How to Help Your Chihuahua Adapt to Moving to a New Home

If you are considering moving home, or have to move for work, and are worried about how the move will affect your Chihuahua this article should help you.

In the hustle and bustle of moving to your new home, it’s important to remember to take time and prepare your Chi for the move. Your furry friend can pick up on the stress and chaos often associated with moving, leading to a variety of problems that can be avoided with a little bit of planning and preparation.

Here are some tips for moving to a new home with your Chi, to help them feel perfectly calm and ruff-laxed before, during and after the move.

Before You Move

Update Your Chi’s ID Tag and Microchip Information
Include your new address, phone number, and updated rabies tag. Be sure the collar that the tags are on is well-fitting and secure so that they don’t slip out of it in a moment of panic.

Even if your Chi is microchipped, it’s important for them to wear a collar, if possible. If they do get loose during the move or in your new neighborhood, this puts your contact details immediately in the fingertips of whomever finds them.

Organize Your Chi’s Vet Records
If you’re moving to a new city which will require finding a new veterinarian, be sure to get all of your vet records from the previous office. While you’re there, you can ask your vet for a recommendation of an office in your new town. If your Chi is naturally nervous or high-stress, also consider talking to your vet about a sedative or stress-reducing medication for the move.

Get Your Chi Used to Their Travel Accommodations

If your fur baby is travelling in a new carrier, or not used to travelling by car, get them used to their moving accommodations in the days ahead of your move. Leave a new carrier out in an area of your house where your Chihuahua can sniff it, rub on it, lie in it, and get comfortable with it. If they’ve not had many car trips and you are travelling a long-distance in the car, take short trips around your neighborhood so they can get used to the sensation of driving.

Prepare a Kit
When packing; ensure you have a kit ready to go and that it is with you and your Chi during the move.

  • Plenty of food, water, and treats, and dishes for the food and water
  • Your Chi’s favorite blanket or bed
  • Medications, first aid, and basic grooming supplies
  • Scoopers, bags, litter, and a travel sized or disposable litter box for cats, and doo doo bags for dogs
  • A leash or harness

During the Move

Moving by Car

  • Ensure your Chihuahua is kept safe in their crate or carrier; preferably select one which can be seat belted or secured in your vehicle.
  • Put your Chi’s favorite bed or blanket in the carrier, or an article of your clothing so they will feel comforted and at home.
  • If you’re driving more than two hours, be sure to plan regular rest stops, feeding and potty times into your route and try your best to follow your Chi’s normal routine.
  • For long distance moves, scout out pet-friendly hotels and book ahead as possible, so you are certain of accommodations. Orbitz and other travel sites offer Pet Friendly filters to help your hotel search and booking.
  • If you can, travel with another person who can keep your fur baby company along the way.
  • Never, ever open the door to your vehicle if your Chi is loose in the car. Even the most laid-back Chihuahua can be spooked in abnormal surroundings, and the last thing you want is for your best friend to get loose.

Moving by Plane
If you’re flying from a different country or state, start by making sure that your airline caters to your Chihuahua. You’ll have to make sure you have all of the appropriate documentation and supplies required by the U.S. Department of Transportation. To create a smooth experience for your Chi when travelling by plane:

  • Talk to your vet to make sure your fur baby is fit for travel, get their advice on sedatives, and get up-to-date vaccines
  • Purchase a regulation-friendly pet carrier
  • Book your flight early and arrive early to avoid complications
  • Contact the airline directly for travel policies and be sure your Chi is booked
  • Make sure your pet has proper identification on their carrier and collar

Arriving to Your New Home

The biggest advice pet professionals give to movers is to have a comfortable space setup for your Chi in your new home, and to get them back on their normal routine as soon as possible. Before you let your fur baby free to explore your home, follow these precautions:

  • Inspect the home for open windows, gates, and anything else you think they’ll get into.
  • Start them off in one room, setup with their favorite beds, toys, food and water, and let them get comfortable with the new sounds and sights before letting them roam the house.
  • While moving in, keep them secure in their special room so they do not escape out of an open door. Sometimes they can feel like they need to go back to “their home”, movers can look like “burglars”, and overall stress levels are high! Keep your Chi in an isolated room, a fenced in backyard, or consider keeping them in a kennel for the day.
  • Don’t let your Chi explore too much of the new home before setting up big pieces of furniture, as it helps them to get familiar with their new home.

It may take some time for your furry friend to acclimate to their new home, and every Chi will handle a move differently. Ultimately, you know your fur baby best, and continuing to shower them with plenty of love, affection, and reassurance throughout the move will help keep you both happy and stress at a minimum!

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