Moving is almost inevitable at some point during our lives. Although you are well aware that changes on the horizon, your furry friends are not. Because of this, preparing to move into a new home when you have a pet, especially a dog, takes a little bit of preplanning. Here are a few tips on how to get yourself and your pup settled in without causing undue stress and strain on either of you.

Prepare your home

If this is your first pet, or the first time he’s been outside of what you both know as your comfort zone, it’s a smart idea to take a quick look at ways to make your home safe for your animal. This might include things like eliminating their access to toxic plants and cleaning supplies. You can also go through your new home and block off rooms that are off limits.

Make a point to keep your pet’s favorite things, even if you’re buying all new furniture for yourself because of the move. They will feel much more comfortable with access to familiar scents and belongings, such as their bed or feeding bowls. You’ll also want to spend some time making sure the back yard is fully fenced so that you can let Rover roam around without concern that he’ll stray during the excitement.

Ease the tension on moving day

When moving day comes around, you’ll need to pay special attention to your pet. If you cannot focus exclusively on their well-being and whereabouts, it may be in everyone’s best interest to hire a pet sitter. Look for a local provider that specializes in dogs. You can find a pet care provider via sites like in a variety of price ranges to fit any budget.

If you cannot find someone to sit with your animal for the day, do make a point to unload their stuff first. You can put them in an empty bedroom or unused bathroom so that they do not get underfoot – or aggressive – when movers are on-site.

Take a day off work

Once your new furniture is in place, plan to spend at least a day or two in your new home together. The Bark reminds us that moving is stressful, and your dog might be better off keeping old routines and patterns in place. In other words, if you typically walk them in the morning, at noon, and in the evening, stick to these same time frames.

Being home with your animal will also help you monitor for signs of stress, which Lynn Buzhardt, DVM of VCA explains can include barking, excessive licking, unusual body posture, panting, or escape behavior. Many pet owners find that CBD oil is an effective stress reliever for their pups. There are quality CBD oils on the market, but be sure to review the ingredients, cost, and reviews from other pet owners. 

Invest in technology

Because you can’t stay home forever, you may also want to invest in technology that helps you stay connected to your dog when you are not home. One of the coolest inventions of the modern time is dog cameras, many of which offer screens so that your dog can see you while you see your dog. You can also invest in a dog GPS tracker from FitBark. As the smallest and lightest GPS tracker on the market, it can accommodate any sized pup so you can monitor your dog’s location at all times. 

Your pet is one of your most beloved family members. Treat them that way before, during, and after the moving process, and you’ll be able to get through the stress and strain of the occasion together. Remember, dogs acclimate quickly, so, with the right mindset and a few smart strategies, they’ll feel right at home in your new home and you can get on with your life.