7 Amazing Tips for Moving With a Dog

7 Amazing Tips for Moving With a Dog

7 Amazing Tips for Moving With a Dog

Moving is stressful – and when you’re moving with a dog, it can be even harder on everyone involved. However, there are some things you can do to make the move easier on your four-legged family member. This guide explains seven amazing tips for moving with a dog that you can use to smooth out your next move.

7 Tips for Moving With a Dog

Check out these seven tips that can make your move easier on your pup:

  1. Get your dog used to their crate
  2. Update your address on your dog’s microchip
  3. Stick to a regular routine leading up to moving day (and include extra exercise and mental stimulation)
  4. Pack a “doggie bag” with food, treats, toys, medication and other essentials
  5. Hire a pet-sitter or keep your dog confined on moving day
  6. Take a long walk around the neighborhood before going into your new home
  7. Let your dog explore your new home at their leisure

Here’s a closer look at each.

Tip #1 for Moving With Your Dog: Get Your Dog Used to Their Crate Early

If you’re going to be crating your dog during the move, it’s important to get them used to it well in advance. This way, they won’t associate the crate with the stress of moving and will be more likely to feel comfortable in it. Start by feeding your dog their meals in the crate and leaving them in there for short periods of time while you’re home. Eventually, they should start to see it as a safe, comfortable place.

Tip #2 for Moving With Your Dog: Update Your Address on Their Microchip

If your dog has a microchip, be sure to update your contact information with the microchip company before you move. This way, if your dog gets lost during the move or in the first few days in your new home, they can be quickly returned to you.

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Tip #3 for Moving With Your Dog: Stick to a Regular Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit, so it’s important to stick to a regular routine leading up to the move. This means walking them at the same time each day, feeding them at the same time and keeping their other activities as consistent as possible. If you can, try to include extra exercise and mental stimulation in their routine leading up to the move – this will help burn off some of their excess energy and keep them calm on moving day.

Tip #4 for Moving With Your Dog: Pack a “Doggie Bag”

Be sure to pack a “doggie bag” with everything your dog will need on moving day, including food, water, treats, toys, medication and any other essentials. Pack up a dog bed, vet and shot records, and anything else you can think of. (If you start putting this bag together early and add things as soon as you think of them, you can avoid forgetting anything important.)

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Tip #5 for Moving With Your Dog: Hire a Pet-Sitter or Keep Them Confined

On moving day, it’s best to either hire a pet-sitter to take care of your dog or keep them confined in a safe place. This way, they won’t be underfoot and in danger of getting hurt during the move.

Tip #6 for Moving With Your Dog: Take a Long Walk Around the Neighborhood

Before you go into your new home for the first time, take a long walk around the neighborhood with your dog. This will help them get familiar with the new surroundings and start to feel comfortable in their new home.

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Tip #7 for Moving With Your Dog: Let Them Explore at Their Leisure

Once you’re all moved in, let your dog explore their new home at their leisure. Show them where their food and water are, where they can go to the bathroom and any other important places in the house.

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