A guide to moving with pets

Moving home is always a challenge and if you happen to have a couple of lively Labradors, one of the most popular breeds of dog for pets, it becomes something else entirely. While your children totally understand what’s happening, your dog(s) will not take kindly to burly strangers removing furniture from the property, not to mention the stress it must cause the poor animal. Lots of love and reassurance will help him to understand that he is part of the family and will be travelling too, and if you are about to move with pets, here are some things to take into consideration.

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  • Understand Territory – Whether you have a dog or a cat, both are very territorial in their approach to life, and losing their living area is not something they will appreciate, nevertheless it is going to happen. You are strongly advised to have your pet looked after by either a good friend or the local kennels or cattery for the day. No pet is going to be happy if they witness the removal, so have them be somewhere else. The animal will have no problem once in the new property and will be focused on exploring, rather than the move. If you are looking to call removalists in Brisbane, an online search will help you to locate a pet-friendly company.
  • Pack the Pet’s Things Last – The longer your dog sees his familiar things like food and water bowl and his sleeping blanket, the calmer he will be. This is assuming your pet will be present while packing, and it might be an idea to isolate him in a single room, with a family member while packing is going on. Animals are very much like us, in as much as they notice any slight difference in furniture placement and anything out of the ordinary is quickly spotted. Seeing crates in rooms could be stressful, which is why you leave his things until the very last box.


  • Don’t Feed Prior to Travel – Your dog might travel well normally, yet with the stresses of the packing, he might bring up any food. This is advisable for any journey, as some animals do suffer from motion sickness.
  • Secure the New Garden – Don’t make the mistake of thinking your pet will automatically take to his new surroundings. Some seemingly well-adjusted dogs have immediately run away when let into the garden of the new property. This is one reason to make sure his microchip details are upgraded with the new address, and by making sure he cannot escape, you can let him explore his new territory with confidence.


Once you have found the right removal company, you can begin to make a list of all that is to be included in the move, and by taking all of the above into account, your pet should have no problem dealing with the relocation. If they seem a little apprehensive, lots of love and affection is the best remedy, and once your pet is reassured, they will handle the move.

a guide to moving with pets

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