Moving to a new home can be a thrill-filled adventure, but it can also be a daunting experience for our beloved furry friends. Pets thrive on routine and familiarity, so a big change like moving to a new house can be overwhelming for them.

However, with some careful planning and consideration, you can help make the transition as smooth as possible. In this blog post, Green Wheels Moving & Storage’s moving professionals will share eight tips to ensure a calm relocation for your beloved companions.

1. Start Early and Plan Ahead

Before the moving day arrives, it's essential to start preparing your pets for the transition well in advance. We recommend you map out your timeline accordingly.

You can get started by generating a list that includes tasks such as:

  • Scheduling vet appointments.
  • Researching pet-friendly accommodations if you're moving long-distance.
  • Making sure you have escape-proof accommodations for smaller pets such as hamsters and birds.
  • Fulfilling any requirements such as documentation or vaccinations to cross borders.
  • Pre-packing food and snacks for the trip.
  • Talking to your vet about travel medications if your pet doesn't do well with long care rides.

2. Update Your Pet's Identification

Make sure that your pet's identification, licensing tags, and microchip information contain your current address and contact details. Doing this is necessary in case your pet gets lost during the move or in the initial days at the new home. It's also a good idea to have recent photos of your pet on hand in case you need to create lost pet posters.

While it's not likely your pet will wander away from your new yard or out the front door, it’s wise to be cautious since animals are curious creatures and your new home will be initially unfamiliar. Your pet may find excitement in observing new scents and environments.

3. Keep Your Pets Away from the Chaos

On your moving day, the hustle and bustle of packing and moving can be overwhelming for pets. To keep them safe and stress-free, consider confining them to a quiet room or a designated area away from the action. Make sure they have access to food, water, and familiar items like their bed or toys to help them feel secure.

Here are a few other alternatives that could work based on your situation:

  • Have a neighbor, friend, or family member pet-sit before you're ready to leave.
  • Drop off your pet at a daycare.
  • Hire a dog walker to take your pup out for a few hours during the loading process.

4. Maintain Their Routine

During the moving process, try to stick to your pet's regular feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible. Maintaining their routine can provide a sense of stability and comfort amid the chaos of moving.

Even if your schedule is hectic, prioritize spending quality time with your pets to reassure them and ease their anxiety.

Consider the following tips to help your pet feel less overwhelmed:

  • Take frequent stops for bathroom and stretch breaks.
  • Keep them entertained with their favorite toy.
  • Give your pet attention whenever possible during the ride.

5. Pack a Pet Essentials Kit

Speaking of favorite toys, don't forget to prepare a separate box with essential items for your pets.

Include the following items:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Medications
  • Toys
  • Bedding

Having these items easily accessible will ensure that your pets have everything they need to keep them entertained and relaxed during the transition period and in the first few days at the new home.

Plus, a calm pet will make the travel much smoother and more enjoyable for you.

6. Introduce Your Pets to Their New Home Gradually

Once you've arrived at your new home, introduce your pets to their new surroundings gradually. Start by confining them to a designated area or a single room and progressively allow them to explore other areas of the house at their own pace.

Consider the following to expedite the process:

  • Monitor their reactions and comfort levels.
  • Provide plenty of reassurance and positive reinforcement.
  • Allow them to retreat to a safe space if they become overwhelmed.
  • Slowly increase their exposure to new rooms and environments over time.
  • Be patient and understanding as they adjust to their new surroundings.

Taking this approach can help prevent your pets from feeling overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment.

7. Set Up a Safe Space for Your Pets

Reserve a designated safe space for your pets in your new home where they can retreat to when they need a break from exploring or when they feel anxious.

A safe space could be a quiet room with their bed, toys, food, and water bowls. Once they feel fully confident in their private area, they will slowly muster up the courage to continue exploring and accepting the new place.

If you have a dog that is accustomed to lounging in a backyard doghouse, you may want to prioritize setting it up shortly after your arrival. The scent of their doghouse will help them feel safe and familiar.

As an added safety tip, ensure the space is secure and free from any potential hazards.

8. Be Patient and Understanding

Above all, be patient and understanding with your pets during the moving process. Moving to a new home is a big adjustment for everyone involved, and it may take time for your pets to feel entirely comfortable in their new surroundings.

If you're a dog owner, take your four-legged pup for walks in the community or to the local dog park. Doing this will reassure them that despite your busy schedule, you haven't forgotten about them. Shower them with love and attention, and soon enough, they'll be happy and relaxed in their new home.

Set Your Furry Friend up for a Successful Move!

While all the tips listed above are the secret to a stress-free and quick transition for your pet, you can take it a step further by hiring an experienced moving company known for seamless services.

Green Wheels Moving & Storage is the moving company you need to get your move executed quickly without unnecessary hiccups. Let us take care of your packing, driving, and unloading so you can focus on ensuring an easy transition for your animal friends. We’re so good your pet might just thank us!

Call (866) 406-6837 today for more information on our moving services.