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Moving house might mean an exciting transition to a wonderful new home, embarkation on a thrilling new chapter of life or simply a different location to pick up the kids washing from the floor! Most people assume the move will be hardest on that malevolent little adventurer – the cat. But don’t discount stress levels of the family canine!

The Routine of Moving The nation’s dogs are, at heart, creatures of habit and routine. Breaking the routine of a dog can cause incredible stress. In some cases the simple introduction of a new, unfamiliar dog bed can set their soppy hearts all a flutter!

Similarly to children, dogs need structure and routine. Try to keep a dog’s routine as true to normality as possible throughout the moving process. Lucky pups will be moving to an area accessible from their current home. It’s important (if possible) to visit the new local area a few times before moving day in order to give the dog some exploration time on likely walking routes etc.

Never replace a pet’s trusted and loved accessories (e.g. dog bed, toys, collar) on or around the move. Pet behaviour experts recommend either introducing the new items at least one month before the move or one month after. If the dog needs to travel in a dog cage for the first time, it’s crucial to give them a few run-arounds in the car/dog cage before moving day. Having said that, a new toy on moving day could go a long way to getting back in the good books!

After the Move The Control of Dogs Order (1992) is an advisory document detailing recommendations relating to the care, wellbeing and management of dogs. It advises that all dogs in public spaces should be wearing collars bearing up to date contact details. Remember to update microchip details and register with a new local vet as quickly as possible.

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