Keeping your dog safe & happy when moving house

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dog in moving boxMoving house is as stressful for your dog as it is for you, but careful planning will help to soften the trauma.

Involve your dog in the packing-up as much as possible. Don’t lock him away, but keep him among the family so he can see what’s going on. Keep to his normal routine as much as possible, maintaining his schedule of walks and keeping his food dish in its normal place.

If at all possible take your dog to the new home before moving day. Let him sniff around and become familiar with his soon-to-be new home, both inside & out. By walking with him and talking to him in a positive manner as he investigates, you will convey a sense of security. If you express anxiety or apprehension, he will almost certainly be quick to pick up on it.

If a “preview” of his new home is out of the question, on moving day follow the procedure in the preceding paragraph. No matter how busy you may be with the movers and the boxes, it’s important to take the time to introduce the dog to his new surroundings. Place his food and water in an area similar to where it had been at the old premises. Provide him with something to play with. Give him lots of extra hugs for reassurance, and all this will help him to feel settled.

It is advisable to keep a close watch on your dog, especially when he is outside, for a few days after moving. It will often take a few days or weeks for him to become accustomed to his new environment. Keep to his routine as closely as you can, and make sure he has his new address on his collar.