A Pet Owner’s Guide to Successfully Moving With Your Furry Friend

Moving is exciting, but it can be stressful, too—especially if you have a pet. Whether you’re moving within the country or internationally, it’s important to prepare for your transition in advance. This guide from J Sutton and Company Moving Services outlines some steps to take to help your pet get settled and offers some resources to make the process easier.

Make Sure Your New Home Is Pet-Friendly

The right home will ensure your and your pet’s comfort.

  • When deciding where to move, consider pet-friendliness. For example, TopDogTips has a roundup of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. or worldwide.
  • Try to find a home in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a high walk score. You’ll want to be able to enjoy local walks with your fur kid.
  • Look for pet-friendly features when buying your house, like a fenced-in yard.
  • Consider renovations to make the property more pet-friendly, like adding a built-in pet bed or washing station.
  • Check the neighborhood for dog parks and pet-friendly restaurants, bars, and shops.

Prepare for the Transition In Advance

Check these items off your to-do list before you move to avoid headaches later.

  • Look up and book moving services. Make sure movers offer the services you need—for example, local versus long distance—and read reviews before hiring them.
  • If you’re moving internationally and will fly, look into airline pet policies and figure out how to best transport your animal pal.
  • If your pet isn’t already crate trained, invest in one and start getting them used to it. You can use this free resource for pet lovers to find a highly rated crate and to ensure it’s the right size.
  • If your pet isn’t already microchipped, consider doing this now. In case they get lost or run off in the move—for example, because they’re stressed by the new surroundings—a microchip will make it easier to find them.

Help Your Pet Adapt to Their New Home

Try these hacks to get them settled in.

  • Try to take time off work after the move to help your pet get used to their new surroundings. Your work stress can rub off on them and make the transition slower.
  • Continue feeding your dog the same great quality food before and after the move. If you’re looking for a new, organic, grain-free option, use this resource to help with searching. You’ll find there are even options that can be delivered straight to your new home.
  • If your furry pal is having behavioral issues, consult a qualified dog trainer.
  • Build your support network of pet care professionals in your new area, such as dog walkers and groomers.
  • Find a qualified veterinarian in your area and have your pet’s medical records transferred to them.

Take Steps to Make for an Easy Move

A new home can mean a bright new beginning for both you and your pet. However, first, you have to get there. These hacks can simplify the moving process, ensuring you and your pup are happy in your new home. Start by crate training your pet so they are safe and relaxed during the move. And get them started on high quality food they’ll love. It will feel more like home when they get their favorite kibble in their brand new kitchen.