Most dog owners in London will move house at least once in their dog's lives, and to make it as straightforward and stress-free as possible for both you and your best friend, there are a few things to bear in mind.
First of all, if you're renting, make absolutely sure that your new landlord will allow you to bring your dog. (Never be tempted to not tell them - you'll likely be breaching your tenancy agreement, and they're bound to find out sooner or later, usually sooner.)
If you're still in the process of finding somewhere and are having difficulties, take a look at our guide for tenants with pets, check out our current pet-friendly properties (look for the little goldfish symbol) on the Outlet website
Assuming you're ready to move and you have your pet-friendly let lined up, or are buying your own property, here's how to make your move.
- Consider parking your pooch with a friend or relative. You have your hand full with packing, and your dog will certainly sense the disruption in the air and become unsettled, if not actually get in the way. Alternatively, you may want to consider putting them in a kennel, or seeing if your dog walker can look after them for a day or two.
- If your dog does stay with you, it's best to shut them in one room on the day of the move or keep them on a lead. This is less disruptive all round, and also minimises the risk of them wandering at a time when the front door is likely to be open for long periods.
- If you're moving with others, then one person should be in charge of looking after the dog. Otherwise you could end up with different people thinking they're responsible - and a dog that's disappeared.
- In your new home, help your dog to feel familiar by showing them round. Give them water, food and somewhere to lie down as soon as possible. As with your old property, keep them confined on the day of the move to avoid disruption or worries about wandering off.
- To help them settle in, take them for frequent short walks. They'll soon get to recognise their new surroundings - and all those lovely new smells around the place.
- Your dog should soon be enjoying their new home, but just be aware that it can take a few days.
That’s it – and before you know it you should both be well settled in. Good luck!
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