How to Move a Dog Without Both You and Your Pet Being Stressed

What Is The Problem?

Lots of people have little furry friends. Sadly lots of people are forced to relinquish their beloved pets to shelters because of the difficult and problematic issues of a long-distance move. People know that moving can be very stressful for the whole family, and so by deciding to give up their dogs or cats, they believe they’ll be able to avoid some of the problems. Moving with a dog can be easy and stress-free if it is organized wisely organized. You should know that with a proper preparation, your next move can be smooth and worry-free for you, your family and your little friend.


Moving your dog requires special considerations in order to avoid extremely traumatic impact. Dogs can run out of the house during the chaotic moving process and get lost. The best solution therefore is to isolate pets away from the moving area into a comfortable temporary room in your house. Make sure to give them their familiar companionship, food and water. Try to visit them as often as possible during the moving day. When the relocation is over, move your dog into the new residence. Don’t worry if your dog is a little bit puzzled. Give him some time to get acclimated to his new home. Put your dog’s favorite treats and toys inside his carrier to help create a familiar atmosphere. By doing such things when moving pets, they will get used to the new place as quickly as possible.

Here are a few more tips to keep your friends cared for during the moving process…

Before Moving Day Tips

It is important to learn about pet rules and regulations when moving to new destination. You should know beforehand about your landlords and homeowners’ associations and their specific pet rules. Check whether your pet is required to get additional vaccinations, medications or certain certificates, especially when relocating to foreign lands. If you have questions ask the local animal control organization.

Talk to Your Current Vet

Your veterinarian may suggest behavior modification techniques or medication that can make relocation less stressful for your pet if he/she has a hard time traveling. They may also recommend that pets get identification microchips that may help if your dog accidentally gets lost during the relocation.

Find a Vet in Your New Area

It is impossible to control every issue, and trying to find a new vet in your new area before moving day can seem like a daunting task. One thing you can do is ask your current vet to make recommendations in case he or she knows of a colleague in the area. It is vital to make sure you are comfortable with your new vet in case of an emergency. Make sure you take all of your dog’s medical records with you to hand over to your new vet. Be sure to find the closest emergency animal hospital and keep that phone number at hand.

Update Your Address

Don’t forget to have new identification tags with your new address and new phone number made for your dog’s collar. And don’t forget to update your contact information in the database if your dog has an identification microchip.

Take Favorite Treats with You

Don’t pack the food away! Keep your dog’s food, water, bowls, medication and any other important supplies off the moving truck and readily available.

Traveling With Your Dog

You can calm and control your dog by spending some time driving together. Try to drive for short distances before the final move. Also, think beforehand for any special carriers your dog may need for transportation. There are special seat belts for large dogs. Check all rules and regulations and keep your dog’s special documentation handy if you are moving your pet by air or internationally.

After Moving Day Tips

Take your dog out on a walk to explore her new territory and show her the route to get home. If you let her outside unleashed in a new place right away, she might get lost or run away due to stress. Make sure your dog’s new identification tags are fixed properly to their collar. Before your dog enters your new home, take the time to secure expensive items to prevent damage to your new place.

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Baxter the Border Collie, Poodle Mix

This is my dog Baxter, a Border Collie cross Standard Poodle. He is ten years old, turning 11 soon. We have had Baxter since he was four months old, and he is the sweetest and kindest dog I know. His personality is calm and lazy, and he likes his food. We all joke that he is permanently stoned. He sadly has bone cancer but he is fighting it like a champ and I am so blessed to have had him this long, and to have been able to say he has lived a great life with us. He also howls when someone is coming home, leaving or if he hears another dog. We call it singing. He is very good I think we should put him on a dog version of the Voice. Submitted by Natalie M.


Best Dogs for First Time Owners

If you’re considering getting a dog for the first time, you have a lot to think about! Dogs come in all different shapes and sizes. While this allows you to choose the perfect first dog for your lifestyle, it also means that you have plenty of dog breeds to sort through before you find the perfect one for you.

Not all companion dog breeds are equally suitable for novice owners. Some breeds require near-constant training or might come with a high likelihood of health problems. Here are some of the best dog breeds every first-time dog owner should consider…

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a popular breed that is a good choice for new owners who are looking for a larger dog. They have a friendly, easy temperaments, don’t get into much mischief, and don’t require a strong trainer.

They are somewhat high-energy, so we only recommend them to those with active lifestyles. They require a lot of exercise. Expect to take them on at least a mile walk per day. Their larger size does mean that they’ll consume more food than a smaller dog, which can make them a more expensive option over time.


These popular dogs can be suitable for some first-time owners. These lovable dogs take very easy to training and are not very stubborn. They’re loyal and pretty easy to handle for most owners.

With that said, they also require a lot of grooming and exercise. Expect to take them for a long walk each day and wear them out in a fenced-in yard. They are very active dogs. They will need daily brushing as well as regular trips to the groomers.

Labrador Retriever

Labs are known for being some of the friendliest dogs around. They’ve been the number one dog in the United States for the last several years, and for a good reason. They’re friendly, easy to train, dependable, and loyal. They are not stubborn and pretty much listen to whatever their owner says.

These mellow dogs do require a bit of exercise each day, so they are suitable for all dog owners. They shed and do need to be brushed regularly, especially during the changing seasons when they tend to shed particularly bad.


This is one of the best little dogs for new owners who are in the market for something small. They only reach about 7 to 9 pounds when fully grown, making them perfect for apartment living. Furthermore, these small dogs do not have the negative health consequences that other small dogs tend to have.

These tiny dogs don’t require much exercise, though you should plan on taking them for walks or letting them romp around in a fenced-in area. They have low energy levels, so you definitely want to find the best dog food to keep them healthy.

They have decently easy-going personalities and are very low maintenance, though they can be a little yappy. They are not particularly shy or aggressive towards other dogs or people.

Bichon Frise

These tiny dogs are another great lap dog. They’re a little bigger than the Papillon, reaching about 15 pounds, but they love to cuddle. They require regular grooming as well and would probably benefit from a trip or two to the groomers. They do not have many health problems, especially when compared to other dogs. They do not shed very much, and they are not hypoallergenic.

They are not very active and many would prefer to spend the day on the couch. After a short 30 minutes of play time, many of these dogs are good for the rest of the day.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These laid-back dogs make great companions and family dogs. They can easily become your best friend. They’re a little bit on the smaller size at around 15 pounds, which makes them suitable for those living in apartments. They are often considered gentle and playful. They have about the same activity level as the Bichon Frise, preferring to spend much of their day lounging around.

They do require regular brushing, with a daily brushing usually being necessary to keep their coats healthy.


While greyhounds are popularly known for their speed, they’re actually couch potatoes. They can run very fast, but don’t have the stamina to run for very long. It would be in your best interest to take them on daily walks, but they don’t need any more activity than any other big dogs. Despite their larger size, they are also one of the best dogs for apartments.

These dogs are not the easiest to train. Not because they’re stubborn, but because they just have a hard time paying attention.

Miss Lucy the Maltese, Shih Tzu Mix

This is Miss Lucy. She is a Maltese, Shih Tzu and is almost eight years old. She is blind. We have had her for the last four days and she meshes well with our other dogs Baxter and Bentley. Since she is blind she walks into walls a lot which is really adorable. When she doesn’t know where she is in the house she barks until someone goes and shows her which room she is in. Submitted by Natalie M.

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