MOVING HOUSE? Some tips to moving home with your dog.

  • Make sure that before you move, you adhere as closely as possible to your normal routine.
  • Reassure your dog with extra attention when you start packing.
  • Is your dog microchipped? If not, get it done before you move.
  • If your dog wears a collar, make sure that the identification tag carries your name, cell number and destination address.
  • If you are moving to a new area, you will probably need a new veterinarian. Ask neighbours in your new area who they recommend. Go and visit the practise to ensure that you are happy with their facilities, etc.
  • Before you move, find out where you can walk your dog in your new neighbourhood. It is a good idea to take your dog there a few times before you move.
  • It is often best to put your dog in kennels on the day of your move, to ensure his safety. Alternatively, leave him shut in a room or leave him with a friend whilst the furniture is being taken out of the house.
  • Ensure that the boundaries of your new property are secure before releasing your dog at your new home.
  • Take a look around the garden to see if your dog will be able to create an escape route e.g. running up a sloping branch and jumping over the wall. If insecure and left alone whilst you go out, your pet may well try to get out of the property to either get back to his original home or to find you.
  • Ensure that your dogs’ bedding carries a familiar scent for the first few days in his new home. Once he’s settled down, you can wash it.

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