If you take your dog on holiday, think about what he or she is like on arrival? Do they settle straight down and sleep, or do they pace around investigating their new surroundings? How your dog behaves on holiday will give you an indication of how they may behave when moving house. If you have never taken your dog on holiday, don’t despair, as we have compiled some top tips to help you move house with your dog.
What to Do When You Move House With a Dog?
Being prepared is the main key to reducing stress during a house move, and the same applies to your dog. Dogs, and pets in general, thrive on a good routine. So, as much as possible keep to your pet’s routine right up to the day of the move. Obviously, you will be busier than usual, so it may be worth asking a friend, or dog walker to walk your dog for you so that they have had enough exercise. We will take a look at how to help your pet cope with the moving process as your move takes place.
Dogs may become unsettled by you packing your house up. If you have ever re-arranged a room you may have noticed your dog seems worried or intrigued by what you are doing. While you are packing it may be best to keep your dog in a different room so that they cannot see you packing up. All dogs are different, and you know your dog best, so just keep an eye on what seems to trigger him.
In the days running up to the move, you will probably be very busy, but this is when it is most beneficial to ensure that your dog has enough exercise. If possible, make sure your dog is very well-exercised in the lead-up to the big day. The other main factor to consider is the journey. If your dog is good at traveling then you do not need to worry, but if you are making a long-distance move or your dog is a poor traveler, make sure you plan your route with plenty of safe stops for your four-legged friend.
Moving Day Tips
If you can find someone to have your dog on the actual day of your move, then this may be the best solution. You can relax knowing that they are cared for and safe, and concentrate on the last-minute tasks associated with moving. If this isn’t possible, then there are a few tips to help with your dog on moving day. Get up early and give your dog a walk before the removal company arrives, that way you will have got rid of the worst of the tickles out of his toes. If the weather is not too hot or cold, and your dog is happy in the car, you may find that this is the best place to leave him. Bear in mind that during the process of packing the removals lorry your house doors will be open and people will be going in and out.
Your dog needs to be kept out of the way of the removal professionals. If he will settle in a crate, pop him in his crate with a toy, or if not allocate one room for him to be in and shut him securely in the room. Put a sign on the door, so that no one inadvertently opens the door and allows him to escape. Once your old home has been packed up, and you have made the move to your new home, repeat the operation. Once the removal company has finished unloading and left, you and your dog will be free to explore your new surroundings.
Tips After Moving
Make sure your dog has a new identification tag with your up-to-date details on it. It is important to update his microchip as well, after your move, so that he can be safely traced back to you. If you moved to a home in a different area, you will need to find a new vet and get your dog and any other pets registered. It is best to do this before you need a vet, as trying to find a vet in an emergency will only add to the stress of the situation. Check out lovely walks in your new neighbourhood, whether you are in the city or the countryside there will be new and exciting walks to discover on your doorstep.
How to Settle a Dog Into a New House?
As soon as possible after moving, pick up your routine. If you always walk your dog first thing, do so the first day in your new house. The familiar routine will settle your dog. It may be wise to invest in a pet tracker, as it will give you the peace of mind of being able to locate your dog if he were to escape, or become confused when being walked. Bring his blankets, beds, and toys to the new house, unwashed, so that the familiar smells will reassure him.
How to Spot Anxiety in Your Dog?
You know your pet better than anyone else, and you will pick up clues that he is not happy. Common signs are withdrawal, tail tucked up, and trembling. If he is bouncing around playing with his toys, then he is probably a happy pet in his new home! Your dog may start doing his business in your new home, but this usually will pass after a few days, and can just mean he is unsettled by the move.
How to Help Your Dog With Their Anxiety?
Exercise, routine, and patience are the golden trio to help your dog with his anxiety around your new home. Dogs are like us, in some respects, and exercise is an amazing antidote to anxiety. Give your pet long walks, (in safe environments) and it will help to reduce his anxiety. Routine is reassuring to all of us, not just your pet! So make sure you create new routines in your new home and stick to them. And be patient. Dogs are incredibly loyal and are wonderful companions, so make allowances for him if he takes some time to settle into his new home.
Moving can be stressful, but with planning and a little patience, everyone, including the dog, will soon be happy in your new home! For professional removal and storage service, see how the team at Watson Removals could help you.