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Moving tips?

We're moving cities in 2 months. I'd love to hear any advice you have about moving with a dog.

She'll have her kennel and her special toys and treats with her at all times. We're going to keep her routine the same.

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Hi Snowflake. I don't really have any experience of moving with a dog, but I would think that one of the most important things is to be calm (as much as possible) about it. Since our dogs are so sensitive to our emotions, I would think that as long as you are able to portray to her that all is well she will be fine. It sounds like you are on the right track with planning to keep her surrounded with her familiar things, so that's good. If where you are moving to is nearby enough for her to explore the new place ahead of time that would be a bonus, but I'm sure the main thing she wants to be assured of is that her people will be with her. Good luck, and keep us posted!


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We have not moved with Kodi, but we regularly go on long vacations and take him with us, or have him stay in hotel rooms with me at trials. We have also been through two large house reno's since we've had him, which have been as disruptive in our lives as a move would have been!

It seems to me that, to Kodi, "home" is where we are. As long as he's with us, he settles right in. I think your dog will do fine too!


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When I was packing, it made Simcoe a bit anxious. So, I had her watch while I wrapped up some of her less used toys and put them in with my stuff, and it made her feel MUCH better, as if she knew she was coming with us to stay

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When I was packing, it made Simcoe a bit anxious. So, I had her watch while I wrapped up some of her less used toys and put them in with my stuff, and it made her feel MUCH better, as if she knew she was coming with us to stay
That is such a cute idea! All of our dogs have gotten anxious when they see the luggage come out!

My only experience with moving houses with a dog was three years ago when we moved with our elderly toy poodle. She had a tough time with the move, unfortunately. I think it was confusing for her and she was pooping in the house. Basically, she couldn't find the doors to the outside and needed to be potty-trained all over again.
That is one of the reasons I think having an indoor potty option is a good idea. (We don't have one now, but I am really thinking about it.) Wherever you go, you take your dog's potty and the dog doesn't have to adjust.

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My only experience with moving houses with a dog was three years ago when we moved with our elderly toy poodle. She had a tough time with the move, unfortunately. I think it was confusing for her and she was pooping in the house. Basically, she couldn't find the doors to the outside and needed to be potty-trained all over again.
That is one of the reasons I think having an indoor potty option is a good idea. (We don't have one now, but I am really thinking about it.) Wherever you go, you take your dog's potty and the dog doesn't have to adjust.
That WAS one problem with our reno… the doors to the outside moved. Kodi did have ONE accident in the new area of the house (I suspect he hadn't yet learned that that counted as "house" too) So I just made sure he was closely supervised in the new part of the house, and asked him often during the day if he needed to go out. He caught on quickly.

That's actually what I do when we are visiting other homes, hotels, etc. It's not reasonable to expect a dog to know where the proper "out" door is in a new place, so I just make sure he gets out often enough that he doesn't have to figure it out for himself!


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