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Moving House with dog

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Im moving house at the end of the month and im wondering how much effect this might have on my pup (9 months old).

I've arranged someone to look after her whilst the movers are in.

Should I expect any accidents or tummy upset in the first few days?

Does any one have any tips for making this as smooth as possible for her?

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I moved 3 times in my dog's first two years of life. She did great.

The key thing: you already have it covered. Have someone take your pup before the movers arrive and bring her to your new home only after the movers are done and gone. Much safer for your dog.

What I did was just to set up basic stuff before my dog came home - all of her stuff was out and basic stuff from our prior home was in place. She adjusted with no problems. Familiarity is important - and if you are acting happy and confident, your pup will feed off that. Maintain her schedule - and make sure to take her to new nearby parks to work off some energy. It'll make the unpacking of boxes far easier if she is happily tired!

Good luck with your move!

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Briiliant that's very helpful thank you
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I moved 3 times in my dog's first two years of life. She did great.

The key thing: you already have it covered. Have someone take your pup before the movers arrive and bring her to your new home only after the movers are done and gone. Much safer for your dog.

What I did was just to set up basic stuff before my dog came home - all of her stuff was out and basic stuff from our prior home was in place. She adjusted with no problems. Familiarity is important - and if you are acting happy and confident, your pup will feed off that. Maintain her schedule - and make sure to take her to new nearby parks to work off some energy. It'll make the unpacking of boxes far easier if she is happily tired!

Good luck with your move!

I agree with everything that Sweet Girl Said. We took our dogs to day boarding BEFORE THE MOVERS came and picked them up early evening, after the movers had moved us in and were gone. Our biggest concern was that the dogs be safe, so they couldn't get lost or run off. Wherever you're moving if there is a fence, make sure that the gate/gates are locked before you let her out.

Have fun moving!!

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When Brady was two, we moved 1500 miles to a third floor apartment, then three months later to our house. Not one accident, surprisingly it was like he never even noticed. He was just happy to be with his people. Our apartment was furnished, so when we moved into the house, Brady was the last thing to be moved in so he never witnessed all the commotion.

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We moved once to when our golden was about a year old. It wasn't a problem at all. Since we were building our home we took him with us every night when we went to inspect the progress. He was with us every step of the way, including the day they poured the foundation and we sat in our neighbor's yard and watched (it was loud!). He climbed stairs like crazy and explored with us, every nook and cranny. He even met some of the neighborhood children during the process. When the dog doors (with protected walkway in the garage) were installed he flew threw them like a pro into his back yard. On moving day he just wanted a spot in one of the cars. I kept him leashed to me as everything was put in place and he was perfectly calm and fine. He had no accidents and was instantly at home because he was with us. He also had fun helping me unpack, inspecting each box as I opened it. Good luck for an easy move!
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Thanks for your advice.

I actually get the keys on the friday but the movers aren't coming until the monday so im going to take as much as I can myself over the weekend. I thought i could take isla over with me during this so she can check everything out.

I've already started to pack some things and she's had her nose in every single box so she definately needs out the way when the big things are getting shifted!
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Hopefulyy soon about to move (currently looking for a house with a garden for Pixie), so I dont have any advices for you.

Just wanted quickly to drop a word to say thanks for this thread (it is super helpuful for me), and, most importantly, that i LOVE your signature picture
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My experience a little different.... at the time my dog was a small poodle.... we too got the dog out from underfoot for the actual moving day. But for the first 3 days in the new house as I unpacked boxes Barney stood by the garage door. He was facing the door and mumbling... making it obvious that he wanted to leave. Once in the garage he would stand by the car waiting for me to open the car door. If I let him, he would sit in the car for hours waiting to leave... waiting to go 'home'.

Finally, after the 3rd day I decided to take him back to our old house. He was so excited when we pulled into the driveway but a little surprised that inside all the furniture was gone. He walked from room to room and saw for himself that all that remained of 'home' was a single piece of paper lying on the floor. He used that sheet of paper as a pillow and took a nap for 30 minutes while I triple checked to make sure that nothing had been left behind. And then we left.

Once we got back to the new house he seemed to accept that this was now 'home'. He picked out a comfy spot where he could nap and keep an eye on me. But that was the end of his sitting in the car waiting to leave behavior.


Good luck with your move.
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