Top tips for moving your dog

We all know how stressful moving can be, but it can be the same for our pets too.

We've teamed up with Pets at Home to provide you with some hints and tips to try and help you have a stress free move to your new home, with a delighted dog at the end of it.

Take a look at our top tips for moving with your dog video below. 

Tip One


Moving house can be a difficult time for both you and your dog.

There can be many worries which you as an owner will have about moving your dog to a new home such as them not settling or getting lost in their new environment.

If you're worried about your dog and how they will cope with the move then you could consider putting them into kennels for the duration of the move.

Once you have then moved in and everything is unpacked and in order in your new home, you can collect your dog.

This is a great way to minimise the stress they experience and, it also means you can make a big fuss over them when they do finally move in!

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Tip Two


Moving to a new home can frightening experience for any pet.

With all the change and disruption which goes along with a move, it's important to try and make arrangements to minimise the impact for your dog.

To start, we'd recommend creating some comfortable and familiar surroundings for your dog to make the moving process easier.

This will cut down the stress for your dog and hopefully make settling into their new home a quicker and easier process.

A couple of tips on how to do this are

  • When you move to your new home make sure you have a comfortable spot ready for your dog’s arrival. Set aside a specific room which you can fill with all your dog’s favourite goodies and treats to make them feel comfortable.
  • Often homeowners like to start afresh and buy new equipment such as food bowls and toys, but after a restless journey to your new home, your dog will appreciate the comfort and familiarity of its own things. Having them around will make the moving process easier and help them to settle in to their new surroundings!
  • Try to introduce your dog to its new home gradually by keeping it in one or two rooms at first. This will mean they won't be overwhelmed, and will give them time to get used to their new surroundings.
  • Another good tip is to keep your dog on its lead which will allow them to explore their new surroundings with the confidence that you are near them.

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Tip Three


Our pets can get stressed just like we can.

Big changes such as moving to a new home can cause unwanted behaviours in our dog due to the stress that they encounter.

There are many options to try and treat a stressed dog but many owners would rather not use drugs.

An alternative is to used pheremones based products.

Dog pheromone products are said to mimic natural dog pheromones and come in various forms, including sprays, plug-in diffusers, wipes, and collars.

They help to calm your dog when they inhale them. A good tip is to spray the pheremones inside your dogs carrier before you transport them to the new home. This should keep them calm and minimise the stress of the move.

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Tip Four


Through all stages of the moving process it is important to try and minimise the stress and anxiety your dog may feel.

When you arrive at your new home try and ensure one room is sorted out so that your dog can stay out of the way of the chaos of unloading of your belongings.

Try and fill the room with familiar things to your dog so that they feel at home.

Once you have moved into your new home it is important to try and ensure your dog is relaxed as soon as possible.

One way to do this is to try and accompany them around your new home for the first time.

This should ensure that they don't feel overwhelmed or scared in their new surroundings.

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Tip Five


Before letting your dog outside you should make sure that their ID tag is changed and updated with your new contact details.

You should also make sure that their microchip database entry is updated with your new homes details. 

This will ensure that if in the worst case scenario you do loose your dog, then they will be able to be returned to you.

To ensure that the worst doesn't happen, for the first few days at least, exercise your dog on the lead.

If you do feel that you want to give your dog more freedom then you can always purchase an extendable lead. 

This should give a good compromise between restraining them and letting them have some freedom in their new surroundings.

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