Moving with Dogs: Your Practical Guide
When it comes to dogs and moving to a new home it can be stressful for both you and your pup. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to make the move easier on both of you!
Read this practical guide full of helpful tips including what to pack for them and how to help your puppy adjust to the new home, to ease their anxiety.
Without further ado, here is your guide to moving with a dog.
Before moving house with a dog
- Let your pup get used to being inside a kennel, carrier, or pet crate while you are driving around your neighbourhood or for a couple of kilometres. Doing so will help your dog feel comfortable and safe in their designated container. This training is also helpful in alleviating dog moving anxiety and for preparing your pup for longer drives via land transport. You can also try covering the carrier with a blanket to help calm your pup.
- Pack things that will help your pup feel at home. This could be their bed, pillow or blanket and their favourite toy. Your pooch needs something familiar to handle all this change.
- Give your dog the chance to visit the new home before moving in. This will help it get used to the new surroundings and not feel anxious when it’s in an unfamiliar space for too long.
- Ask friends or family members if they have any pet crates that you can borrow before purchasing one yourself. The last thing you want to do is buy something and then only use it once!
- Stock up on kibble, treats, water and other supplies for your pup so that they don’t go hungry and make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water.
- Put together a moving supply kit so that you can pack up all the things you’ll need while making this transition easier: leashes, food bowls, pooper scooper, etc…
On moving day: Tips to ease dog moving anxiety
- If you don’t have time to look after your dog, ask neighbours, family or friends to look after your best furry friend as it could cause anxiety when removalists start moving furniture. Also, your dog could be in in the way of the removalists or in harm’s way if heavy and sharp objects are moved.
- Be mindful of your pup during this time. Try not to make the move too stressful for them by opening and closing doors or scaring them with loud noises like vacuum cleaners.
- While moving, make sure to leave plenty of water, food and dog poop bags available to them at all times!
- When the removalists arrive, try to make your dog feel welcome by giving them a treat. Leave some things out that are familiar and might be comforting for them, like their bed or toys.
After the move: How to help your dog adjust to the new home
It’s a known fact that dogs take time adjusting to a new home and environment. Dogs can be anxious in the new home as they’re in unfamiliar territory. To calm your furry friend down, take a look at our list of the best tips on how to help your dog adjust to the new home:
- Give yourself time to adjust by spending days with just putting down furniture before moving any boxes inside. Try not to bring too many things into the new home all at once, this will help avoid overwhelming your pup who is already dealing with change.
- Introduce Fido to his new neighbourhood! Take him on walks around your neighbourhood until he is comfortable enough to venture out on his own without an owner present for supervision.
- Keep an eye on them during the first few days after moving and make sure they’re eating well; travelling can affect appetite for both people and dogs alike. If necessary, feed smaller portions more often so your furry friend doesn’t get too hungry too quickly.
- Be very careful when carrying out any DIY work near areas where your dog might frequent – paint fumes are toxic to pets’ sensitive noses just like ours!
- Be sure to take care going through doors which may startle your canine companion if there are sharp objects on either side (elevators with doors opening into the elevator shaft being a typical example).
- Always keep your dog on lead until you are confident that they will be safe outside without supervision.
- Ensure there is nothing in their environment which may trigger aggression such as other dogs or cats and remember to keep them well away from any moving vehicles too!
- Avoid leaving your dog unattended for long periods of time if possible, even when indoors; this means going out every couple of hours just to give them some company. If you do have to leave them alone then make sure they’re comfortable and familiar inside before doing so.
- New smells can induce anxiety amongst dogs especially if its furniture placed in unfamiliar positions. Thus, if you are planning on buying new furniture, it’s best to settle in for at least one week before purchasing new home furnishings.
- Keep the same routine for feeding, walking, and spending time with it at least once a day. This will help keep your dog as comfortable and happy as possible in its new surroundings.
Hopefully these tips will help both of you get through the process and have less stress to deal with! Remember that if they’re struggling or anxious then it’s never too late to take them back home again – we don’t want anyone feeling stressed out during a move, let alone dogs who can sense our emotions as well.
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We make the safety and well-being of your pet our highest priority. Our pet transport experts can move your pet between any two points in Australia and overseas.
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