Looking After Your Dog When Moving House


Advice on moving with dogs

Things to do before the move:

To avoid your dog becoming distressed or anxious during the upheaval of moving  it can be a good idea for them to be somewhere different on moving day, maybe with a friend or family that they know and feel comfortable with. Kennels are another option. If you have kennels that you have used before then consider putting them in whilst you are packing as well. Dogs like a routine and can become unsettled when this changes.
Do not wash bedding until a couple of weeks after the move, so that they will have something that smells familiar in the new house.
Make sure that they have familiar toys for the journey and for in the new house.
If travelling a long way prevent travel sickness by not feeding too much and leaving a suitable gap before the journey. If you know your pet suffers from travel sickness, ask your veterinary surgeon about anti-sickness tablets.

Things to do on move day if your dog is staying with you.

Try to confine them to one secure room, so that escape and injury cannot occur whilst people are going in and out of the house. Leave them in a quiet area with familiar unwashed bedding and possessions. Ideally ask your removal crew to empty one room first if that is possible. A small bedroom is ideal and then settle your dog in there.

Make sure that your dog is safely secured in the car or vehicle that they are to be transported in to the new house with a dog guard, travel crate or car harness on the back seat. If it is a long journey, make sure that they get regular toilet and water breaks. Remember the temperature in a car can rise rapidly so take plenty of stops where there is water available and somewhere that you can exercise your dog safely.
Once you arrive at your new home then give them plenty of attention and reassurance, remember they won’t understand what is happening.

On arrival at your new home check your boundary fencing to make sure that it is secure and of sufficient height with no gaps before letting your dog out in the garden. If your garden is not secure then take your dog out on a lead until you are able to do the necessary improvements.
Try to unpack dog toys and blankets before introducing your dog to the new house so that they can see familiar items within the unfamiliar house.
If your dog is microchipped, then get their records changed to your new address.

Make sure that you stick to your usual routines, as this will help them to settle, so feed and walk at the usual times. Don’t give more or less attention than they are used to having from you so that you mimic the regular routine.

To help your dog settle in take them for lots of walks. This is a great way to get you both away from the actual moving process and allow both of you some ‘ you ‘ time. This will also help your dog get used to their new surroundings.

Always keep your removal company informed that there will be a dog/dogs there on move day and let them know what steps you are taking. They will appreciate this and be able to work with you .
Always book an accredited removal company to get a professional and caring service.
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