Moving house with your dog

When moving home, people feel the stress as well as their pets. As a dog owner, you might have genuine concerns about how your canine companion will cope with the upheaval. Some people worry that the dog will try to return to their old home if they wander off. Here are some tips for managing your move carefully and with minimum upset for your dog:

During a move, there are boxes everywhere, people coming and go, and normal routines go out the window. This can be very stressful for your pet. During the move you might consider placing your dog in a boarding kennel if you think it would overly stress them out. A boarding kennel will keep your dog safe and calm while you deal with the upheaval of the move. You’ll have the chance to unpack and get everything settled, meaning your dog can return to a normal routine again once home. For Dog Boarding Surrey, provide dog boarding in surrey

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If this isn’t an option, then here are some tips for keeping your dog with you when you move:

Place your pet in one room and keep all windows and doors closed. That way you know your pooch is safe and sound. Remember to tell any removal workers which room your dog is in. Feed as normal but don’t give too much food in case they get sick during transit.

Assign one member of the family to care for the dog on the day of the move. Keep the dog secure on a lead or in a cage if possible. When reaching the new property, again keep your pet in one room until some of the house is sorted. Supply your dog with familiar items like their bed, water and food bowls and toys. A blanket that smells or you and the old house is also a good idea to help them feel secure. Put a sign on the door of the room your dog is in, so the door isn’t opened accidentally.

When things are a little more settled, your dog would probably appreciate a little exercise after being cooped up for most of the day. Towards the end of the day, allow your dog some time to explore the new house, making sure outside doors and windows are secure. It is a good idea to accompany them as they explore so you know exactly where they are, and they feel safer.

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There is no need to keep your dog indoors for a while as you would with a cat, for example. When they go out, ensure a responsible person is always with them and they stay on a lead to begin with. Make sure your pet has their collar on with some form of ID. If your dog has a microchip, remember to inform the company of your change of address details.