Moving with Dogs
Routine is key when moving with dogs, keeping to your pet’s regular routine as much as you can will help.
Whilst it can be tempting to put your dog into kennels or leave your dog with a friend or family, it can be very confusing for the dog not to see what is happening. If possible, a couple of days before your move use a pet diffuser to help calm your pet. Keep your dog with you and ensure they are busy and engaged with puzzle games and regular walks. Leave packing your pet’s toys and belongings until the last minute. Your calmness and being with you should help your dog to settle, and hopefully, see this as a new adventure. If you are moving during the summer and it is warm you may need to consider having a cooling mat or coat to hand.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack your dog’s bed, bowls, etc. provide fresh drinking water, and plugin the pet diffuser. Seeing their familiar items will help your dog to settle. Once the removal team has left and the house is secure allow your dog to explore the house and garden, get back into your regular routine as soon as possible, and make time to walk and play with your dog. As your dog sees more familiar items being unpacked they should feel more secure. Some dogs they may also wish to sleep closer to you while they settle. To minimise any distress while they settle we would suggest that they are only left alone for very short periods of time after the move, this can be built gradually back to normal as they settle and feel more secure.