Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, as a Windsor Real estate agent, I have seen many clients move with their pets. Moving is stressful, but it is particularly more so when you are setting up a new home for your animals. It takes patience and compassion to adjust your pet to their new home. Here are a few tricks to make it easier for both of you:
1. Do Some Background Work: Before you even pack your boxes, plan in advance what you will need to do with your pet. For instance, find a veterinarian before you arrive to your new home. Make sure you bring your pet’s records so they are up to date on his vaccinations and rabies shots. If you are moving away from Windsor real estate to a large city and need a dog walker, do that prior to moving as well. Are you traveling long distance by car to your new home? Find pet friendly hotels. If you are flying, check with airlines on cost and availability. You will need to have proof that your pet’s shots are current.
2. Be Consistent: Make sure not to change the routine of your pet when you move from or to your Windsor real estate. Keep the same exercises, bathing and eating routines that you always have. If your pet wants to stay in its crate, then don’t force them to come out. For now, that is their security blanket. Once they look over their new surroundings, they will feel more comfortable in exploring.
3. Ease Slowly: Like anyone else, it takes time to get used to new surroundings. Introducing your pet to your new neighborhood should be done slowly. Of course, always have your dog on a leash and let them explore at their pace. Many pets are very timid while others will jump right in. Follow your pet’s lead.
4. Keep Away From Movers: If you pet must stay with you while you are busy with movers, make sure that you put a sign on your door reminding them you have a pet inside. Find a room that won’t be used much and stock with plenty of food, water and toys.
5. Pay Attention: This is particularly true for pets that are smaller and more sensitive to environmental changes, such as birds or reptiles. Keep in mind temperature changes, particularly if you are moving from one climate to another.
6. Be Patient: By giving your pet extra attention and lots of reassurance and patience during this time, it won’t take long before they are back to their usual self. Remember, if you are calm and accepting, your pet will follow your lead.
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