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    Ok so we have settled on a new house today and will be moving as of tomorrow morning.
    The dogs all know something is going on and don't seem happy with all the packing going on. Was just wondering what you do to keep your dogs calm and stress down to a minimum when moving???

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    When Batty & I moved, I just kept him with me. He has a special case that his toys & leashes & stuff goes into, that plus his bed went in the first load. Whenever I've spent nights away (he comes with me for them) me moving his case and bed has been his signal that he's coming to so it works for us.

    If you can, take your dogs with you for any loads you are doing that are small. Let the dogs sniff around the house and investigate, but don't leave them unattended in the yard at first - that way if they get out you're right there.

    Once you've got the last of the stuff I usually set up the dog stuff first *can't help it, I'm pathetic lol* then I move onto the furniture etc.

    That's just what works for me.

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    I kept my dogs with a friend that they were familiar with while we were moving.
    In the end that proved the easiest thing to do. The dogs weren't happy about being left, but it was better than risking them bolting through a door while we had a house full of people opening and shutting them all the time with the furniture and boxes.

    If you don't have the option of someone minding them for the day then I would shut them in a room or if possible tether them to a corner so they can see what is going on, but they are out of the way and can't bolt through open doors.

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    I have also recently moved and I have 3 dogs, a cat and a couple of birds to move as well. Luckily, Pugs being the laid back characters they are, they took it all in their stride. My cat seemed to feel like she has always lived in the new house from the minute we released her from her carry cage which was pretty amazing too.

    I kept the dogs and cat outside whilst the removlaists were packing up the house. As the move was a couple of hours drive away, we drove down and stayed overnight nearby the new house at my MIL's. The dogs were ok with this and I kept the cat in large crate.

    The next day, the removlaists arrived at the new house and began to unpack and I bought the dogs around very early. They stayed in the yard exploring their new surroundings until later in the day when everything had been unpacked from the truck and then I let them in to explore inside. Late in the afternoon, when many things had been unpacked, I collected my moggy and brought her to her new home.

    Perhaps it was age and breed, but they all settled immediately. We did have a few 'accidents' in the house for the first few weeks but we seem to have this under control again now.

    I agree with Crested. Close them away somewhere away from the action or have them minded. I think the constant movement and activity and having starngers around can unsettle them.
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    we've decided to take the dogs this morning to the new house. They won't have the luxury of exploring the yard yet as it is over an acre and fences aren't secure so i went late last night and set up our 2 large dog crates, with familiar beds, bowls, toys etc and they will spend their time in there.
    We have moved a few times and mums little dog gets so stressed she has "accidents" on mums pillow (strange I know) but she is 10 now and we haven't moved for 6 years and she seems to be more stressed than ever before, she will be staying with mum the entire time I think.
    I really hope we don't have many "accidents" in the house. If only they knew we were moving for their benefit. I'll let everyone know how it's going when we get settled.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Ok we're all moved in just unpacking to do. The dogs are settling in but it's taking a while. They seem to enjoy it here especially the tennis court as it's the only place with secure fencing i've been taking them down at least 3 times a day for a run and play.
    This is the first house we've had thats bigger than a standard suburban block and the dogs seem to find it strange here they are used to cars going by and here it is so quiet.
    They didn't seem to mind the move to much and only had a few accidents inside. This is the last move for a while now I think.

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    Good to know, hopefully I'll be moving in a few weeks. I'm not really worried about rox to be honest, she's pretty laid back and happy if she's with me. I'm lucky though, because I'm only moving my room so hopefully I can put her in the backyard and let her sniff and claim! I was planning on taking her bed first, but I was going to get her a new one and i've already got her a new bowl. I guess I'll just see how she goes.

    Sounds like they're having a great time, dogmad!

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    Glad the move went smoothly, hopefully your fences dont take too long to go up!
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    I dont do anything special....or at all.

    I pack my house and life continues as normal.

    Then we get to the new house and life continues as normal.

    I dont give them any extra attention. I dont get them used to the new house, they are just chucked outside for toilet as usual. (though I do a perimeter check to make sure there cant be any escapes).

    Never had an issue.

    Even cats I have had, the longest I have kept one inside is 2 nights.

    I think the problems come when you start making a fuss about it.

    However, we also may be moving soon and apart from the house sh ewas born in, this is th eonly house Pippi has known (she is 2) so I will soon see if she reacts differently....all previous dogs had had at least 1 move by the time they were 1 LOL

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    I agree with Lala. Over the years I never did anything special or make a big deal out of a move and all went well. Those long ago dogs were interested in what was happening and were all ok. No anguish as they did it all with us. The kids were treated the same. Woohoo, what fun, a move. One time it was long distance so yes, dogs went to my mother a couple of days when removalists were around but that was only for safety's sake. If you don't stress neither will your animals.

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