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Moving The Dog


Moving The Fur Baby

This Is Something Very Close To My Heart!

I Love Me Some Puppy Babies.  I have 4 myself- won't mention the birds.. eeeek.

Get Your Dog Used to Moving Supplies

In the few weeks before you move, start to desensitize your dog to the sight of moving boxes and other moving supplies (like the sound of packing tape).

Have you noticed that dogs key in very quickly to things that predict a change in routine? Pull out a suitcase and many dogs know you’re leaving on a trip and this can trigger anxious behavior, especially if your dog already suffers from separation anxiety.  

Collect some moving boxes and simply place them against a wall or in a corner. Don't make a big fuss over them and let your dog explore them at their own pace. If your dog is especially worried about these new things, you can create a positive association by tossing a yummy treat their way if they approach the boxes on their own.

As your dog gets used to the presence of the boxes, you can start opening them up and moving them around the home. Your goal here is to make these moving supplies a positive, or at least a neutral thing in your dog's mind. Plus, it prevents a mad dash to find, build, and pack boxes the day before or the day of your move. A win-win for dogs and humans alike!

Keep Your Dog's Regular Routine (As Much As Possible)

As moving day gets closer, try to keep your dog's routine as regular as you can. Stick with their regular walking and feeding times. Take them out for their usual potty breaks or evening playtime in the yard. Consistency helps your dog relax and feel safe, since they know what to expect. If too much changes too quickly, they can get anxious due to the lack of structure in their day.

Give Your Dog a Safe Space

A safe space (or long-term confinement area if you have a puppy or young dog) is essential to help your dog feel calmer when everything is in flux around them. Having a safe space set up where you're moving from, and then setting up a similar safe space with those same items in the home you're moving to also gives your dog something familiar and comforting that's consistent between the two places.

Safe spaces include a quiet and secluded resting area, water, comforting toys or owner clothing, and calming dog pheromones (using a couple spritzes of spray-on pheromones or a plug-in pheromone diffuser).

For a list of what you'll need and how-to's, click here to read "How to Set Up a Safe Space for Your Dog." (For young puppies or dogs that are still working on house training or not chewing up things when left alone, you'll want to set up a "Puppy Zone: How to Set Up a Long Term Confinement Area.")

To help ease any anxiety throughout the move, you can also put an Adaptil pheromone collar on them a few days prior to the move and start them on calming supplements, like Solloquin or Composure treats.

Help Your Dog with any Transition Anxiety

It's normal for many dogs to exhibit symptoms of anxiety after moving. Be patient with your dog if they're a bit anxious about all the change. anxiety be careful to not leave them alone in the new place for very long and go  back to the first few steps of absence desensitization to teach themr that being alone is actually pretty great (that's when the stuffed Kong comes out of the freezer!). Make sure to leave some calming music on for them when you do leave to help ease any anxiety and to mask any noise outside that might make them bark.

To learn how to teach your dog that alone time is actually pretty great, read more in "Home Alone: Why It's Important to Teach Your Dog to be Alone."

Mkde sure to give them lots of love and reassurance when they ask for it. Don't be afraid to comfort your dog when they're showing uncertainty. They're looking to you for cues on whether to be worried or not, so there's nothing wrong with giving them some cuddles, praise, and petting when they seek it out. The biggest thing to remember is to comfort, not coddle. If you're acting nervous or anxious as you reassure your pup, they will key into that and possibly mirror that anxiety.

 Moving with a dog doesn't have to be stressful! Just taking a little time to plan ahead and make sure your pup knows you're there for them will go a long way.


Deb Smith


Desert Pride

Real Estate Brokerage, LLC


3420 E Shea Blvd. Ste. 213 

Phoenix, AZ 85028

Direct: 602-571-0564

Office: 602-953-4385



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