Sometimes pets travel for fun and sometimes they travel out of necessity. Most of the time we focus on the fun … because it’s FUN! But, moving to a new home with your pet presents some of it’s own challenges. Today we have a guest post by Becky Harris, who writes for with some tips for keeping your pets safe during a move.

Moving is always a stressful process. No amount of planning seems to thwart the inevitable moving mayhem, and when the chaos ensues, it is of utmost important to consider the safety of your loved ones – especially the furry ones! The following tips are guidelines to help you protect your pet during your move and eliminate some stress in the process.

Couple Moving with Dog

Tip #1: Find a sitter

The most surefire way of ensuring the safety of your pet during your move is to simply remove them from the premises. Find a trustworthy sitter who can take them until the move is complete. If possible, locate a sitter your pet is already familiar with to further reduce the stress your pet might feel.

Tip #2: Create a safe haven for your pet

A pet sitter is not always a feasible option, especially during long-distance moves. In cases where your pet must be present, find a low-traffic area for him. Bring his bed and toys into the room and hang a sign on the door so that the movers don’t accidentally allow him to escape. For those with separation-anxiety prone pets, consider purchasing pet-gates that will allow for communication but still keep him safe.

Pug in a BoxTip #3: Allow your pet its security blanket

The process of moving can be confusing and scary for pets because they lack the ability to fully comprehend what is happening. Having a favorite item that can stay with them throughout the process can greatly aid in reducing their stress level. It doesn’t matter what the security item is so long as it is familiar to your pet and will help them feel at home.

Tip #4: Transport with a kennel

While your pets might normally be allowed to ride free, it is always a good idea to kennel them when moving. The kennel will protect them from falling boxes and other moving hazards, and having one less body running around the clutter will help you focus on completing the move safely and with less worry about the whereabouts of your fuzzy friends.

Tip #5: New Identification

Before moving day purchase new ID tags for your pet with your new address and phone number and consider having them microchipped. If your pet were to escape during the move, or even try to return to your previous residence, up-to-date ID tags and microchip information will help you get them back as quickly as possible.

Tip #6: Give your pet the full tour

Part of keeping your pet safe is making sure they feel comfortable with their surroundings. When your move is complete, take the time to introduce your pets to their new stomping grounds. Start by giving them their own territory, whether it’s a full room or just a corner mat that is their own. Once they are acclimated to their new space, slowly introduce them to the rest of the property. With every introductory round, your pets will grow more comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.

The best way to protect your pet when you face a move is to prepare in advance; last minute decisions only add to the already chaotic procedure. Take the time to decide how to handle your pet before the process beings, and when moving day comes their safety will be the one thing you don’t have to stress over!

Becky Harris writes for, the official site of ABF U-Pack, one of the few moving companies on the market offering both high quality service and affordable pricing.

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