Tips for Moving with Your Pet, Part One

If you haven’t noticed by now, Colorado Springs is a very pet-friendly city. Most restaurants, specifically in Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs, allow dogs on the patio (and some even let them inside). Water bowls and leash hook-ups are also a common sight when strolling downtown in the warmer months – people in Colorado love their dogs!
For those of you moving to or from Colorado Springs with dogs this year, we have put together a few tips on how to safely move with your pet. As moving can be quite a stressful event for animals, here are a few important things to remember:

1. Put Your Dog Elsewhere During the Move

Because packing and moving your house can be a busy, noisy, and chaotic event, consider keeping your dog away from the action. Not only can the move be very stressful for your pet, but it can also be dangerous because your dog may get in the way (this would be terrible while moving heavy pieces of furniture). Or even worse, your pet may try to escape since packing and moving can be very confusing. Instead, book a session at doggie daycare or leave your dog with a trusted friend. If neither of these work, opt for keeping your dog safe and secluded during the move, either in his or her kennel or a quiet space in your home.

2. Pack a Dog Bag

Because things can get accidentally packed away (especially if you are enlisting the help of friends, family, or profession movers), make sure to gather all of your dog’s necessities before the day of the move and create a dog bag. These items may include your dog’s leash, water bowls, toys, and any necessary medications. You should also make sure your dog’s bed and kennel are separated from anything that will be packed and loaded onto the moving truck.

3. Maintain Your Dog’s Routine

On moving day, try your best to maintain your dog’s routine. This will help to reduce your dog’s stress and anxiety your once the movers arrive. Keep a consistent feeding schedule. And if your pet gets a walk in the morning, we recommend keeping with your routine.
Stay tuned for part two of the blog, where we discuss tips for introducing your dog to your new home!