(Closed) Dog owners who have moved – how long did it take your dog to adjust?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4311 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

About a month.

Post # 4
218 posts
Helper bee

@oracle:  I moved three times in three years with my furbaby and to be honest he was settled in a day, he had a bit of a sniff around and then just acted his usual doppy self.  I think as long as he had his normal bed and food bowl etc and he knew I was around he was fine. 

Mind you he used to go and stay at friends houses regulalry when I was away with work and settled wherever he was so it might have just bee the fact he was so laid back

Post # 5
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@oracle: It depends on the dog. My 3 year old chihuahua/jack russell mix adjusted pretty well when we moved. The best thing you can do is keep track of her bed, bowls, and favorite toys when you move. This should be the first thing you unpack! Getting her all set up with items that she is familiar with will help a lot. Good luck! 

Post # 6
2424 posts
Buzzing bee

We’ve moved three times with our dog and he was fine by the next day. In all instances we brought him over beforehand so he could sniff around then. He adjusts very quickly. Our cats on the other hand…

Post # 7
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dog pretty much instantly adjusted. We bought a house with three acres so he was thrilled to have space to run and play. He did a good sniff around the place and that was that!

Post # 8
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Every dog is different but our boxer took about 4 months.  It was a big move, different country and house to apt.  He was fine in about 3 days when we were home but it took about 4 months for him to stop destroying stuff when we left him for more than 2-3 hours.  

Post # 9
11384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Not very long at all. We had Sophie for a year and 8 months when we moved. The only thing she really had to get use to were the new sounds. We moved from the “city”
(super small downtown area) to the country. We moved into an older house so she still barks like crazy at the wind, since the house cracks. Otherwise not long at all.


Post # 10
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’ve moved 3 times with our pups and each time it seems to take them about 2 weeks.

Post # 11
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve had Cosmo and Fawkes their whole lives, and Cosmo has lived with me in many different places. He never has any trouble adjusting because home is where we sleep. He doesn’t care. As long as there’s somewhere soft to crash with me, he’s fine. Fawkes, on the other hand, spent his first two years in one place. When we moved to a new apartment, he seemed fine for a day or two being curious, then turned super moody when we didn’t leave when the weekend was over. He’d get up and leave the room if I walked in. It took him a couple of weeks, and then one day I was sitting on the couch and he came in from the bedroom and just climbed into my lap and pressed his head against my shoulder. 

When my now-husband and I moved in together, he was a lot better. We went from two dogs to three, but my boys were already used to Kloe and it wasn’t much of an adjustment. In the past few months, however, he’s turned into a raging jackass. We got a fourth dog a year ago and they all get along WONDERFULLY, but Fawkes has taken to being an unspeakable lunatic with his teasing and growling and snarling and being a bratty older sibling when he doesn’t feel like sharing or playing. He has never, ever done anything to the other dogs and actually gets up and walks away or at least turns his head when he growls. Then after a minute or two of being ignored, he walks up to the closest dog, cuddles up with it and cleans its face. I don’t really understand.

Post # 12
2753 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve moved a few times with my baby, and she adjusts rather quickly to the space while taking a few weeks to get truly comfortable. She has a blanket-bed that I put in/near the living room as her designated area. I mean she can lay around anywhere, but this is almost like an open den of security. I always unpack it first, and she sticks to it like glue during the unpacking madness. For a few weeks, she’s a little needy and follows close on my heels, but once she’s assured that I’m also living in the new place, she goes back to her semi-aloof self. Good luck to you and your furbaby!


Post # 13
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Only 1 or 2 days for my golden retriever. This was about 15 years ago. Poor thing is long gone now

Post # 14
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it depends on your dog! My dogs have always been rescues. After a long time of living in one spot, my old guy moved with me all the time when I was in university – about 2 moves a year. He didn’t like it when we were packing up the house, but as soon as we got into the new place he flopped on down onto his dog bed and never showed any signs of adjustment.

My baby girl is really high strung and she gets upset when I move a picture frame on the bookcase! I have moved twice with her, and she is really anxious and wild and unsettled for a couple of weeks in the new place before she establishes a routine and gets used to it. I try to keep the basic things the same from place to place – dog crate on the same side of the bed, dog bed in the same corner of the living room, walks and feeding at the same times. We also take her with us to hotels a lot, and there she really only spends about 20 minutes tearing around sniffing before she settles in, although she never really sleeps that well at night.

Post # 15
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My dog doesn’t care where we are.  As long as I am there (or her crate), she’s fine with wherever. 

Post # 16
247 posts
Helper bee

We moved January 3rd and started major renos on the 4th. The renovations are so major that we are just finishing them now after 4 months of working long days on them. With all that chaos it only took our dog 1 – 2 weeks to settle into our new life here. 

We took her special items (a few toys, bed, bowls etc) and set them up before she entered the house for the first time. The other thing we did was plan our move around a time when we had the next day to be home with her. But after one day with us we left her while we went to work and she did fairly well. The other thing we did was not stick to rules really strictly. Our dog is not allowed in the kitchen because I’m worried about spilling something hot on her and instead of training her to stay out of the new kitchen right away I waited about two weeks. Good Luck!


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