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We know that moving can be a stressful time for us but what about our dogs?  Dogs are very comfortable when they have a routine day in and day out but moving will certainly disrupt that routine.  Some dogs will be okay but others may be a little more sensitive to the move and will have a harder time adjusting.  Here are a few tips to help your dog adjust to the move:

  • Try to keep the same schedule with your dog as you have always had.  For example, if you take him for walks try to keep doing this on schedule and keep feeding him at his normal feeding time.
  • Pack your dog’s toys, food, bedding, etc. in your car with you instead of in the moving van.  This way your dog’s items won’t be lost in transit.  These items should be the last things you pack and the first things you unpack when you get to your new home.  It is also a good idea to set bedding or a blanket aside that smells like your old house for your dog to sleep on when you arrive at the new house.  The familiar scent will help your dog feel comfortable in his new surroundings.
  • Get two sets of ID tags a few days before you move.  One set should have your new address on them and the other set should have your old address on them, just in case your dog is lost while you are traveling.  Your dog should wear both sets of ID tags for a few days after you move into the new house just in case he wanders off after you have moved in.  Also, make sure your dog’s microchip information is up to date with your new address.
  • While you are moving your items into your new home, it would be a good idea to leave your dog at a familiar place like a friend’s house or a boarding facility you have used before.  This way you won’t have to worry about your dog and he won’t be able to escape the premises and go wandering.
  • If you don’t have a place where your dog can stay on moving day, you might consider putting him in a bathroom that has been cleared out.  Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door and put your dog’s toys and bedding in the bathroom with him.  The bathroom is usually the best place for your dog because there usually isn’t any furniture that needs to be moved into that room and he won’t be disturbed or accidentally be let out.  The bathroom floor is usually tiled, so if Fido has any accidents it will be easy to clean up.
  • Before you let your dog out into the yard, make sure it is secure.  You will want to check for holes in the fence that he may be able to squeeze through and make sure the gate is closed and will stay closed.  Use your common sense and make sure there is no way Fido will be able to escape!
  • If possible, don’t introduce your dog to your new home until your furniture has been moved in and set up and his personal items are set up.  Your pet will know this is his new home because he will be familiar with the items that have been set up in the home.  Let him roam about the house and explore so he can get comfortable with his new home.

Most dogs do well with moves, but there are a few out there that may not.  Patience is the key!  Be patient with your dog because there is no real way to help your dog understand that you are moving and everything will be okay.


moving day

Not only is it possible for your dog to be stressed during the move, you will most likely be stressed too!  To make the move less stressful on you, follow these tips:

  • Get organized by making a list of all the things you need to do.  You might want to divide your list into weeks which will allow you to make sure that you have enough days to get everything completed on the list.
  • Get rid of all of the clutter in your house and all of the stuff that you haven’t used for a very long time.  If you haven’t used it in a year or two, most likely you are never going to use it.
  • Ask friends and family for help.  They will probably jump at the chance to help you because they will get to spend some extra time with you before you make the move.
  • Make sure you have time to say goodbye to friends and family.  Have them over for dinner or throw a party. 
  • Moving is a stressful time so treat yourself by going to a movie, or dinner, etc.  Just do something that will give you time away from the hectic moving pace.

Moving can be stressful for all involved but this too shall pass! Just remember to breathe and everything will be okay.

Filed under: Relocating and/or Traveling With Your Dog

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