How to Make Moving Day Go Smoothly When You Have a Dog

roberto-nickson-g-590898-unsplashFor pet owners, there are many kinds of change that don’t come easy. From bringing home a new baby to moving into a new home, some dogs don’t take kindly to things being different, and it can lead to behavioral issues and even stress, which can affect every dog differently. However, change is a part of life, and just about every family must face it at some point. If you’re moving and your dog is easily stressed or becomes anxious, it’s important to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible for him.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can achieve this while making the move less stressful. Planning well beforehand will help, but you’ll also need to be prepared as much as possible for your pet’s needs. This means keeping him safe and comfortable on moving day, creating a packing room in your home so that there aren’t boxes everywhere to cause anxiety, and going over training techniques so that he’ll mind his manners when there are strangers in your home.

Here are a few tips on how to make moving day go smoothly when you have a dog.

Create a packing room

It’s a good idea to designate an area to keep packing supplies and finished boxes, not just for your pet’s sake, but for the safety and comfort of everyone in the house. If possible, pack up one room completely and use the empty space to keep all your extra boxes, packing materials, tape, scissors, trash bags, and cleaning supplies. Leave the door closed so your dog won’t explore and possibly get hurt.

Plan on doggy daycare

 Moving day comes with a lot of details and activity, and your pet can become injured or lost in the process. Consider boarding him while the movers get everything in order. This way, he can play and have fun while you’re taking care of business, and you won’t have to worry about his safety (especially since you already have enough to worry about). If you can’t send your pup away for the day, you can hire a dog walker to take him for a long walk while you’re moving.

Keep his favorite things

Pets can become very attached to their belongings, and changing them or removing them from the home can be traumatic, especially for rescue dogs who spent time in a shelter. While it may be tempting to buy all-new items for your pet to bring to the new home, think about holding onto the old ones—at least for a little while—to help make the transition smooth for him. This means bringing his bed, favorite toys, and food dishes and putting them in a place similar to where they were in the old house.

Introduce your pet to the home ahead of time

If possible, introduce your pet to the new home before moving day. This way, he can explore the yard, get used to the new smells and sounds, and take a look at his new digs so it won’t all be a giant surprise to him.


It’s important to go through your new home as soon as possible and pet-proof it to make sure it’s safe for your dog. Not only could there be slip or trip hazards on the unfamiliar floors, the backyard might have plants that are poisonous to dogs, or access to a pool or other body of water that could prove dangerous. Look at your house the way you would if you were preparing for a child’s safety, and get it done before moving day for your own peace of mind. Go here for more tips on pet-proofing.

Making a move into a new home is a lot of work, so planning ahead and finding the right people to help on the big day are imperative. Reach out to friends and family for help and support, especially if one of them can take care of your pet while you’re getting settled in, and remember to give your pup lots of love and attention to ease his fears about all the change.

9 Steps For Moving Into Your New Home

Adjusting to new life changes and getting back into a normal routine is often challenging. This is true for adapting to a new life in a new house. Whether it is a preowned home or new build, this list will help smooth the transition of one of your life’s most significant changes: moving into a new home.canstockphoto6009263

1. Change the locks

When the closing is over and you have gotten the keys to your new house, it’s time to buy and install new locks on all exterior doors. Previous owners, realtors and anyone that provided maintenance on the house could all have a set of keys to the current locks.

2. Change your address

First start by contacting the local post office and ask what you need to do for a change of address. Next contact all creditors, magazine subscriptions and anyone else that you could miss an issue or bill.

3. Set Up Utilities

This can be as simple as contacting the previous owners for the utilities companies’ contact information when you’re moving into a preowned home. You will want to have the basic services in your name before you move in these include electricity, gas, water, sewer, garbage, cable, internet and possibly telephone.

4. Locate Necessary Features (main breaker, water shut offs, smoke detectors, etc)

In case of an emergency, you need to know where the main circuit breaker is located along with the location of the water shut offs. Make sure that you understand the labeling on the breaker. Label it yourself before moving in if it is unlabeled.

5. Clean, Clean, Clean

One you have the utilities turned on, you are ready to start freshening up your new home. Some folks may leave the home clean for you and some may not. In either case, it’s always a good idea to wipe out cupboards, sweep and mop floors, wash the windows and baseboards.

6. Fresh coat of paint

Once you have everything spic-and- span, you can apply a fresh coat of paint. This will be much easier to do before all of your furniture and belongings are moved in. Remember that you can always hire professionals if you are short on time.

7. Install new switch plates and other mismatched items

Preowned homes have likely gone through many renovations which can leave mismatched, dirty or discolored outlet cover plates. You also could find rusted, damaged or missing air vent covers. Replacing all of these to match creates a cleaner feel and newness to the home.

8. Install window treatments

Whether you are updating the current window treatments or installing new ones, having something up on the windows will not only give your privacy, but that added last-minute finishing touch.

9. And of course, send out new contact information

When you are all done prepping and moving into your new home you can send out new contact information to family and friends. You also can invite everyone over for a house-warming party to show off your new home!