Moving can be one of the most stressful events in your life. Not only do you have an incredible to-do list to prepare for the move, but settling into your new surroundings can be just as hard. If you have pets at home, they can also feel the stress of these major life changes and you may notice unusual and rare behaviors from them. To make the move as simple and stress-free for both you and your pet, follow these tips.
Familiarize Your Pet with a Similar Environment
If you are moving across town or to a close location, walk your dog in the neighborhood you are moving to before you officially make the move. They can better adjust to the new surroundings and when the official move occurs, it won’t become such a drastic change. However, if this isn’t possible, find an environment that is similar to your new one such as busier streets or a neighborhood with many kids running around.
Move their Items Last
It is recommended when moving with young children that you pack your child’s toys last and those are the first items you pull out at your new home. For pets, it is similar. You want them to have many items that they love and feel comfortable using until the very end and when they first arrive at their new home. Think of their favorite toys, food dish, water bowl, a bone, etc. — just whatever makes them happiest.
Keep Your Pet Away
If possible, send your pet to stay with friends or family for a few days. This way, the chaotic pace of the move and the changes in the home setting won’t make them too upset. Additionally, aim to bring them to your new home after you have started to settle in and make sure all of your pet’s belongings are out and ready to go. This will help them more quickly adjust to their new space.
Remember when moving to update your pet’s information. While you may think your pet would never run away, you may be surprised at how the changes of a move can affect your animal.
If you are ready to make a move and find your dream home in Markham, contact real estate agent Martin MacFarlane today. He can help you find a home that you, your family, and your pet will love.