Helping your dog move home

Moving home is a stressful time for everyone. So, spare a thought for your dog who has no idea what is happening. Your dog’s daily routine will be disrupted, the smells and the environment it is familiar with will change which can be very unsettling for them. It’s no wonder many dogs get as stressed as their owners.

How to help your dog move house - Dachshund with ball

As part of our pet-friendly lettings scheme which matches pet owners in London with properties where pets are welcome, we have partnered with The Dogs Trust to provide the following advice on helping your dog move home:

Prior to moving day:

  • See if a friend or family member could take care of your pet while you move. Or, put your dog into kennels for a short time. Seeing you pack up your house can be very stressful for your dog so it’s advisable to remove him from the situation whenever possible
  • Update your dog’s microchip and ID tag in advance. If your dog runs away during or after the move, it’s important that you can be contacted immediately
  • If you are moving away, register with a new veterinary practice in the area before you move
  • If your dog is prone to travel sickness or anxiety, ask your vet about anti-sickness medication and other ways to make the journey less stressful for him

Moving day:

  • If you have to keep your dog with you on moving day, try to keep his routine as normal as possible to avoid stress
  • Ensure your dog has access to fresh water at all times during the move but avoid feeding him 3-4 hours before travelling in case he is sick
  • Pack up toys, bowls and bedding at the last minute as these will be comforting to your dog as you pack the rest of your belongings
  • Try to keep your dog in one room to keep him safe and so that you always know where he is
  • If you are using a removal firm, let them know that you have a pet and which room you will be keeping him in so that they don’t frighten him or let him out of the room

Settling your dog into your new home:

    • When you reach your new home, keep your dog in one room with his bed and toys around him while you unpack. Maybe give him a blanket or towel that smells of the old house to make him feel secure
    • If possible, nominate a family member to be responsible for the dog so you know he’s being looked after while the rest of you are busy with other things
    • When you’ve unpacked, let your dog explore the house with you. He will probably appreciate a walk too after being kept indoors all day
    • Lett him out to explore his new area. Although it’s best to keep him on the lead until you’re sure he knows he’s found his bearings
    • Use food and a regular routine to help your dog settle in. Small frequent meals will give you more contact initially and help to reassure your dog that all is well. By knowing when and where feeding will take place, the dog can anticipate the meal rather than worry about it

    Finally, good luck!

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