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Five Tips For Moving With Pets

Five Tips For Moving With Pets

Tips for Moving With Pets

Moving to a new home can be very exciting for the family! Sometimes, though, it’s very stressful on the furry members of the family. Here are some things to remember, tips for moving with pets:

  • When possible, it’s a good idea to leave the dog with a friend they know during the actual move. This will keep them out of your way and away from possible accidents.Five tips for moving with your dog
  • The other option is to crate your dog while moving the furniture. Make sure the crate is large enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably. The best way to keep your pet safe is to keep them out of the way.
  • Packing over a longer period of time, rather than a day or two, can be less stressful on your dog. Dogs, especially don’t like change. If the change is gradual, they won’t be affected as drastically.
  • Make sure that you pack their items, bed, food and water dish, toys, etc. in a separate, easy-to-find box.
  • One easy trick is to make sure that they have belongings that smell like you, their people! Having a familiar scent in a strange place can make the transition easier. All you would need to do is put their toys in your laundry hamper for a few days, and they will smell just like you!!

Introducing your dog to your new home

Moving into your new home is often a stressful for a pet, however there are a lot of things that we can do to make this transition easier on them, which in the end makes it easier on us!

  • Your dog may not know where to “go” in a new home. When you bring them to your new place, take them immediately to the designated place so they can “do their business”. Be sure to reward them with praise.
  • For puppies, be sure to let them out as often as possible the first few days.
  • Keep in mind that a puppy can “hold it” for about 1 hour for every month they are old. Be sure to give them time for this during the move as well as after the move.

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Settling Your Cat into the New House

  • First, cat-proof the new house. Make sure that all windows have secure screens, remove any poisonous houseplants and confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house.
  • As soon as you get to your new place, take your cat to a room that will remain relatively quiet. Before opening the carrier, set up your cat’s food and water dishes, litter box and bed. Place some cat treats around the room to encourage your cat to explore.
  • Keep your cat in this one “home-base” room for his first several days, to keep him from getting overwhelmed. Keeping your cat in one room will also make it easy for him to find his litter box, food and water.
  • Spend time with your cat in his home-base room, at first doing low-key activities like reading or watching TV. When he begins to explore, offer your cat attention, treats and playtime.
  • When the unpacking is over, gradually give your cat access to the rest of the house. Cats are naturally curious, and as soon as they feel secure, they will want to investigate their new digs.
  • Provide a second litter box where you’ll want to keep one permanently, keeping the box available in the home-base room for a few weeks. Once your cat has settled in, you can remove the first box. You can keep the home-base litter box but gradually transfer it to a preferable location.

Moving with petsFor other great tips on house training your pet, and tips for moving with pets, please visit The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or The Humane Society of Frederick.

Some great links for help when moving with pets include:

Pets Welcome – a great website for finding pet friendly hotels, for those long distance moves
Air Animal (pet movers) – for the really, really long distance moves
Atlas World Group — great advice for moving
Pet Friendly Travel Guide — good resource with links to great information


The Highland Group
eXp Realty
Frederick, Md 21701

Five Tips For Moving With Pets
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Five Tips For Moving With Pets
Some tips for moving with pets. We can't forget the furry family members when we are moving to a new house, here are some tips for moving with our pets.

6 Responses to Five Tips For Moving With Pets

  1. Try and sustain some reliability when establishing up your pups dog crate and meals. If his dog crate was in the existing room area within earshot of the tv before the shift, place it there again.

  2. […] Are the kids too young to help move boxes? Will they be more of a hassle than a help to have around on the big day? Find a babysitter or ask grandma to lend a hand by watching the kids for the day. You are going to save yourself a lot of extra work by not having to run around after the children and yell at them to stop climbing on the boxes. The same goes for pets. Pets can get in the way while moving, and you don’t want them to be neglected in a chaotic and new setting. See if someone can do you a favor and watch Fido and Fluffy for the day. Moving can be a difficult transition for pets who are territorial and have been familiar with their surroundings for many years. Prevent excess confusion for them by moving them in after things are in place. Check out this article by real estate blogger Karen Highland for more Tips for Moving with Pets. […]

  3. Thanks for your comment. It’s good to hear that crates are good dog care, so often pet-lovers feel that it’s not a happy experience for the dog, when nothing could be further from the truth.

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