Long distance household moving can cause anxiety for many people. However, relocation can be even more stressful for your pets. After all, relocation is a flurry of excitement and movement—things like packing up boxes, giant moving trucks parked outside, slamming doors and unfamiliar people coming in and out of your home is enough to put any family pet on edge.

At Smoldt Moving & Storage, we know how important your pets are and how critical it is to keep them safe and secure during a move. Most animals will simply need time to adjust to a new home, but there are ways to make the process a lot easier on you and on them.

If you’re planning a move and want to know how to keep your beloved companions feeling calm and anxiety-free, take a look at the following tips from our expert Iowa movers at Smoldt Moving & Storage, an agent of Wheaton World Wide Moving.


1.  Keep Your Pets Safe and Secure 

On moving day, it is highly recommended to keep your pets away from all the action and secure them in a quiet, safe place. Many pets feel so much stress on moving day that they end up escaping the house and getting lost, which is a tragedy that can easily be prevented by making sure they’re kept in a secured area.

Sometimes, pets escape because family members, friends or family helping with the move accidentally leave doors open during the loading process. If you do keep your pets in a certain area where things are being moved in or out, like a garage or the backyard, make sure that everyone in your home knows not to leave doors open.

From time to time, check in with them and try to feed them at the time you normally would so they will get a sense of familiarity amidst all the changes and movement. Another alternative that you can consider is to leave them with a trusted friend, relative, or kennel just for the day.

2.  Travel With Your Pets, If Possible

If you’re moving nearby or driving long-distance to your new home, consider taking your pets with you for the drive. Your pet will feel much more comfortable with you than with a shipping company. If this isn’t possible, make sure to research the long-distance moving company or pet shipping service you choose to make sure they have experience relocating pets—and plenty of excellent reviews online.

If you are taking your pets with you for the drive, smaller pets can be placed easily in pet carriers in the back seat of your car, and bigger dogs can be moved in a kennel in the back. If necessary, put down the seats of your vehicle to make more space. 

3.  Keep Your Pets Safe Upon Arrival to Your New Home

When you transport your pets to your new place, make sure that you are careful not to let them out until you’re safely inside the house. Overexcited pets may try to leap out of the car once it stops, and can easily become scared or overwhelmed with their new surroundings and run away.

It is also recommended to give them a couple of days in the new place to allow them to adjust. It is becoming an increasingly popular practice for cat owners to keep their cats indoors due to safety reasons. When you move to another home, you can use this event to your advantage and make them get used to being inside.


4.  Let Your Pets Get to Know the New Neighborhood

Dogs, cats, and other animals can feel overwhelmed with new smells, sights, and sounds of a new neighborhood. Let your pets get to know the area by taking them for a walk soon after you arrive at the new home and take your time to let them sniff around and explore their new surroundings. This will help your pets find their bearings and feel more comfortable in a new environment.


If you’re planning a move with pets, our Iowa movers can help you and your feathered, scaled, and furry family members get the most out of your experience with top-quality long-distance moving assistance. For more information about Smoldt Moving & Storage and our pet-friendly relocation services, give us a call or fill out an online form for more information.