Pets are part of the family, but bringing them with you can be challenging. International requirements vary from country to country, so it’s critical to work with quality international pet transport companies that are up-to-date with current import regulations. Moving pets may be simpler within Europe, but make sure that your pet has an official EU Pet Passport that shows your trusty companion has obtained the necessary medical checkups and vaccinations to cross borders safely. Also, be aware of varying pet relocation laws, even within the EU.
If you're moving a cat or shipping a dog, and your company is paying for your relocation, make sure they know about your pets. In the Expatica article Strange but true expat tales, an HR manager in Germany was vexed when an employee needed to transport his pet lizard by taxi and expected the company to pay for it. In the end, the cost was not high compared to the overall cost of the relocation, so they did pay.
Pet culture in the Netherlands
If you choose to bring a pet into your family after relocation, then check out how things work with regards to keeping pets in the Netherlands, such as whom to call should your pet go missing and the best places to choose pets.
For instance, dog and cat homes may be a better bet than buying from another source. Understand the rules about pets in your country, such as being cleaning up after your dog, and make sure you comply.
Don’t always do as the locals do, as this may not endear you to your neighbours! Understand how pets are viewed in your new country of residence. You may find the local attitudes to pets and animals in general differ widely from your own. Set an example in the way you handle your pet on and off leash as dog expert Laure-Anne Visele advises in her article Dog etiquette in the Netheralnds.
Owning a dog improves your language skills!
Walking the dog and chatting to other dog owners is a great way of breaking the ice and making new friends according to one Expatica blogger. In A helping hound in Holland, she admits that walking her dog has improved her Dutch immeasurably, and local dog training classes got her instructing her dog in Dutch rather than English. Another expat blogger and dog expert admits that walking a dog helps you 'inburger'more quickly than walking out with a baby! Read The ultimate inburgering tool:Dog or kid?.
Going on holiday with pets
Dogs make great travelling companions but careful planning is needed. Here is some advice.
You'll likely leave your goldfish behind though, so why not seek out a goldfish hotel!
Looking for a dog, cat or fish-sitter, pet carrier, or even a kitten? Check out Expatica’s Pets & Animal section in Classifieds. You can also check for pet services in Expatica’s A-Z listings.
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