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5 Tips for Moving House With A Dog

Moving house? These simple tips will make the move as stress-free as possible for your fur baby.

Let’s be honest, moving house with a dog in tow can be one of the most stressful times of your life. And if it’s stressful for us, you can just imagine how unsettling it must be for your dog as well.

I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person who just adores the moving process, but it doesn’t have to be the pits either!

I have moved several times with little Coco Bean by my side, so I have gathered up my top 5 tips to help make moving with a dog a little easier on everyone.

All dogs have their own personality and quirks and can react differently to moving, but I’m sure following these moving tips will help!

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5 Tips for Moving House With A Dog

Top tips for moving house with a dog

#1. Safety first

Moving house means digging those long-lost items out of storage and emptying out all your cupboards and cabinets. This also means total Disney World for most dogs, and their curiosity will more than likely kick in!

It is super easy to forget that some of these items can be potentially hazardous if your dog were to get ahold of them. They could also be items you simply don’t want torn to shreds.

Remembering to sift through and keep those items out of reach can save you many headaches, and most importantly, prevent your dog from any potential danger.

Loading and unloading items between your home and a moving truck means that front door is going to be open numerous times and more chances for your dog to escape. Make sure the pupster is always in a safe spot indoors, and wearing his or her collar and pet ID tag.

The only thing that can be more stressful than moving with a dog, is moving while also trying to find your dog!

#2. Make it a positive experience

It’s easy to get frustrated when tensions are high, to-do lists are full, the house is a chaotic mess, you haven’t had a moments rest, and your dog is at your feet wondering what on earth is going on.

I know it is easy to say, but it will help you and your dog out so much by making it a positive experience. Try to keep it fun as much as you can!

During any move I always try to talk positively to Coco, whether she is sitting next to me while packing, or watching me like a hawk as I clean out the fridge.

It might sound silly, but having conversations with your pet is very therapeutic for the both of you. Also, rewarding their good behaviour will make them feel like part of the team.

For example, if your dog waited patiently in a safe zone while you moved furniture, reward them with either kisses, a belly rub, positive talking, a dog toy, or a dog treat!

Top 5 tips for moving with a dog

#3. Keep it familiar

Your home being a chaotic land of random piles and boxes, or traveling across the country  – can really stress a dog out. But keeping their space familiar can help ease their worries.

All dogs are different, but Coco always feels better when she has a toy and her blanket by her side at all times during a move. We keep it in the living room while we are packing, in the car during the move, and finally in the new living room when we get there.

Even just setting her travel carrier with our suit cases makes her feel better – it’s like a little sign she’s coming with us.

Using an item your dog finds familiar is sure to be a huge help during your move as well!

#4. Stick with the routine

Well, as best as you can that is!

I know how time can really get away from you during packing, hauling items to the truck, traveling, unloading and re-organizing.

It’s a huge process, but the more you are able to stick to your dog’s routine of eating/drinking, walks, naps, and bedtime, the less stressed and grumpy your dog will be.

Plus, it will make you feel like you have some control over your crazy schedule.

5 Tips for moving with a dog

#5. Give them the tour

This one is simple but very important! Give your dog a tour of your new home, and let them explore the empty closets, bedrooms and hallways.

It doesn’t end there though. Take them outside and let them explore their new yard and surroundings. If you can, try to walk them around the block as soon as possible. They want to know where they are living just as much as you do! Letting them see their new neighborhood will be a huge comfort to them.

When we moved, Coco had a new walking path memorized in just a couple of days and looks forward to it every morning. It is so fun to watch them take in all the new scenery.

Happy moving to you and your pup!

Want more expert advice on moving with pets?

Here’s a great article from my favorite vet Dr Katrina Warren, with her top tips for moving house with pets.

There’s also this expert guide to moving with pets by Porch.com featuring advice from several pet experts, as well as their personal experiences moving house with a dog or a cat.

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6 responses to “5 Tips for Moving House With A Dog”

  1. I recall when we moved to our current address we bought Grace over last so she wasn’t left in a strange yard while we were busy. Our new neighbour told us a couple of days after moving in that Grace would cry at the gate every time we went out which was very unlike her. It only lasted a few days so there was no lasting separation anxiety.

  2. These are such great tips! <3

  3. I just moved with my dog, about two months ago. My Pug has this Can-Do, Nothing Phases Me, I’m Not Bothered personality so I thought he’d be fine.

    I wish now that I’d have read up more on the subject because he was actually quite shook up when we moved.

    Good tips though. Number 3 I feel is one of the most important as Chowski was incredibly unsettled when all of our belongings were moved and boxed away!

    Oh and as always – gorgeous photos!

  4. Peta says:

    Don’t do what I did and schedule doggy eye surgery the day after picking up the keys and the day before the removalists came. Trying to keep a post operative dog calm when there are all these men moving around and stooping to pat every time they went past did nothing for my blood pressure. The dog loved it though! All these new rooms to run around in and new smells to smell … Fantastic!

  5. At first it was us (husband, son, me) and our Husky Blade.Which was simple. Our Husky loved to travel with us and so moving never was a problem, as long as his crate was there. Then our little Knight, a Blue Heeler Mix of the abused and nervous kind joined our pack and things became more difficult. The first time away from home, just traveling around the area for walks, brought me almost to tears. He was terrified! The only thing that could calm him down was his buddy Blade (the Husky)was right next to him and the his crate in the car. Once we had that figured out we started taking short trips in the car almost every day to get him used to it, then we traveled for overnights and it worked out perfectly! Blade close by, treats every time his calmed down and lots of reassuring touching. Now he’s a pro. He’s the first one up the truck as soon as the hatch opens and eager to explore away from home. Moving and travels is just a new and trusted adventure with treats, games, talking and exploring. Baby steps at first, and a dog can win any man-created marathon.

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