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Does moving affect dogs?

Moving can be a stressful experience for most of us…now imagine how your dog feels! Suddenly your pup is leaving the freedom of their yard, their favorite snuggle spot, or the comfort of their kibble dish in the kitchen! Not to worry, your pet will be settled right into their new home in no time. In the spirit of keeping your dogs happy, here are some tips that will help you and your pup before, during, and after your move.

How do you move a dog to a new home?

Before the move

Start planning early by considering the potential options for moving your pet. If you are planning on moving with your car, keep in mind that your dog might not be used to a packed and fully loaded car. If your dog isn’t used to being in confined spaces, it is a good idea to start training them a few days or weeks before your move. It may be a good idea to keep your dog in a crate during the move, to avoid interference with the moving team.

Dogs tend to get uneasy when they notice that you’re planning a trip or leaving, so look into getting a few boxes and packing materials ahead of the move and placing them around the house. This will give your pets some time to adjust to the boxes, so as to not trigger any anxious behavior. 

If possible, and you are moving within a reasonable distance, see if you have the time before the move to take your pup for a walk through the new neighborhood. It will assist them in adapting and adjusting, and soon, they will feel comfortable with their new walking route!

Is moving stressful for dogs?

We wouldn’t advise using sedatives for your dogs, for example, Acepromazine, as this can make the moving process more stressful for them. If necessary, you can find vets that are in your town or along the route on

During the move

Do not leave your pets loose during a move, instead keep them in a crate nearby. Fill the crate with toys and treats to keep them occupied and entertained. Additionally, you can leave your dog with a trusted friend, doggy daycare, or a pet sitter while you complete your move. is a great website to find pet-friendly hotels. 

When loading the crate for your pup in the car, ensure it is in the back seat and do not forget to put the seatbelt threaded through the bars to ensure the safety of your pet.

Do not leave your pets loose during a move, instead keep them in a crate nearby.

How long does it take for a dog to adjust to a move?

After the move

All dogs are different, but to speed up the time it takes for your dog to settle in, match your pup’s routine and actions to their old home. If their water bowl was under the table in your old kitchen, place their water bowl under the table at your new kitchen. If they usually slept next to the TV before, do the same at your new home.

Before letting them out into the yard to explore, make sure to check it out yourself to ensure it is safe for them. If there is a fence, check for any holes or sharp edges.