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How to Successfully Plan A Move with A Pet

Snellville Couple Packing Moving Boxes with their Jack Russel TerrierPet owners will agree that having pets will require additional planning and preparation. Like for example, moving to a new Snellville rental home. Please take time to think about how your move can also be a stressful experience for your pet. So that your pet transitions into the new home well, make sure you plan every detail. 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. 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. While walking, be on the lookout for any potential problems you might encounter in the area.Like walking your dog around the neighborhood, for example. 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. Because packing and moving can cause fear and anxiety, it’s best to have all the details mapped out for you and your pet. Cats and dogs will often resort to cowering or being harmful. 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. Get your pet comfortable with moving in and out of a crate, even before the move happens. 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

When you arrive at your new home, do a final round of checking for any potential pet hazards like open windows or poisonous houseplants. When you finish checking and maybe even settle yourself down, you can then introduce your pet to the 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. This will also allow your pet to familiarize itself with the area so that it can find its own way home should it escape or wander off.

Yes, moving with a pet comes with challenges, but with these simple steps, you can make that move to a new home a successful one. Are you in the market for a new pet-friendly rental home? Real Property Management Citywide can help! Check out our great rental home listings in your area.

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