Animals are often sensitive to changes in their routine and surroundings, more so than most people realise. Understanding how a move can affect your dog will help you to plan ahead and make it as stress-free as possible for them.
We’ve consulted our in-house specialists in pet moving to provide specific advice to help your beloved family member feel at ease.
Before the move – plan ahead
- Register with a local vets in your new area
- Update the address on your dog’s microchip and/or collar
- Ensure all vaccinations and paperwork are up-to-date, including any medication stock(s) your dog will need
- Arrange for any dog escape routes in your new home to be fixed
Top tip: if your dog is sensitive to fireworks and loud noise, avoid moving on or around major celebrations
Can your dog stay with friends or family on moving day? It is usually advised, however, if this can’t be arranged please see our advice below:
- Make sure your dog is well exercised prior to the moving process
- Set aside a doggy room with their food, water, bed, toys and blankets
- Put a sign on the door and make sure the removal team are aware there is a dog in the room
- Assign one person to be responsible for checking up on your dog throughout the day
- Prepare a box filled with all your dog’s essentials for moving (towel, water, poop bags, treats, lead etc.) and pack these things last
Top Tip: Keep your dog’s routine as normal as possible (walks, feed times etc.) and don’t wash your dog’s bedding prior to moving – their own smell will be familiar and comforting to them.
Travelling to your new home
- Make sure your dog is well exercised before you travel
- Keep your vehicle cool and make sure the car is well ventilated
- Stop regularly for toilet breaks and ensure your dog has access to fresh water
- Never leave a dog inside a hot car
- Always make sure your dog is on a lead before you let them out
Top Tip: If your dog is prone to travel sickness, it is advised to not feed him/ her for 3-4 hours before travelling
Arriving at your new home
There will be new smells, sights and noises in your new home, which may take some time for your dog to get used to.
- Make sure your dog is kept on the lead when first arriving at your new home
- Unpack the doggy box you prepared and make sure they have their bedding straight away
- Let your dog outside (advisably on a lead) to explore the new environment
Top Tip: It may help if someone stays at home for the first few days to help them settle in. Make sure you look out for signs of dog anxiety, such as a loss of appetite, uncharacteristic behaviours or whimpering/ whining more than usual. Consult your vet if you have any concerns.
We wish you a very happy move with your dog! At Pickfords, we understand that all dogs are different. Should you have any questions, or would like more information on our pet moving service within the U.K or overseas, see here.