Moving is one of the most stressful events in life. A poll by One Stat reports that 45% of Americans say moving is by far the most stressful event in life. Animals have sharp instincts and can piggyback on that stress. When you’re prepping for a move it doesn’t take long for your pets to know things are changing. Your pets will notice the boxes on the floor and feel the tension in the air. Your home is their territory and their safe place. Moves are a lot harder on pets than we think. Too many people report loving, loyal pets acting out of character and dashing out the front door on moving day. Luckily, there are some things we can do to prevent the worst and ease their transition. If you’re relocating to Elizabethtown or moving within Elizabethtown this guide has all the information you’ll need for a stress-free moving day for your beloved furry friend.
Preparing for the move
1.Get them comfortable around moving supplies.
There’s nothing scary about a pile of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. But that doesn’t matter to your pets. Your animals will clock the mysterious new artifacts and can be easily alarmed by the change, especially when their things start disappearing into them. To ease this transition, pick up your supplies a few days before you plan to start packing. Your pets will be much more comfortable if they have a little time to adjust.
2. Keep their routine the same.
Long to-do lists can demand a change in routines. During moving days we often find ourselves staying up late cleaning out drawers or running last-minute errands. Despite this, try your best to keep your pets routine the same in the days before your move. Prioritize feeding times and walks. Shower them with extra pets, treats, and praise.
3. Talk to your vet
If your furry friend is prone to high anxiety, talk to your vet about safe ways to manage their stress. Medicine like Trazadone is a safe short-term option that can ease their stress levels on moving days. If a relocation to Elizabethtown requires a plane ride or road trip medication can be crucial for the journey’s success.
What to do with your pets on moving day
Give them lots of exercise and attention
If you’re able, start the day with a nice long walk or play session. A sleepy pet is a calm pet. Set them up for success by depleting some of their energy stores before it’s go-time.
2. Find a safe place for them
Trips back and forth to the moving truck mean that your doors will be left open. If you hire movers there will be strangers in the house, setting off all sorts of alarm bells for your pet. It can even be dangerous for the movers, depending on what breed of animal you have. There are too many opportunities for them to slip out of the house without notice. Drop them off at a trusted family member or friend’s house for the day if possible. Ideally, it should be somewhere they’ve spent time before and feel comfortable. Boarding them for the day is another great option. If all else fails, clear out a room for them in your home with their bed and toys. Put a sign on the door that the room should not be opened. Give them their space.
Settling into your new home
It will take both you and your pet some time to truly feel at home in your new place. Give yourselves some grace and ease your furry friends into the transition.
1. Introduce your pets to their new environment gradually
If you’re an E-town local moving to upgrade your space take advantage of the close location. After you get the keys to your new home, bring your pet over a few times before moving day. Walk them around your new neighborhood to get used to the sights and smells.
2. Establish a routine
Once you’re settled it’s important to get your pet back on their routine as soon as possible. Shower them with love and attention. Make sure they’re mentally and physically stimulated.
3. Surround them with familiar comforts
Do they have a favorite blanket or toy? Make sure that you pay special attention to where you’ve packed your pet’s belongings. Put these boxes in a special place like the front seat of your car where they won’t get lost in the piles. Ensure they have access to their most beloved belongings on their first night in your new home.
4. Introduce them to neighbors and other pets in the area
Within the first week, introduce yourself and your furry friends to your new neighbors. Let them know if they’re feeling a little anxious and fill them in on any quirks.
Exploring Pet-Friendly Activities in Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown is full of pet-friendly activities. If you are new in town, here are a few places you can socialize alongside your pet:
Elizabethtown Dog Parks:
Pet-friendly Parks and Trails in Elizabethtown:
- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
- Saunders Springs Nature Preserve
- Freeman Lake Running Trails
- Buffalo Lake Trail
- John Severns Trail
- Cave Spring Trailhead
- Greenbelt Trail
Make moving with pets stress-free
Moving takes a lot out of every member of the family. But whether you’re moving into your dream house or relocating to Elizabethtown from across the country, we know that the work it takes to get yourselves acclimated to your new space will be well worth it. If you need any extra advice during this transition, don’t hesitate to reach out to Collier Title. We’re always here to help.