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As stressful as your big moving day will be for you, it will be even worse for your dog. A new home means new smells and sights, while the move itself can mean plenty of unfamiliar people and loud noises. At best, your dog could decide to make friends with your removers and get under everyone’s feet, while at worst they could try to run away!

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to plan ahead and ensure that your dog will not only get through the move unscathed, but will also be able to get adjusted to your new home in no time at all!

Boarding kennel

If your moving day is going to be particularly busy or you have a long distance move, you may want to save yourself a considerable amount of stress and simply put your dog in a boarding kennel. This will keep them out of harm’s way for a few days, allowing you to get everything ready for them at your new home.

For this to work, you will need to make the booking in plenty of time. You will also need to make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, or they might not be accepted.

If this fails, you can always ask a friend or family member to look after your dog for you. This could help you have a stress free moving day and make sure they have enough food and water.

Safe space

If you are planning to take your dog with you on the moving day itself, it will be important to keep them out of everybody’s way. A good way to do this is to set up a ‘safe space’ for them: a closed room where the dog settles while you take care of everything else.

That said, a safe space can also be a valuable tool for when you move into your new home. It can provide a base camp which you can use to gradually introduce your dog to its new surroundings and make it feel comfortable.

To set up the safe space, make sure that you give your dog its toys, bed, bowls and blankets. It can even be a good idea to give it a piece of clothing that smells of you, as the scent will help it to feel secure. Next, make sure that the windows and doors are closed. It can also be a good idea to put a sign up on the entrance, as this should prevent any removers from checking inside and letting the dog out.

Travelling with your dog

While it can be a good idea to take your dog with you for the trip, that does not mean that you can simply keep it loose in your car or removal van. They’re not always dog friendly and this could cause the dog to get injured, or even get in your way as you try to drive.

Instead, you will want to invest in a secure travelling crate. This should NOT just be any old box, especially one made of cardboard. Next, make sure the crate is secured down, rather than storing it loosely in the boot or a foot well. The best solution will usually be to take a passenger with you who can hold the crate, though tying it down should also be relatively simple.

If you would prefer for the dog to travel outside a crate, you could invest in a special harness (do NOT simply use a seat belt). There are also fitted guards to keep dogs in boots, though this can still be dangerous if you drive too quickly.

During the journey you will also want to make sure that the car is well ventilated, especially if you are moving on a hot day. It should also go without saying that you must never leave your dog inside a hot car, or they could become seriously ill.

If you are making a long trip it will be a good idea to plan a few stops in order to stretch your legs and get some air. This should help to keep your dog calm, and you can also use it as a chance to drink some water and use the bathroom. You may even want to sedate them for the journey, though you should only ever do this after asking a vet for advice.

Finally, be sure to feed your dog WELL in advance of starting the journey. I’m sure we don’t have to tell you why!

Familiar Scents

It is no secret that dogs have a highly advanced sense of smell. You smell familiar, which makes them feel safe around you, and so on. This is something else that you can take advantage of in order to make the transition easier for your four-legged friend.

One trick is to take a cloth or towel and rub it over the dog’s belly to help comfort them. Not only can you then place it in the dog’s moving crate, you can also rub it over the bottom of the furniture in your new home to help the dog see it as their new territory.

Another option is ask your vet to recommend an artificial pheromone. Spraying these in your dog’s crate and bed can work wonders, though it will also be a good idea to make the dog sleep in the crate for the first few days.

Routine

One of the best ways to help your dog feel more at ease in a new location is to establish a routine as soon as possible. For your dog, this could start with small and frequent meals to help assure them, as well as morning and evening walks. You could even use it as an excuse to explore your new home!

If your dog gets stressed easily, you may have to expect one or two accidents. Stay calm and do not punish the dog too harshly when they make a mess – they’re nervous, after all – and be sure to praise them when they follow the rules.

Identification

With everything going on during and after the move, there is always a danger that your dog could try to get away. As such, it will be crucial to update the dog’s identification, so that anyone who finds them can let you know as soon as possible.

Start by calling the company linked to your dog’s microchip and let them know your new address and phone number. Next, buy some new tags for your dog with the updated information.

If you are not moving particularly far away, there is also a chance that your dog may try to run back to your old home. Take the time to warn your neighbours, as well as the person moving into your old house, and give them your phone number just in case.

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