It’s moving day. Boxes are piled high, the removal men and women are already loading the van, and everything is labelled. You think you’ve remembered everything, except you haven’t. There’s one very important thing you’ve forgotten: the dog. Dogs can sense their owners stress and pick up on unusual activity in the home. So don’t end up in the dog house, and see what you should be doing for your dog to make their moving day less stressful.
Moving house with your dog: the do’s
Do make sure your dog’s microchip and ID tag have the address and phone number of the new house on them. This is important especially for the first few weeks and months where your dog could potentially try and make their way back to the old house. If you don’t already have a collar, consider buying one and having your address engraved on the tag in case your dog did go missing.
Do leave your dog with a friend that they’re used to being around. This will keep your dog away from the chaos of moving and will keep their stress to a minimum. If that’s not an option and your dog has stayed in kennels before, consider booking them in for a couple of days until the house is ready for their return. Or if you’d prefer to keep your dog with you, keep them in one room on the day of the move. Keep the doors closed, so you know exactly where they are when the time comes to leave.
Do give your dog lots of attention on the day of the move. Continue to spend time with them on the days following to reassure them and keep them relaxed and help them to feel comfortable in their new environment.
Moving house with your dog: the don’ts
Don’t alter your pet’s normal eating and exercise routine. Try and keep to the same times to feed them and take them for a walk. This will keep the disruption to their routine to a minimum and help them settle into their new surroundings easier.
Don’t get angry with your dog if they chew or scratch at furniture in the new house. Dogs can be heavily affected by their surroundings and as such can become anxious. It may take a few days to become toilet trained again and familiarise themselves with the new layout.
Don’t feed your dog just before the big move. If they are feeling anxious or get travel sickness, this could increase the chance they could be sick in the car.
For more information on how to safely move your pets, seek advice from your local vet. We will be sharing advice on how to move house with other pets in the coming months.