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Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm
Saturday to Sunday - 9am to 4.30pm

White Horse (Roffey)
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Ash Barn (Ockley)
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Make Moving House with a Dog Stress-Free

Research over the years has shown that moving house can be as stressful as divorce and bereavement for humans. However, dogs are very receptive creatures and moving home can have just as much impact on an animal. As such, a local veterinary surgery, which welcomes a lot of new four-legged residents to the area, is advising owners on how to make the move run smoothly.

Julian Peters, owner of Arthur Lodge Veterinary Group in West Sussex, explains: “Dogs will be able to pick up on their owner’s stress levels so it is important to try and remain as calm as possible during the moving process, for both yourself and your dog.”

Changing a dog’s identity collar tag as well as updating the details on their microchips is essential before moving. Once the move is complete, try to avoid leaving doors open which dogs could try and escape through should they panic at any point. Keep the dog inside for a few days to allow them to become familiar with their surroundings. However, after a day or two have passed, it is advisable to take them for a walk so that they have a chance to get used to their new surroundings.

Julian Peters continues: “It’s a good idea to get them acclimatised to their new surroundings by showing them around the different rooms and letting them have a good old sniff. To keep things as familiar as possible, make sure you keep their favourite toys at hand – this can be a key comforting tool. In fact, comfort really is the secret ingredient. As long as you keep reassuring your dog, the move should run smoothly for everyone.”

Conor Goold, Canine Welfare Trainer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Homes, said: “Once owners begin to settle in, it is important to make experiences as positive and enjoyable for the dog as possible, whether that is done through training in the house or just providing a relaxed environment in which the dog can adjust to the property slowly. Finally, it can be a good idea to hold off any big events like parties in the new house as that may upset the pet’s routine or cause them to become unsettled and act out.”

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902