How To Make Moving Day A Little Smoother For Your Dog

Dated: 02/22/2018

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Moving Day With A Dog Can Be Easy With These Tips

It’s time to move. You’ve dealt with the old place for too long, and after researching online and working with a realtor, you’ve found the perfect place. Your life will improve in your new home, but don’t forget about the wellbeing of your furry friend. Moving can be very stressful for a dog, as many need routine and predictability to feel calm and safe. Packing up your belongings and living somewhere new is the complete opposite.

Thankfully, there are ways you can help yourself and your dog have an easier time with a move. It starts before you pack a single box.

Helping Your Pet Feel More Comfortable On Moving DayImage Source: Pixabay

Minimizing Stress & Problems

In the weeks leading up to moving day, you need to help your dog prepare. Start by taking your dog on more walks. These are great ways to get rid of anxiety and energy so your pet is calmer when the big day arrives. You also want to restrict access to a room or two so they can either stay clean for potential buyers or store your moving boxes.

When you find your new home, check out the local laws on pet dogs. Do you need a new dog license? Does your potential new home even allow pet dogs? Some communities even outlaw dog breeds they consider dangerous.

Lastly, packing up everything can give your dog anxiety because they don’t know what’s going on. Make sure you leave your dog’s supplies and toys for the very last. They will be seeking routine, and leaving their belongings available will help.

Working With Movers

You walked your dog a lot and packed up everything except their bowls and toys. For any move, it makes sense to create a moving day box with essentials like phone chargers, important paperwork, and toiletries. You can do the same for your dog. Create one box that goes in your car with dog food, leash, a toy, and any medication for your pet.

On the actual moving day, you likely hired professionals to move your belonging to the new place. However, that can be complicated when you have a dog. Two Men And A Truck has a great list of tips for moving with pets. For dogs, they recommend:

  • Warn the moving company ahead of time that you have a dog.

  • When movers arrive, let them give treats to your dog. This helps your pet see the strangers as friendly and safe.

  • You know your dog, so find what keeps them busy. If your dog can chew on a fresh bone for an hour, get several and use them as needed.

  • Use a travel crate for your dog when it’s time to drive away.

Acclimating To The New Home

Finally, the move is over. The movers have gone home, and your entire life seems to be stuffed in a mountain of boxes. Before you start unpacking, remember that you know what’s going on but your pet dog does not. You need to help them acclimate to the new home.

The American Kennel Club has a great page about that. Here are some of the tips to help your dog feel at home:

  • Walk around inside and outside your home with your dog on a leash. Explore the area with your pet.

  • If you will let your dog in the backyard off-leash, make sure there are no gaps they can squeeze through.

  • Keep the dog’s diet the same for at least two weeks.

  • Minimize sounds and smells for the first day or two so your dog doesn’t get overwhelmed.

Make The Move Successful

Moving with a pet is a little harder than without, but you both can get through this just fine. Help your pet manage their anxiety and mood with walks, treats, and as much stability as you can provide. Talk to the moving company about your dog, and once you’re in the new place, help your furry friend acclimate to the new place. This way, both of you can enjoy the new home.

Moving with a pet is a little harder than without, but you both can get through this just fine. Help your pet manage their anxiety and mood with walks, treats, and as much stability as you can provide. Talk to the moving company about your dog, and once you’re in the new place, help your furry friend acclimate to the new place. This way, both of you can enjoy the new home.


By Cindy Aldridge

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