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Q: Any suggestions about how to ease the transition of moving for my pets (dog and rabbit)?

March 3, 2009 | By Nicole H. | 7 answers | Expired: 2022 days ago

Nicole H.

We're getting ready to move to a new apartment about 3 hours from our current home. Any suggestions about how to ease the transition for my pets (dog and rabbit)? We're keeping all of our furniture and they'll have their cages. We're also leaving them in a well-known environment with relatives during the move so there's no stress of watching their "home" get pulled apart. I'm sad to be going; Addie has met so many new friends to play with, but we've already got a dog park pass for our new city!

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kitty d.
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Mar 10, 2009

Keeping your furniture means that your pets will still be able to detect familiar smells, and that will help. Taking them in a few short car rides in the weeks before you move will help them get used to that. I don't know about your dog, but rabbits are usually pretty curious and enjoy exploring a new area as long as they don't feel threatened.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 08, 2009

They will do just fine. We had to move with our pets also and it didnt phase them a bit and we had two dogs and two cats. At first your dog will do alot of sniffing around but thats about it. And you will have the same furniture so that helps alot but most of all, your pets have you and thats what matters most.

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Di
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Di

Mar 06, 2009

My two dogs followed me around our new home for about three weeks before finally adjusting. However if we go into other apartments in the building (which are nearly identical to ours), they are both very anxious and want to get back to our place as quickly as possible.

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Chelsea B.
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Mar 03, 2009

We recently moved and our dogs were unsure for the first night. Every time we would stand up, they would run to the door and look at us like "Are we going home now?" But after that first night, they were fine. They'll adjust, just stick to as much of a routine as you can.

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Mardel R.
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Mar 03, 2009

You can make sure that you bring all of their toys and special "things" they like.Play with them where you want them to sleep,and show them where they are allowed to go. Do this before you move in.

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Kelly B.
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Mar 03, 2009

If you can bring them over to the new house before you move in, I think it might help them get a little more acquainted with the new location. Good luck!

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Kim S.
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Mar 03, 2009

I think your dogs will be fine. I know we moved after living in the same home for the first 2 years of our dogs life and he adjusted well. Having the same furniture and other furniture will allow them to be around similar things and smells. Good Luck and the dog park is a great idea.

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