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How to Successfully Plan A Move with A Pet

Harrison Couple Packing Moving Boxes with their Jack Russel TerrierWhen you’re a pet owner, you have to consider your pets when planning and preparing for something. As is the case when you move to a new Harrison rental home. It does not matter where you choose to go, moving can be very disorienting for pets. However, it is possible for your pet to adjust well to a new home, provided you plan for it ahead of time. Here’s what you can do to ensure a smooth relocation for you and your pet.

Walk the Neighborhood

If your move is taking you to a new area, it’s important to get a sense of how pet-friendly your new neighborhood will be. A home with enough space for your pet is good, but you want to make sure that the area is also one that’s conducive for your pet’s life. Doing this will also give you the chance to scout out potential problems in the area. Such as walking around the neighborhood if you have a dog. That walk might not be ideal if there are unfriendly neighborhood dogs or other pets running loose in the area. This might cause problems for your pet.

On Moving Day

When it’s time to pack things up and leave for the new home, it’s essential that you know exactly what to do for you and your pet’s move. Don’t let the packing and moving cause fear and anxiety in your or your pet. Cats and dogs can become quite difficult to manage if this happens. To keep their anxiety low, plan to put your pet in a secluded, quiet area like an unused room or yard. You might even think about boarding your pet or having a friend take them to a different location to keep them away from the hustle and bustle of moving day.

Transporting Your Pet

Your pet is also moving to a new home, right along with you and your furniture. An excellent thought is to take some time to acclimate your pet to the approaching trip to their new home, especially if your pet has rarely been in a crate or vehicle. You can get your pet to be comfortable with a crate by letting it move in and out of it, ideally a few weeks before the move. Use treats to help them form positive associations with the crate. Before leaving, make sure to put blankets in the crate, enough for your pet to feel comfortable, lessening anxiety and stress.

Coming Home

Open windows, poisonous houseplants — these are just a few hazards that your pet might run into. So, make sure you do one final check before allowing your pet to run around freely in the new home. After you secure your pet’s safety, you can introduce them to their new home! Be sure to help your pet acclimate by offering encouragement and comfort. One way of helping your pet acclimate is to explore the new neighborhood with them by simply walking around. Doing so can really help your pet familiarize itself with the area so that it can find its way back home if they escape or wander off.

Moving, especially with a pet, can be challenging. But, with just these few tips, moving into your new home can be very manageable. Are you in the market for a new pet-friendly rental home? Real Property Management DePenn can help! Check out our great rental home listings in your area.

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