Tahoe City Living: Moving Tips Your Pup Will Love
Who knew you could find sun and snow in California? Well, you need look no further than Tahoe City. With a yearly average of 300 days of sunny warmth and 15 feet of snow, this mountain town is sure to please you and your pooch. The only thing in the way is getting there, and with a furry companion in the mix, there are a few extra things you need to keep in mind. From the move to settling in, check out these tips for a stress-free move:
Planning and packing
Leading up to moving day, try to stick to your regular routine as much as possible to keep your dog relaxed. Pack up doggy items last such as toys and bedding to avoid stress and unwanted behavior, and consider having a family member or friend keep them on moving day to keep them away from the chaos of movers, boxes, and that tempting open door. At the very least, crate your pooch in a room that will have the least foot traffic, and stop in for cuddles and treats often.
As for the move itself, take your pooch on a long walk beforehand to tire him out so that he is nice and relaxed for the car ride. Don’t forget to bring along food and water should the trek take longer than expected. And remember that your dog needs bathroom breaks and time to stretch, too.
With the big move behind you, all that’s left is to settle into your new humble abode, but your pooch might take a little bit of time to get acclimated. You understand perfectly what has happened, but your dog might be a little confused and slightly nervous. Let your dog sniff around the new home at his own pace, and make the experience extra fun with a brand new toy or tasty treats. Inspect the home for potential hazards such as toxic cleaners, unsteady furniture/objects and escape routes. If the yard isn’t already fenced in, consider putting up one of your own, but be sure to check with the HOA for permission and compliance with regulations.
Bring your dog along when you meet the neighbors to introduce him, too, and inquire about other dog lovers in the neighborhood. You need to also be familiar with other outside neighbors in the Tahoe City area – coyotes. Prevent these surprise neighbors by implementing coyote deterrent products such as sound machines and motion sensors.
Don’t let garbage and food sit out, and consider bringing your pooch in each night. While on walks, keep your dog leashed at all times and avoid walks at dusk when coyotes are most active. If you encounter a coyote, make yourself large and in charge, and make plenty of noise.
Explore the Area
There are a variety of reasons why you chose to call Tahoe City home, whether it was the beautiful scenery, rich culture, or even the promise of snow, but an added bonus is that it is dog-friendly. BringFido lists several dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities in Tahoe City and the surrounding area such as the Bijou Dog Park for off-leash frolicking, Kiva Beach for sandy fun, and The Blue Agave for tasty Mexican food and a yummy treat for your pooch. There are plenty of local pet stores in the area, too.
With a little bit of preparation and plenty of furry snuggles, you’ll wonder why you were ever stressed about this move in the first place. Just be sure to take things slow, especially during the settling in phase and follow along at your dog’s pace. Once the move is behind you, the two of you are free to explore all that Tahoe City has to offer.
Article provided by Medina at DogEtiquette.info