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Moving House with a Dog: A Comprehensive Guide

Moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, and it can be equally, if not more, stressful for our canine companions.

Dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit.

They find comfort in familiar surroundings and routines.

When we uproot them from their familiar environment, it can lead to anxiety, stress, and behavioural issues.

Recognising this challenge is the first step in managing the moving process effectively.

In this article, we will explore tips and strategies to make the transition as smooth as possible for your furry friend.

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

You should try to start by introducing your dog to the idea of moving.

You can do this by bringing moving boxes into your home early and allowing your dog to explore them.

Familiarise your dog with the new surroundings by visiting the new residence if possible.

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 choosing a new home, consider your dog’s needs.

Look for places with enough space and a suitable environment for your dog, such as a nearby park or a dog-friendly neighbourhood.

Whilst there are plenty of factors to consider outside of the needs of your dog, it is always key to keep their needs in mind!

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

Re-establish your dog’s routine as soon as possible.

Stick to the same feeding, walking, and playtime schedules to help your dog adjust.

We know that moving house is a very chaotic time.

This means that getting your dog back into a routine will take some time and effort.

However, the quicker you can achieve this the better.

Who knows, it may even help you settle in quickly as well!

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 some 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

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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 your dog.

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

Ready to Move House?

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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!