Moving House with a Dog: A Comprehensive Guide

Moving house with a dog

Are you moving house with a dog?

Moving home is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, and it may be just as tricky, if not more, for your canine friend.

Dogs and humans are both creatures of habit.

They feel comfortable in familiar settings and with set routines, something that can’t be guaranteed during a move.

When we remove them from their comfortable environment, it might cause worry, stress, and even behavioural problems.

Recognising this problem is the first step towards successfully managing the relocating process.

In this post, we’ll look at some suggestions and strategies for making your pet’s transition as smooth as possible.

Here is our professional guide to moving house with a dog!

Pre-move Preparations

Dogs in front room
There are plenty of things to do for your dog before you move. Image credit: Unsplash

Acclimating Your Dog

Before relocating, it’s a good idea to gently acquaint your dog with the concept of moving.

Start by placing moving boxes around the house well in advance, giving your canine friend the chance to investigate and become comfortable with these new objects.

If feasible, take your dog to the new home prior to the move, allowing them to become acquainted with the new environment.

This can help ease their anxiety and make the transition smoother for them.

It’s also a good idea to maintain their routine to provide a sense of stability amidst the changes.

Packing Essentials

Prepare a doggy moving kit. Include their favourite toys, blankets, food, water, and treats.

Having familiar items will help your dog feel more at home in the new place.

Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit and any medications your dog might need.

It is always a good idea to have these essentials handy should you need them.

Choosing Your New Home

When selecting your future home, it’s vital to take into account the well-being of your dog.

Opt for a property that offers ample space for your pet to move around comfortably.

A dog-friendly area with accessible green spaces, like parks or trails, will provide your furry companion with essential exercise and socialisation opportunities.

Also, consider a secure garden or a nearby dog park for off-leash adventures.

While your preferences are important, integrating your dog’s needs into your decision can contribute to a harmonious living situation for all.

On the Moving Day

Dog in Car
Follow these tips to keep your dog safe on moving day. Image credit: Pixabay

Keeping Your Dog Calm

Using calming aids like pheromone diffusers or calming treats to reduce stress are very effective ways to make moving with a dog a lot easier!

You may also want to consider keeping your dog in a quiet room away from the hustle and bustle while packing and loading.

Whilst they may not love this, it is certainly a more peaceful environment than being allowed to roam throughout the house.

Safe Transportation

Ensure your dog is safely secured during transportation, using a well-ventilated crate or a safety harness.

If you are moving a long distance it is important to remember to make frequent stops for bathroom breaks and a walk.

Your dog is likely feeling stressed about the move so some exercise and fresh air will be a great distraction!

Settling into the New Home

Dog sleeping in bed
Ensure your dog feels comfortable in its new home. Image credit: Unsplash

Establishing a Routine

It’s crucial to re-establish your dog’s routine promptly after moving.

Consistency in feeding, walking, and playing can greatly assist in their adjustment to a new environment.

While relocating can be hectic, dedicating time and effort to resume your dog’s regular schedule is beneficial.

Not only will it help your pet feel more at ease, but it can also provide a sense of normalcy that might help you feel more at home in your new place.

Remember, patience is key during this transition period.

Providing Comfort

Set up a comfortable space for your dog with their bed and toys.

Spending quality time with your dog is also important, offering comfort and reassurance.

Be patient and consistent with your dog.

It might take time for them to adjust, but maintaining a stable environment will help them feel secure.

It is also key to make sure you don’t neglect them.

We don’t mean this in the traditional sense but with so much to do after your move, it is easy to not give them the same level of attention that you usually do!

This could add to their stress, so make sure you find the time to shower them with love and attention.

Health Considerations

Dog with vet
Register with a vet in your new area before you move. Image credit: Depositphotos

You should register your dog with a local vet just before you move, or as soon as you can after.

When moving to an unfamiliar environment, it is easy for your dog to get in an accident, so making sure you know what to do if there is an emergency with your dog is essential. 

Making sure your dog’s microchip details are up-to-date with your new address is also essential.

When you do this, make sure your other contact details are still correct.

We would recommend doing this a day or so before you move.

You will also need to purchase a new tag for your dog’s collar that has up-to-date details on. 

Engaging with the new house and Neighborhood

Allow your dog to explore the new area at their own pace once the house is safe.

It can be helpful to accompany them on this journey; some dogs are less confident than others and will benefit from your presence.

You should also introduce your dog to the neighbours and local dogs gradually.

Explore your new walking routes and local dog parks to socialise with your dog.

This will be an exciting time for your dog as they become used to their new surroundings!

Ready to Move House?

Pardy Truck in Sunshine
Pardy Truck in Sunshine

By following the advice found in this article, we hope to reduce some of the stress that comes with moving with a dog.

Ensuring you have the help of a trustworthy and knowledgeable removals company when moving home is also key.

With years of experience moving individuals and families alike to locations throughout the UK, R.H Pardy Moving & Storage Limited can assist you with every aspect of your move.

Our specialist team can guide you throughout every aspect of your move.

For added assurance, you will have the knowledge that you are dealing with a member of the British Association of Removers.

For more information about our removals services, be sure to give us a call today at 01202499390, or fill out our quick and easy contact form here.

A member of our team will be more than happy to help you get your move started in no time!