If you’re about to move house, you’re probably concerned about settling your dog into a new environment. Here are some handy tips to make the transition for your furry friend stress-free and as safe as possible.
Generally, dogs are easier to move than cats because they’re not as affected by stress. However, taking a few special considerations in mind will make life easier for you and your pooch.
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Preparing for the move
To prepare your dog for moving day, try to take him around to the new property to visit. When you get to the new house, give him a treat or a meal to help ease some anxiety about the new location. It’ll also familiarise your dog with the new front yard. If you can tell your dog is suffering from some anxiety (especially with moving boxes around the house), speak to your local veterinarian about therapy or anti-anxiety medication if required.
Much like cats, you should also update your dog’s ID tags and microchip details BEFORE you move.
On moving day
If possible, try to have your dog minded elsewhere. This will help to reduce their anxiety and ensure they don’t get in the way of any removalists. It’s also important to be prepared to clean up after your dog at rest stops on the way to your new house. Carry a roll of paper towels and disposable plastic bags. Never leave your dog in the car for more than a few minutes – this is especially important over summer when the weather is warmer.
Spend as much time as you possibly can with your dog in the lead up to reassure them that you won’t leave them in an unfamiliar space. Where you can, spend a few days with them in the new house. After this, try to do small trips away from home to allow them to adjust.
Barking, digging and more
When you move into any new neighbourhood, you should try to get to know your neighbours to foster some goodwill around your dog. Common courtesy goes a long way and they’ll appreciate knowing you have a dog. If your dog creates any disturbance while you are out, they can let you know. It’ll help you avoid any neighbourhood disputes. In general, most dogs will only bark, dig or develop destructive behaviours when they’re bored, so keeping your dog busy should be your main priority.
Make sure your new home is safe
Before you let your dog out into its new environment, check the following:
- Poisons: Is there anything at ‘nose’ level in your shed, garden or on shelves? Check the garden beds for any snail or rat poison left from a previous owner.
- Fencing – Are there any escape holes in the backyard?
- Chewable objects – To prevent obstruction injuries which could choke or damage your pet’s gastrointestinal system, remove suspect items from around the house. Any old bones or small balls could be a hazard.