Routines and familiar surroundings are very important for dogs. When it comes to moving house both of these can be really thrown into disarray. However, there are some measures you can take during the house moving process to help your dog deal with the upheaval of moving and prioritise their welfare.
Your dog will know your routine and this will give them a sense of security. They’ll know when to expect to be fed and walked etc. A break from this normality can make them feel stressed, so it’s important to try and maintain these routines during the moving period, as much as you can.
If your move is within the UK, you’ll need to be prepared for transporting your dog in your car. Depending on the length of the journey and how well your dog generally copes with being in a car, it may well be worth consulting with a vet to find out how to best tackle the journey. For some animals who suffer with motion sickness, a vet may be able to prescribe medication to counteract this, for example.
If the move is to another country, speak to the removals company who are co-ordinating the removal of your household effects and/ or vehicles as they will be able to recommend a trusted pet relocation specialist. It’s advisable to have a recommendation from a moving company to ensure that you do select the best and most professional pet shipper. This will of course need to be done early on in the process to ensure enough time for the necessary procedures and documentation to be completed for your pet.
Dogs are of course also highly sensitive to scent and so cleaning your new property will be really important for your dog. It may be that the previous owners had dogs or other animals and you’ll need to eradicate these smells as best you can to help your dog to settle into their new environment. When you are cleaning think of high frequency areas that your dog and other animals come into contact with and pay particular attention to these places.
On moving day itself, it’s advisable not to have your dog on the premises when the removal company arrive. The removal crew will need to have the doors open to access the property and will be going back and forth to the van and will need to move without being obstructed. It’s safer to have a friend or relative to look after your dog elsewhere during this time. Once you’ve arrived at the new property, the removal crew have finished unloading and departed and you’ve been able to clean and restore some order to the property, you can then collect your dog and dedicate the time needed to help them to settle into their new home.
Don’t forget to make sure that the dogs’ microchip details are updated with the new address. If your dog does ever become lost, it will be imperative that this information is accurate to help you be reunited.