Tips for Moving with Dogs
I know how tough it is moving, trying to find a place that allows dog if you are renting, and a place that is suitable for their size. So I wanted to share some tips for moving with your dogs, going through the big move, and how to make a dog feel comfortable in their new environment. Sometimes dogs tend to get frantic and nervous when moving, instead we would like them to be comfortable and feel secure and safe in their new home. I included a free pet moving checklist printable at the bottom of the post ( Yippee).
- Calm, peaceful, and stress-free environment
Especially for me, moving is an extremely stressful situation. Packing and discarding items that you don’t use anymore, but don’t touch your pups stuff just yet, keep their stuff for last because you might need them to help your dog feel secure on the car ride to the new place. Likely your dog will be watching your every move and will be wondering what’s going on, make sure while you are packing and moving you keep your energy and emotion as calm and relaxed as possible, if you are anxious more than likely your dog will mimic your emotions.
- Game plan
Where are you going to take your dog, are you going to take them with you while moving your stuff or are you going to have somebody watch them while you move? These are just some questions that you need to ask yourself, sooner than later. When you’re moving stuff from your old house to your new one you want your dog to be safe, especially if they are runners because you’ll be opening the door to take stuff out to truck, and the last thing you want is Fido to get loose while you’re moving. So figure out your game plan ahead of time. I’f you are planning on hiring a dog sitter check out rover.com and care.com.
- Update pet information and microchip
Make sure you update your dog’s microchip address and information so if your dog gets loose they will be able to find your new address.
- Vet Appointment
Take your dog to a vet for a checkup and let your vet know your new address, ask your vet what you should do if your dog is hyper, sometimes a vet can give you a mild sedative for your dog to relax while you are moving. If you are moving out of the state or region ask your vet if they know of any vets that they can recommend for your dog to see. Make sure you have recent health information and rabies tags updated.
Take your dog out for a stroll in the park to get some energy out so that when you are moving they don’t have massive amounts of energy and try to knock you over while your moving your new big screen T.V. Also when you move to the new place it will help in the process of settling your dog and their new home.
- New environment, new home
When you take your dog to a new home try and make it fun, bring familiar smells for your dog to relax, such as dog beds, blankets, toys, or their food bowls. This will help the dog with the adjustment and help them feel safe and secure.
- Schedule or Routine
Dogs rely on routine, Lilly knows the exact time she eats, plays, and goes to the bathroom. To make sure that your dog has the same routine will help keep them calm and feel secure in their new home.
- Explore New Surroundings
Once settled in go explore, walk your dog around the neighborhood to get familiar with the smells. So if they sniff around like a hound dog let them so they can get used to their neighbors and their new environment. Plus exploring is fun in a new place, you and Fido could even find some cool new places you never saw before. For example, exploring one day I found an old mine and a really neat old Elevator Shaft just by going in a different direction on a walk.
Moving is stressful with packing, lifting, and discarding of items you don’t need anymore. If you have items such as blankets, towels, papers, magazines, clothes, and dog food or treats that you haven’t used and you plan to throw them away, DON’T throw them away. Instead donate them to a local animal shelter or rescue, local animal shelters and rescues are always looking for these items. So donating old items that you don’t need or want to take with you is a great way to help dogs and their organizations.
Dog Moving Checklist Printable