Moving with a Dog

Moving supervisor.

Moving supervisor.

Don’t forget to pack me!

Don’t forget to pack me!

Keeping out a favourite bed helps keep routines the same.

Keeping out a favourite bed helps keep routines the same.

Moving can be stressful for dogs! Here are a bunch of tips to make the transition smoother.

Moving can be stressful for dogs! Here are a bunch of tips to make the transition smoother.

Moving is a really stressful time for us but it’s also a stressful time for our dog. Here are a few of our tips to help make the moving process a little simpler.

Firstly wait as long as possible to start packing. I find this one super tough because I want to be super organised and have everything packed as far in advance as possible. But having stacks of boxes around and having our possessions disappear into boxes tips our dog Ada off that something unusual is going on. Just like when you pack your suitcases before a holiday can make your dog nervous packing boxes triggers them in the same way. We try to set a day aside just before we move out to pack. If you have a close friend, family or sitter that your dog enjoys visiting it can be good to send them for a visit while you pack.

Our second tip is to keep out familiar objects. It can be tempting to pack all your dog things in boxes to move or store but we make the effort to keep as many familiar items out and move them in the car as is possible. Having your dogs favourite bedding, toys and bowls helps to keep things normal!

Routine is everything! Dogs are really creatures of habit. Ada even has certain spots where she has to cross the road on our walks. With that in mind keep routines as normal as possible, that could be feeding and walking times or even going on the same walking route for as long as possible before moving.

Take them out while the removalists are there. Your dog feels that it’s main job is to protect you and your house from intruders. With that in mind having removalists come in and walk out all your belongings is highly stressful for your dog. This is another time that it’s great to send them off for a visit to someone they are comfortable with or take them for a long walk while the removalists are packing.

Finally, tire them out. It’s often said that a tired dog is a good dog and we’ve found that to be especially true while moving. When you first move into a new place or if you’re staying in a few places before settling down try adding in some extra walks or play times. It helps your dog settle into a new location as they build familiarity with their new neighborhood and helps them to not be too bored while you’re unpacking.