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Dogs are easier to move with than cats because dogs become more attached to their owners as opposed to their environment. In fact, unlike cats who prefer the routine, dogs may welcome a change in the environment, even thrive in it.

Before the move

Most likely, your dog has become accustomed to riding in a car and being on a leash. However, it is recommended that you further condition your dog for longer car rides. Drive with him around the neighborhood a few times.

If you are moving to an area with a different climate, for example, from Florida to Minnesota, it is advisable for you to consult with your veterinarian.

Moving day

However, like cats, dogs may become a bit upset on moving day when they see all of the unusual activity. You should confine the dog in its favorite room along with its favorite blanket and toys.

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After the move

As you arrive to your new home, take your dog for a walk immediately. Familiarize your dog with the new neighborhood. Let it sniff around and mark its territory. Because dogs develop strong relationships with their owners, they're less likely to run away.

  • Provide a comfortable sleeping area for the dog.
  • Try to keep a familiar routine as far as daily walks and meals are concerned.
  • Dogs must go outside everyday. Teach them their limits as far as streets and traffic are concerned.
  • Be prepared for a transition in housebreaking, especially if you are moving from the suburbs to the city. Your dog will have to get used to relieving itself on the pavement and near fire hydrants and poles.

This guide is for informational purposes only. For professional advice, please seek the attention of a qualified veterinarian.