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How to Successfully Plan A Move with A Pet

Charlotte Couple Packing Moving Boxes with their Jack Russel TerrierPet owners need to put time into extra planning and preparation because they need to think about their pets before doing what affects them. Such is the case when you move to a new Charlotte rental home! You also have to consider how moving can affect your pet. When you make the necessary arrangements, you can avoid stressing your pet when it’s time to move to a new home. Follow a few tips to make sure your pet adjusts well to a new home.

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. This will give you a general idea of the location of your new home, and what needs of your pet are accessible within the area. You could also check ahead of time for any potential problems the area might have. If you have a dog, for example, you’ll need to walk him around the neighborhood. Be on the lookout for unfriendly neighborhood dogs or other pets that are freely running loose. If you run into this kind of scenario while walking your pet, it could lead to problems.

On Moving Day

To make the transition smooth, make sure to have all the details set and clear on the day you and your pet make the move. Packing and moving will be stressful for you and your pet. Preparation can help avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety. Cats and dogs often become destructive once they’re anxious. 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. It would do you well to take some time to acclimate your pet to the imminent trip to their new home, especially if your pet has rarely been in a crate or vehicle. Have your pet familiarize itself with moving in and out of a crate, maybe months or weeks before the move. Use treats to help them form positive associations with the crate. To make the crate less threatening and more comfortable for your pet, you can also add a few blankets before hitting the road.

Coming Home

It would be wise to check the house one more time before releasing your pet to roam freely. Look for any hazards like open windows or poisonous houseplants! Once you’ve made the necessary checks and arrangements, you can then introduce your pet to the new home. Be sure to help your pet acclimate by offering encouragement and comfort. So that your pet acclimates faster, you can go out and explore the new neighborhood together. What this does is that it helps you and your pet become more familiar with the area, so that if your pet does escape or wander off, it can find its way back home.

It’s true that moving with a pet can be stressful, but following these tips can lead to a smoother and successful move to your new home. Are you in the market for a new pet-friendly rental home? Real Property Management Experts can help! Check out our great rental home listings in your area.

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