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Moving With Pets : Part 1 – Moving House With a Dog

Moving with a dog

Moving home is stressful for most of us, so you might be able to imagine how it feels for a dog!

While you’ll know what’s going on and how to navigate the stresses, your four-legged friend won’t have the same abilities. As creatures of routine, docs can quickly become anxious when their world suddenly turns upside down and they are joining you on a journey to a new place.

As dog lovers and moving experts, we know a thing or two about how to make moving with a dog as easy as possible for both the animal and its owners. Read our top tips on moving house with a dog to ensure a smooth relocation!

Items Checklist When Moving House With A Dog During The Big Day

When it comes to moving day, make sure you have the following items prepared for the big move for your dog so that have everything you need before and after moving day.

  • Pack your pet’s favourite food
  • Ensure you have your veterinary records, prescriptions and certificates for your dog
  • Pack water bowls and food
  • Paper towels, plastic bags and poop scoops
  • Don’t forget to pack any toys that your dog is fond of (plus treats!)
  • Dog leashes
  • Beds, pillows and favourite towels
  • Provisions for the first day at the new home

Aside From The Obvious Provisions, Here Are Additional Tips When Moving With A Dog

Man Petting Dog While Wife Holding Keys, Moving ConceptKeep Things Consistent

When things are about to get unpredictable, it’s never been more important to enforce and maintain the routine that your dog is used to. Continue to serve meals at the normal time and do what you can to have walks and rest periods during your journey. 

Give Them Lots of Love

Your dog is likely to notice a change in its environment in the weeks leading up to the move. You’ll be busy packing things up into boxes and all the things your animal is used to seeing and smelling will be gone. This is the time to spend more time playing, cuddling and interacting with your dog to distract them from the changes and to keep their focus on you.

Keep Them Away From Movers

When moving day comes, you’ll likely have movers coming in and out of your house. This will naturally agitate your dog, especially if it a timid one as it will consider them as strangers or invaders. If you can, put them into another room behind closed doors to keep them calm.

Keep Your Do With You During The Move

If possible, stay with your animal throughout the move to keep them calm. That way, you can maintain their schedule as much as possible, as well as being able to give them treats for good behaviour. You could even consider the possibility of hiring a dog nanny for the day if you feel that this would benefit your moving day.

*Remember – it could even be asking a family friend or neighbour (someone who is familiar with the dog).

Remember vaccinations and ID

If you’re moving interstate or even internationally, it’s important to make sure that your dog has all the necessary paperwork and documents – or you might end up with some hefty fines or worse. Do your research before moving and talk to the authorities so that you won’t have any nasty surprises on the other side.

The same also applies to vaccinations. Before travelling, find out which vaccinations are required by your destination and get them sorted out with your vet – along with the proof that they have been administered.

Bring Their Favourite Toys and Blankets

As mentioned above, familiarity and comfort will be your dog’s best friend during a move. If they have a favourite blanket or two, bring it along for the journey and keep them close. The familiar smells and textures of their home and sleeping area will help to keep them calm.

Keep Them On a Leash

When you’re in your new home, it’s advisable to keep your dog on a leash for a few weeks. This is because they will be scared and confused in their new environment and may even try to run away. 

Talking With Your Existing Vet / Finding A New One After Moving

Travel, tourism - Girl with dog ready for the travel for summerBefore the big day, it would be worth taking your dog to your current vet in order to receive a copy of your dog’s medical history and vaccination certificates (for safekeeping in case you need them later). You might also want to consider getting your dog the latest shots before moving.

If you own a dog that can easily be startled, you could even discuss with your current vet the possibility of giving a calming pheromone dispenser.

After moving day, one of the first things you’ll also need to do is register your dog at their new vet. This means that they can give your pet a check-up on arrival to make sure everything is ok and may even be necessary as part of local legislation.

Additional Dog Moving Tips

Now that you’ve seen our checklist and tips above, we thought we’d throw in a few additional dog moving advice.

Remember, Dogs Are Creatures Of Habit

Most dogs can be quite sensitive to relocation and as a result, one key piece of advice is to remember that when moving with a dog, be sensitive to the fact that this will be a completely new environment for your pet and it may take a while for your pet to get used to their surroundings.

Try to remember the more habitual things you do with your pet, to help make them feel more at home. This can include typical treat days and ensuring that their normal routine doesn’t get completely adjusted.

If you would typically walk him every night, don’t fall into the trap of skipping the walk so that you can get more packing done! Treat him with the same attention you would normally give had you not been in the process of moving your home.

Above All Else: Be Patient With Your Dog 

Your pet will likely behave in ways that you’re not used to seeing. It may take them time to adjust so be wary of this.

They may become irate, disruptive, anxious, scared or even aggressive. This is quite normal, so as their owner it’s up to you to make sure that you don’t judge them too harshly. After a few weeks in their new home, things will return to normal and your pet can continue their happy and healthy lives.

 

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