Moving home can be an exciting yet stressful experience, not just for you but also for your beloved furry friend. Dogs are creatures of habit and can become anxious when their routine and environment change. As a responsible pet owner, it’s crucial to consider your dog’s needs during the moving process to ensure a smooth transition to your new house.

Discover our valuable tips on moving home with your dog, making the experience as stress-free as possible for you and your four-legged companion.

Do dogs struggle with moving house? 

The few days or even a few weeks around moving house can be a stressful time for every household or family member, including your dog. Help your dog move without too much disruption by preparing your dog for the move, keeping your dog calm during moving day and allowing them time to adjust to their new environment. 

Preparing Your Dog for the Move

Before the big day, it’s essential to prepare your dog for the upcoming change. Start by gradually packing your belongings, allowing your dog to become accustomed to the sight of boxes and the altered layout of your home. Maintain your dog’s usual routine, including feeding times, walks, and playtime, to provide a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos of moving.

It’s also a good idea to ensure your dog’s collar identification tags and microchip details are updated with your new address and contact details. This precaution can be a lifesaver if your dog becomes lost during the move or in your new neighbourhood.

Moving Day: Keeping Your Dog Safe and Comfortable

On moving day, the commotion, loud noises and constant opening of doors can overwhelm your dog. To keep your dog safe and comfortable in their new space, designate a quiet room or area where they can stay during the loading process. Make sure they have their favourite toys, a comfortable dog bed, and plenty of water. If possible, ask a friend or family member to watch your dog or consider booking them into a doggy daycare facility for the day to minimise stress.

When it’s time to transport your dog to your new home, ensure they are securely fastened in a crate or restrained with a harness and seatbelt in your vehicle. Take breaks during long journeys for toilet breaks and to offer water and reassurance if your dog is not used to travelling in a vehicle. 

Settling into Your New House or Apartment

Once you’ve arrived at your new home, try to let your dog settle and give them time to adjust to their new surroundings. Introduce them to a designated area, such as a room with their bed, toys, and a water bowl. Allow them to explore this space at their own pace, offering plenty of praise and treats for positive behaviour.

Gradually introduce your dog to the rest of your new home, ensuring that any potential hazards, such as loose wires or toxic plants, are removed or secured. Stick to your dog’s familiar routine as much as possible, including feeding times and walks, to help them feel more at ease in their new house.

Help your Dog Adjust – Exploring Your New Neighbourhood

Once your dog has settled into your new home, it’s time to explore your new area together. Take them on short walks around your new home, allowing them to familiarise themselves with new sights, sounds, and smells. Be patient and keep initial walks brief, gradually increasing the duration as your dog becomes more comfortable.

This is also an excellent opportunity to locate essential amenities such as your local vet, pet stores, and dog-friendly parks or green spaces. 

Moving House with SureStore’s Home Storage Service

Moving with your dog can be made even easier by taking advantage of SureStore’s home storage service. Our secure, purpose-built storage units are perfect for keeping your belongings safe during the moving process, allowing you to focus on your dog’s needs and making the transition to your new home as smooth as possible.

With a range of unit sizes available and flexible rental periods, SureStore’s home storage service can accommodate your specific requirements. Our friendly, professional team is always on hand to offer advice and support, ensuring that your storage experience is stress-free and convenient.

To discover more about how SureStore’s home storage service can help simplify your move, visit your nearest SureStore location today. Our team of self-storage experts can discuss your requirements and help you find the perfect storage solution for your needs.