Helping your dog, and moving with dogs, handle the stress of relocating. Surviving moving with dogsIt is important to remember that first and foremost what makes your dog feel at home is being around you. Dogs feel safe and protected when their owner is close to them and will handle moving to a new house with ease if they are allowed to remain close to you as much as possible. When unpacking in the new house try to keep the dog’s favorite bed around and unpack it first. Try to spread some of the dog’s favorite toys in the house and place his food and water bowls in place. This will cause the dog to feel at home and if he is allowed to remain beside you most chances are he will adjust to the new environment in no time. Do not act stressed! Remember that dogs look up to you. If you are nervous and hesitant, the dog will be nervous and hesitant. Show the dog around in a cheerful voice, using a high pitch. Behave normally with your dog, do not forbid him to do things that he is normally allowed to do and on the other hand do not over-spoil him and allow him to misbehave. Dogs are creatures of habit and any changes in your attitude towards them may cause them stress. If you feel unsure about how your dog is reacting to his new environment don’t hesitate and contact a dog behavior specialist.
Once you have made the price comparisons between all movers and made sure you understood what pricing system they use – cubic foot, weight or flat guaranteed price, its time to learn how to choose your moving company (see previous article).
Before making that important decision make sure that you have covered every aspect of your relocation process with the moving companies. The more details the mover provides you with the better, that way you will not be surprised by hidden costs at the day of the move.
Make sure you receive written confirmations and contracts from your mover, an oral promise is not good enough and all aspects of your relocation process should be presented to you in writing.
Make sure you have checked and compared the reputation of all the companies you spoke with. The Better Business Bureau is an excellent place to check a mover’s reputation. We highly recommend that you do not choose a moving company that has an excessive amount of complaints.
Choose a company with a relocation consultant that you have a good communication with. Your relocation consultant is your contact in case of move date changes, inventory upgrades etc. Don’t choose a company with a consultant you do not feel completely comfortable with. Make sure your consultant is knowledgeable about all aspects of your move and answers all your questions clearly. In most cases, knowledgeable consultants mean a trustworthy and customer service oriented company.
Finally, we again encourage you to choose a moving company that offers you a flat guaranteed price like the one that we can provide you with.