Tips for Moving with Pets

Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving can be a stressful time for everyone involved. There are a lot of changes that happen when you move, so make sure that you are making the transition as smooth as possible for your furry friends with these 5 tips!

1. Understand the Pet Policy

At Prairie Property Management we are happy to offer over 30 different properties that are pet friendly. Let your agent know before you sign your lease what type of pet you have and how many you will be bringing with you. Some properties have weight and breed restrictions and knowing these before you move will help to ensure a seamless transition into your new home.

2. Talk to your Vet

If you are making a long-distance move, it is important that you find a new vet clinic that is nearby your house or apartment. If you are unsure of what clinic might be close by, ask your leasing agent for help locating one. Before making the trip, have your pet’s medical records on hand so you can give these documents to your new vet. If you have a particularly anxious animal, talk to your current vet about some options to ease their anxiety during the move.

3. Keep Things Updated

Amongst all the hustle and bustle of a move, it is an easy time for a pet to escape or get lost. That is why it is important to keep dog and cat tags as up to date as possible with current addresses and phone numbers. That way if your pet is found, you can be reunited quickly. Another great option to discuss with your vet is microchipping, so you can be assured that your animal is linked to you if tags or collars fall off.

4. Keep Track of your Pet on Moving Day

As mentioned before, it is easy to lose your pets on moving day when people are coming in and out of your home. If possible, have a friend or family member look after your pet until you are done moving your belongings. Keeping a pet locked in a room may be stressful for them but if you must do this to ensure they don’t get out, make sure they have plenty of food and water and put a large sign on the door letting people know there is a pet inside.

5. Give Time to Adjust

When you arrive at your new home, make sure to give your pets time to adjust to their new space. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible to speed up this process. It is also important that you keep dogs and cats on a leash if they are going outside. An animal in a new area may become frightened and not be able to find its way home.

8 Tips for Living with a Dog in an Apartment

8 Tips for Living with a Dog in an Apartment

Dogs bring joy and happiness to our lives, but when it comes to living in an apartment with them, things can get tricky. So, to make it easier on yourself and to keep your dog happy and healthy, follow some of these tips for living with a dog in an apartment.

1. Talk with your property management company

Most companies have rules that you need to follow when it comes to living with pets in your rental home. There are breed restrictions, weight limits, and fees that you should be aware of before deciding to live in an apartment with your pet.

2. Choose the right breed

Not all dogs are well suited to living in an apartment. While all dogs are fun and cute, some need more space to play or are more apt to bark. You don’t want your dog going stir crazy and destroying your entire apartment and you don’t want one that barks at every person that walks down the hallway. When choosing a pet, consider one that has a mellow and friendly personality.

3. Pay attention to your dog

To keep your dog from going stir crazy or destroying your apartment, pay attention to them. Give them the love they deserve. Bring them to one of the local dog parks or take them on daily walks to help them burn some energy.

4. Choose the apartment that fits your pet

If you already have a pet and are looking for a new home, choose an apartment that is more suitable to your animal. Consider a first floor apartment to make it easier for you to let your pet out for bathroom breaks and so that your pet doesn’t disturb those below you.

5. Train your pet

Training your dog is essential. If your dog is rambunctious and will destroy your apartment while you are away, consider crate training them. If you are having problems with when your dog needs to go to the bathroom, consider putting them on a bathroom schedule. If you pet ends up destroying apartment, it will result in hefty fees that you will be required to pay upon moving out.

6. Be aware of your neighbors

Be respectful and pick up after your dog right after they make a mess in common areas. Not everyone loves dogs, so keep your pet on a leash while in common areas. It is important to remember that this is your neighbor’s home as well.

7. Consider doggy daycare

If your dog is one that will bark while you are away at work or school, consider bringing them to a doggy daycare during the week. It will allow your pet to play and socialize with other dogs while also keeping your neighbors happy.

8. Keep your pet’s health up to date

Be sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines. If something happens that your dog bites someone, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. Overall, make sure you give your pet all the love they deserve! Train them, take care of them, and pay attention to them. Having a pet requires a little bit more planning, but if you follow some of these easy tips for living with a dog in an apartment, your pet can keep bringing joy and smiles to your life!