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Moving? What About Your Dog?

JesseSchoff-unsplash.comMoving is always stressful for people -- but it can also be stressful for pets. A recent article in The New York Times, "How to Move When You Have Dogs and Cats," offers some good tips to make sure your dog can handle the move.

Writer Matthew Haag discusses preparing for the move, whether to drive or to fly, and how to help your pet acclimate to a new home. Two interesting points Haag makes about move preparation relate to the way you approach the move. First, he writes, "Set an example by staying calm," because dogs and cats can channel human stress. Second, he advises packing over several days instead of all at once to avoid making your pet anxious.

As for acclimating to a new home, Haag advises, "Unpack their belongings first and set them in an area of the house that can be all theirs," and "Introduce your dogs to the area with walks, allowing them to stop and sniff around the neighborhood."

Haag also shares a number of good tips for driving with dogs, including websites that can be helpful, and he provides a rundown of air travel rules and regulations.

If you're planning a move, this article is well worth reading. You can find it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/smarter-living/moving-with-pets-tips.html

Image: Jesse Schoff, unsplash.com

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