about paying a moving company a small fortune to do the work for you.
With MI-BOX mobile storage unit rentals, all you have to do is give us a call, stop by our facility, or click the link at the end of the article to get a quote. Just tell us which of our three convenient self-storage unit sizes you need, and one of our expert drivers will drop off your container and level it for a perfect step-in height.
You’ll have 24-hour access with zero security worries, as our units are built tough to protect your belongings from the harsh Albertan elements and even sneaky thieves. You can have your unit days, weeks, or months before your move, so you can work at your own pace while exposing your dog slowly to the changes.
Once you’re ready to have your unit sent to your new home, give us a call and tell us when and where and consider it done. If you’re not ready to send the storage container over yet, we’ve got you covered. We can place the portable unit in one of our clean and secure storage facilities until you need it.
Team Up With MI-BOX, Your Dog Will Thank You!
We understand moving can be a pain and extra challenging when our furry friends have no idea what’s going on. Let MI-BOX storage unit rentals make your move tailored to you and your pet’s needs.
Ready to have a stress-free doggy move? Click here to get your personalized quote!