Moving can be stressful with all of the time and energy that goes into it. Add a pet or two to the mix and moving instantly becomes more tricky. Animals have certain needs and are more “in-tune” with things than humans are. Environmental changes or human owners under stress can lead to them feeling anxious and as a result, acting out.. Here are 5 ways to keep your pooch calm throughout the moving process:

1. Put pets elsewhere on moving day

Boarding pets on moving day is a great way to keep them safe and hopefully more relaxed. If you have a family member or friend who can take the pet for a day or two, that’s even better! If you’d rather not board your cat, you can place them in their own room to keep them away from all the commotion. You may even want to board your pet for a few days so you are able to get the new place all set up before bringing them home. Your mind will be at ease knowing they are safe and sound!

2. Don’t wash pet items before moving

While you may be tempted to wash your pet’s belongings when moving, it’s actually best not to! Leaving pet items unwashed will bring their scent in your new home and reduce their anxiety levels significantly. Having their familiar scent will help them to adjust and feel more comfortable in a new space. Once they seem happy and content in the new home, feel free to wash pet items as usual.

3. Monitor pets closely in your new space

After moving to your new home, keep a close eye on pets while they explore and learn about their new space. It’s important to look around for potential escape routes since oftentimes they can go unnoticed. Things like a short fence or lower windows can lead to lost pets, as they are excellent escape artists. It may be a good idea to walk your dog around the neighborhood to familiarize them with the area. While on your walk, stop by the neighbor’s and explain you just moved in and have an animal. That way they can feel more comfortable mentioning loud barking if it becomes an issue and they can keep an eye out if you ever lose a pet!

4. Have a familiar space for pets

When moving into your new home, try to keep pet items in places similar to where they previously were. Dogs and cats alike are territorial and feel most comfortable and safe in familiar settings. Moving can cause unusual, erratic behavior in animals, but keeping things familiar can considerably decrease these behaviors. It may be beneficial to even keep the animals in one room within the house until they become more comfortable.

5. Keep your pet’s routine

Pets thrive on routines and structure because they know what to expect next. Well, moving definitely ruins the routine and can leave pets feeling lost. Reinstating their routine once you’ve moved can immensely help them to feel more stable and less anxious. 

Moving with (or without) pets can be complicated but there are many things you can do to help the process go a bit more smoothly. Your pets will thank you for striving to keep them calm and comfortable throughout the move and once they are in their new home!