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Moving your dog to a new location usually requires some special care and understanding on your part. Chances are the place you have just left behind is all they know and this is a big lifestyle change for them. Here’s how you can make their transition as smooth as possible while settling into your new home.

Give a tour
You’ll first want to give your dog the opportunity to get to know their new neighborhood. You can introduce your four-legged pal to the new space and let him or her explore both inside the home as well as out by taking them on a walk. Make sure their license is still in good standing in this new area and the tags have the updated address in case your dog gets away from you.

Stick to a pattern

Pets thrive in routine, so try and adhere to their normal schedule as much as possible after the move. This includes playtime, meals, walks, bedtime and rising. It also helps if you place his or her food, water, and bedding in similar spots so they know where to find it. As tempting as it is to want to start fresh, don’t replace any of their favorite toys or bedding. Using the same ones from your old home (at least for a while) will provide your do with familiarity. You should also put them out immediately to avoid any confusion.

Stimulate their nose

Bark Busters also recommends that you, “Use a distinct scent, such as lavender oil, around your old home for at least a few weeks prior to your move,” and then use it in your new dwelling to calm them. Dogs rely on scent more than any other sense, and filling his new space with familiar smells will make him feel at home.

Get a fence

This move could prove beneficial to their health by providing more grassy areas for them to roam freely. By putting in a fence around your new house, they can play endlessly and safely. According to HomeAdvisor, the average price to install a  fence runs anywhere from $1,645 to $3,931. Before installation, make sure you know your property lines and plan to further pet-proof it by placing chicken wire or large rocks under or at the base of it so they can’t dig out. If your dog is jumper, you’ll want a higher fence that is slanted inward to prevent them hopping over. 

It takes time

Be patient with their adjustment to this new environment. Accidents like forgetting their potty training may happen, and it is normal if your dog is shy or extra needy for a while. Remember that they feed off of your behavior. So, if you are calm and confident, they will relax, too. Keep a close eye your dog’s behavior and signs of stress such as not eating or drinking, pacing and hiding — you may want to take your canine companion to the vet.

All dogs are different, and it could depend on their personality how well they take the move. Pay extra attention to them so they don’t feel forgotten during this chaotic time by making certain time commitments. Consider staying home for a few weeks to better ease them into being at this new home by themselves. If that is not feasible, hire a dog sitter or leave them with toys that will keep them entertained and distracted.


Cindy is the creator of a website advocating for the love and ownership of dogs. She believes that dogs truly are our best friends and wants to see less dogs in shelters and more in loving homes.