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How to Successfully Plan A Move with A Pet

Houston Couple Packing Moving Boxes with their Jack Russel TerrierWhen you’re a pet owner, you will most likely require more time to plan and prepare before doing certain things. As is the case when you move to a new Houston rental home. Moving can be stressful on humans, but the same can be said of pets, too! Making sure that your pet transitions well to a new home mean that you plan for it ahead of time. We’ve listed down a few life hacks for making your transition with your pet a smooth one!

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. A home with enough space for your pet is good, but you want to make sure that the area is also one that’s conducive for your pet’s life. You could also check ahead of time for any potential problems the area might have. If you have a dog, for example, you’ll need to walk him around the neighborhood. That walk might not be ideal if there are unfriendly neighborhood dogs or other pets running loose in the area. This might cause problems for your pet.

On Moving Day

Before packing and wrapping up, you have to have a solid plan for how you want to go about things with your pet. Packing and moving will be stressful for you and your pet. Preparation can help avoid unnecessary fear and anxiety. Cats and dogs can become quite difficult to manage if this happens. 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 be best to take some time to acclimate your pet to the nearing trip to their new home, especially if your pet has rarely been in a crate or vehicle. A pet can be made familiar with a crate weeks before the move so that it stays relatively comfortable throughout the process. Use treats to help them form positive associations with the crate. When it’s time to go, fill the crate with enough blankets to make your pet feel comfortable and snug.

Coming Home

Before finally allowing your pet to roam the new home, make sure there are no open windows or poisonous house plants, or any other hazard available to your pet.Once you’ve secured that, you can introduce your pet to the new home! Be sure to help your pet acclimate by offering encouragement and comfort. And, you could also make it a point to go out with your pet so that you can explore the new neighborhood. Doing this can help in familiarizing the new environment so that your pet can find its way home in case it escapes or wanders off.

It’s true that moving with a pet can be stressful, but following these tips can lead to a smoother and successful move to your new home. Are you in the market for a new pet-friendly rental home? Real Property Management Prestige can help! Check out our great rental home listings in your area.

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