Moving house can be one of the most stressful things we do, along with having a baby and planning a wedding. It’s no wonder so many couples get divorced before the moving truck has even unloaded at the other end! So many boxes to pack, children to entertain, forms to fill in, keys to collect – when does it all end? And this whole time, your beloved pooch is standing by, bewildered and slightly overwhelmed by the many new smells he is experiencing. Paint, cleaning solutions, people viewing the home, removal company, boxes, packing materials – your dog is dealing with a lot of new information all at once! And he’s probably not getting quite as much attention as usual, because you just don’t have the time to give it to him at the moment.
This is exactly why it could be a good idea to put your dog into kennels. Whether you’re moving locally, or far away, your dog could really benefit from being in a neutral place away from all the chaos. Dogs get very attached to the smells and goings on at their home, so when everything is being packed away and different people are coming and going all the time, it can send them a bit doolally.
Here are some tips to help you set your dog up for a move:
Before You Go
Get Them Familiar With The New House And Area
If you can, take your dog on trips to see the new house. Let him sniff everywhere so he will have already built up a good store of information about his new surroundings, ready for when he moves there permanently.
Plan Your Packing
This is something you should do anyway, regardless of your dog! Don’t leave it until a week before moving day to pack up the house. Take your time packing so it doesn’t stress you out or unsettle your dog.
Get Your Dogs ID Sorted
If your dog is microchipped and you know your moving date, plan to get the information on the chip changed in time for the move. You should also get new collar ID tags printed as well.
Get The Travel Sorted
Even if you leave your dog at a dog boarding London company throughout the move, he will still need to be picked up and collected to be taken to the new home. If it is a long journey you could talk to your vet about sedation, or perhaps some relaxing pheromone spray- dependent on the dog.
When You Go
Put Your Dog In Boarding Kennels
Ideally you will be able to put your dog into boarding kennels for a few days while you move out and get settled in to your new home. Although you might worry about your dog missing you for a few days, it really is a much better option for him than being surrounded by chaos on the day you move home.
Put Your Dog Away
If you aren’t going to board your dog during the move, keep him in a room with all his favourite toys with a sign on the door that tells everyone he is in there. If he is running around while you pack the moving van he could run out into the road, run away or simply get really stressed amongst the chaos.
Pack Pooches Items Last
Make sure you pack your dogs item last so you can unpack them first when you get to your new home. If your dog does go into kennels you’ll want to rub your dogs favourite toys around the new home so he is greeted with familiar smells when he arrives.
After You Are Settled In
Spend Time With Pooch At The New Place
It is important you spend time with your dog at your new home. It can be tempting to collect the dog from boarding, drop him off and then go out and explore the area alone – this isn’t fair on the dog. If you don’t want little territory markings and anxiety damp patches all over your new home, you must spent some time playing with your dog and reassuring your dog in your new property.
Secure The Garden
Make sure the garden is secure before you let your dog out to the toilet.
As long as you consider your dogs needs throughout your move, and you remember that it can be just as stressful for him as it is you (in different ways!) then you’re sure to get him settled in eventually. He might offer you the odd accident, panic bark or odd behaviour, but that’s normal, just be patient, kind and reassuring.