Moving Home with your Dog!

Moving Home with your Dog!

. Here are some tips for moving house with a dog:

1. Keep your dog’s routine as normal as possible

Dogs thrive on routine and structure, so it's important to try to maintain their normal routine as much as possible. Try to stick to their regular feeding, exercise, and sleep schedule as much as possible, even during the chaos of moving day. This will help your dog feel more secure and comfortable during the transition.

2. Make sure your dog is microchipped and has updated identification tags

Moving to a new location can increase the chances of your dog getting lost. It's important to make sure your dog has a microchip with your updated contact information, and also to update their identification tags with your new address and phone number. This will help ensure that if your dog gets lost during the move, they can be quickly reunited with you.

3. Pack a separate bag for your dog

Just like you would pack a bag for yourself, it's important to pack a separate bag for your dog. Include their food, water, bowls, toys, leash, and any other items they may need. This will help you keep all of your dog's essentials in one place and easily accessible during the move.

4. Arrange for a safe and comfortable travel arrangement

If you're traveling a long distance, you'll need to decide for your dog's travel. If you're driving, make sure your dog has a comfortable and secure spot in the car, preferably in a crate or harness. If you're flying, make sure to research airline policies and requirements for traveling with pets. Some airlines require a health certificate, and there may be restrictions on the size and breed of the dog that can fly.

5. Take time to acclimate your dog to the new home

Once you've arrived at your new home, it's important to take some time to help your dog acclimate to their new surroundings. Start by showing them around the house and yard and letting them explore at their own pace. Make sure to supervise them closely during the first few days to ensure they don't get into anything they shouldn't.

6. Keep your dog on a leash when outside

If you're moving to a new neighbourhood, it's important to keep your dog on a leash when outside until they are familiar with the new surroundings. This will help prevent them from getting lost or wandering too far from home.

7. Stick to your routine

As mentioned earlier, dogs thrive on routine and structure. As you settle into your new home, try to establish a new routine that is as similar as possible to your old routine. This will help your dog feel more comfortable and secure in their new environment.

Moving house with a dog can be a challenging experience, but with some careful planning and preparation, it can be a smooth transition for both you and your furry friend. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your dog stays safe and comfortable throughout the move, and quickly adapts to their new surroundings.


Feb 27 2023
by Claire