The house move and Fido – Tips for moving with your dog

Moving home can be an incredibly stressful time for a dog, and whilst it’s in their nature to adapt to a new environment, it can nevertheless take some time and effort to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Here are five straightforward tips for helping your furry friend cope with the move and the new life that awaits them beyond.

1. Maintain their daily routine

Dogs are creatures of habit, so it’s important that you maintain their everyday routine, including their highlights of each day, such as their feeding times and walks.

2. Make sure your dog is microchipped

It’s now the law to ensure that your dog is microchipped, however many dog owners are yet to get around to this important task. If you’re moving then this task has just become all the more important, should your dog get lost in their new neighbourhood it’s highly unlikely they’ll be able to find their way home as they may have done in their old area.

If you already have your dog microchipped, then you’ll need to get in touch with the company to update their details.

3. Prepare your dog with walks around their new neighbourhood

You can help your dog adapt to their new neighbourhood by having a few walks around the area beforehand.

4. Organise a dog sitter for the day of the move

Move day is a frantic time filled with stress (which dogs can all too easily pick up on). It’s best if you arrange a dog sitter away from the home for the day itself, or at least keep your pet away in a separate room with their water bowl and a few toys.

5. Double check that your new outside space is secure

Before you allow your dog free reign in your new garden you should inspect the perimeter in full to ensure it’s completely secure.

6. Update their dog tag with your new information

You may have updated your dog’s microchip, but what about their dog tag? This will be the first thing someone checks should they come across your dog wandering the streets.

7. Give your dog plenty of cuddles, reassurance and a new toy

For a while at least your new home is going be a little unsettling for your dog – you can help alleviate their stress by simply providing them with plenty of cuddles, reassurance and potentially a new chew toy.

We know a thing or two about home moves and how stressful they can be for our canine companions. With Fido now organised, allow us to lighten your load with a smooth, home move. Call our team on 01904 375 995 or email the office via [email protected] and we’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.