WE MOVE TO MADRID!
Tips when moving with dogs
We want to apologize because since the last post about Colette’s holidays on the floating houses, we haven’t updated the blog. The main reason: we were moving and Colette and I will be living in Madrid since the 1st October.
Taking advantage of this circumstance, in today’s post we want to talk you about the moving, because even if, unlike cats, dogs tend to be more attached to their owners than to their surroundings, it is always good to have some tips for before, during and after the moving for calming our Pomeranians down and make them less likely to suffer anxiety in this situation.
- BEFORE MOVING
Colette began to worry as soon as she saw the pile of boxes in the former house and the change in my activities and schedules for the preparation for the moving. During this period, it is important to pay much more attention to them and to try to spend more time with our dogs to prevent them from feeling unsure, even more if they are rescue dogs, because they could revive old traumas.
What would be ideal is take him/her for walks to the house and to the new neighborhood before moving, so he/she become familiar as soon as possible with his/her new territory and he/she can leave his/her scent. In my case, as I was moving from one city to another, it wasn’t possible.
It wasn’t our case either but if you move to another country, and to avoid unpleasant last minute surprises, check first if you need to meet some special requirements to move there with your dog, i.e. since pets must be in quarantine in some countries.
- DURING THE MOVING
To prevent your dog from going through a stressful experience, we recommend you to keep your dog away from all the chaos of the moving day, because the moving company employees will be going in and out the house and will be taking everything they find in “his/her” territory. Colette remained calm at her human-grandparents’ house 🙂
- AFTER THE MOVING
Before your dog reaches his/her new house, we recommend that you look over room by room checking if there is any possible danger, as for example frayed wires or packing material that he/she could eat or holes he/she could fall into.It’s also very useful to hide his/her favorite treats between the moving boxes and in the corners of the new house, so his/her first visit is full of pleasant sensations.
TIPS FOR ADAPTATION TO THE NEW DOG’S HOME
- Allow him/her to quietly explore the new house.
- Move his/her trough, water bowl and toys without washing them to the new home.
- Don’t change his/her bed.
- Keep your dog’s routine, daily walks and at the same hours, going the same way the first days and take the advantage to introduce him/her the new doggy neighbors in neutral territory, like the park for instance.
- Let him/her keep his/her favorite toy and some of your clothes, such as for example your pajamas, which is impregnated with your natural scent (not perfumes or deodorants), especially the first days that he/she remains home alone.
In short, moving is one of the most stressful situations for people, even if we can foresee it previously, so imagine how difficult it can be for our dogs. We hope these tips will help you. On our side, Colette and I are adapting to our new life, little by little, with some barking out of place… but all can be remedied with an extra dose of patience, care and affection ^_^
And you have you ever moved with your Pomeranians?
We´d love that you share your experience in the comments of this post.