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How to settle your dog when moving home

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Are you moving house? Do you need to downsize or move to a different part of the country? Or maybe you want to purchase a new build house that suits your growing family?

Whatever your reason for moving, it can cause a significant disruption to your daily life – not just for you, but your furry family members too! That’s why we’ve put together these top tips on how to settle your dog when moving house.

Stick to familiar routines

During the move, it’s important to stick to your dog’s usual routine as much as possible. Moving can be chaotic, but feeding, walking and playing with your pet at the same time as usual will give them the consistency they need during this period of change.

If you’re moving a considerable distance and need to go away for property visits or anything else, consider getting a homesitter to take care of your house and dog.

They can provide comfort to your furry family member by following their typical routine as you navigate the move.

Create a safe space

Once you have the keys to your new property, create a safe space for your pet to relax and unwind.

The RSPCA advises giving your dog “a comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place to rest undisturbed.” They also advise making their home “safe, secure and free from hazards”.

This could be anything from a cosy corner of the living room to a spot under the stairs. You could pop their dog bed here and some toys to help them feel at ease in the new space.

Start with small steps

Just like humans, pets need time to acclimatise and familiarise themselves with their new home. To avoid overwhelming your dog, start slow by introducing them gently to their immediate surroundings.

Let them sniff and explore your new house and take them out to discover the new garden. From the moment you head in, enforce any rules as to where they can go.

For example, if you don’t want your dog to go upstairs, do commands, praise and reward techniques straight away so they learn the boundaries of the new home.

Then, take them out on walks around their new neighbourhood to get them used to the sights, sounds and smells. You could take them on trips to a local dog-friendly park or café where they can socialise with other furry friends.

By sticking to your dog’s typical routine, creating a safe space in your new home and starting with small steps to familiarise them with the new environment, you can help your dog feel settled and secure throughout your house move.


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