Organization is Key When Moving with a Dog

The process of moving homes is one that includes countless variables. Coordinating movers, arranging your personal items, and completing your moving-related responsibilities while planning around your work and personal schedules is no small task. Amidst the chaos, dog owners may be prone to overlook some steps which can be taken to make the day even less stressful, for both you and your canine.

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Stick to the Plan


The most primal aspect of a successful move is adherence to a checklist which you complete gradually as the time to move arrives. HireAHelper has provided their own version of a moving checklist, but everybody’s is likely to differ in some way. For dog owners, your list of items to pack and those to keep handy prior to and during the move will have some additions that pertain to the pup, including but not limited to arranging for a dog sitter on moving day, gathering its essential items to bring to the new home, and ensuring the dog will have a new veterinarian close by.


Keep the Movers Informed


Most everybody is going to require some help from a moving company when it comes to transporting beds, couches, and other heavy items from one home to another. Some moving companies merely ask that you provide treats for them in order to engender the dog’s good graces. However, it is recommended that, if possible, the dog be removed from the home altogether when the movers are set to arrive.


For most, the preferable option will be to house your dog with a friend for a few hours, and if not possible, a paid service is well worth the money. The possibility that your dog will have a bad interaction with a mover, persistently bark at them from another room, or continue to get in their way is one that should be avoided if possible.


If you decide that you want or need to keep your pup at home during a move, ensure that it is secure in a room which the movers are not in. This may require a bit of movement throughout the day, as it is imperative that the dog be kept away from movers for both liability and safety reasons.


Easing the Post-Move Blues


Once you have completed the move to a new home, you and your dog are certain to be experiencing a bit of homesickness and feelings of uncertainty. This is natural, and accepting that your dog may act abnormally – be it bathroom accidents, whimpering, or other uncommon behaviors – for a few days is key to avoiding unfair discipline or scolding. There are some steps, however, which you can take to help promote the dog’s peace of mind.


Healthy Paws suggests many behaviors to help newly adopted dogs acclimate which also pertain to a dog in a new home. Giving your dog ample attention, which includes going for walks and engaging in other forms of exercise, is an asset to decreasing their anxiety. In addition, the establishment of a routine within their new confines is key. This means establishing consistency when it comes to feeding, going to the bathroom, walking, and virtually all acts related to the dog’s care.


Lastly, keep your dog’s bowls, some treats, and its favorite toys on hand. Providing its favorite things in life is virtually guaranteed to have their mind off their old home in no time. While you and your dog will likely never forget the old domicile, creating a fun, lively new one will quickly work to ease the pain of moving.




Dogs make life easier, it’s why so many of us choose to own them. However, one task that dogs can make uncharacteristically difficult is moving homes. While some owners are understandably inseparable from their furry companion, getting the dog out of the house on moving day is the easiest way to avoid hassle. And, once you get in your new home, make sure to establish order while also providing the fun and familiarity that will facilitate the transition for both you and your dog.

Written By:

Cindy Aldridge