Moving can be one of life’s most stressful events, and it can be even more stressful for your dog than you are. We asked our moving experts for advice for those moving with their dog and here are the top 10 tips:

10) Under no circumstances should you place your dog in the back of a moving truck. Even safely in a well-ventilated luggage rack, the truck is almost always warm (even in winter) and of course the doors are closed.

9) Your dog will probably want to play with the movers or eat them, so if possible, find a babysitter or place him. This way, you can devote all your attention to your activities in motion.

8) If your dog must be with you during your move, keep your loved one off or off the road. Dogs solicit the attention of strangers and can create obstacles that will hinder the move.

7) Have a big bone and dog treats for moving day. A large bone can keep them busy for long periods of time. Treats can be a good way to get your dog to listen and obey. It’s a great idea to have nutritious water and treats for your movers as :).

6) Pack a separate box of your dog’s favorite toys. Once at your new home, your dog may be frightened by the new environment. So having familiar gaming things ready will reduce stress levels.

5) Remember that your dog will be excited on moving day and will need plenty of exercise and water. Exercise is the best way to prepare your dog, to make him more relaxed and calm for the arrival of the movers. Depending on your dog’s age and size, draining his energy levels may not be easy, so plan frequent walks. I know that a 30-minute walk barely dampens our dog’s energy level.

4) Make sure you let your dog outside for “potty” breaks. Nothing will ruin your moving day experience more than a “surprise” from your dog inside your new home. Keep it on your property to avoid giving a bad first impression to your neighbors.

3) If your dog will be present during the move, let your movers know in advance. You’d be surprised how many strong men and women are afraid of dogs. Whether it’s big or small, it doesn’t matter. In addition, there are people who are allergic to dogs. Knowing in advance allows us to put together the best team for your move.

2) After the move, you will be busy unpacking your belongings, so don’t ignore your dog. Take regular, long walks if you can, to explore your new neighborhood together. Even short breaks from unpacking to playing can be very helpful for you and your dog.

1) Have fun! Entering new neighborhoods is a time to celebrate. Ask the movers to take pictures of you and your dog in your new home. It’s always nice to have memories of life’s great days.