Guide to moving with pets to another country

How to Help Your Pets Prepare and Ready for the Long-Distance International Move

Moving to a different country is an exciting yet overwhelming experience. Not only do you have to worry about the logistics of getting your things from one place to another, but you also have to consider how your pet will adjust to its new environment.

Although it can be hard to think of everything that goes into a long-distance move, there are some ways you can help your pet adjust mentally and emotionally as they embark on this journey with you.

Here’s what you need to know about helping your pet get ready for a long-distance move.

Tips for Helping Your Pet Prepare for a Long-Distance

Tips for Helping Your Pet Prepare for a Long-Distance Move

Start Early

Start preparing your pet early on if you know you’re planning a move. The earlier you start, the more time they will have to adjust and get used to the idea of moving away from their home.

This could include taking more walks around the neighborhood with them or introducing them to new people, places, and things in your area before you leave.

Give Them Time to Relax Beforehand

If you’re planning an international move, there’s bound to be a lot of hustle and bustle at home. Try to give your pet as much time as possible before the move to relax and get used to their new routine.

Depending on what kind of animal you have, this could involve taking frequent walks or playing extra games with them so they can get used to their temporary home before they have to adjust to a much longer trip away from it.

Give Them Space During the Move

Moving can be extremely stressful for humans and animals alike, so it’s important to give your pet space during the move itself. Make sure you know where they are at all times and let them explore on their own terms while keeping an eye out for any signs of distress or confusion.

Additionally, try not to overload them with too much sensory stimulation by playing loud music or having too many people around them during the move itself – this could potentially cause further stress and anxiety for your pet.

Stay Calm

It may seem like an obvious suggestion but it bears repeating: stay calm! Animals can sense when we’re stressed out or anxious—so take deep breaths and try to remain composed during the process of getting ready for the move.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do, take breaks throughout the day so that both you and your pet don’t become too overwhelmed by the process of getting ready for the move.

Prepare Them for Changes in Scenery and Noise Levels

Preparing your pet for changes in scenery and noise levels is essential when moving to a new country. Familiarizing them with the sights, sounds, and smells of the new place can help make the transition easier.

Practice Travelling With Pets

Practicing traveling with your pet before the final move is essential to help them become accustomed and comfortable with the new environment. It is important to start by getting them comfortable in the car or any other type of transportation you may choose so that they don’t experience any anxiety once it comes time for the actual move.

Create a Moving Day Routine

Creating a moving day routine for your pet is an essential part of ensuring their transition to a new country is as smooth as possible. This routine needs to be tailored to the individual pet and the situation, as different animals have different needs and cope differently with stress. 

However, there are some key aspects that should be included in any plan for a long-distance move with pets. For starters, make sure your pet is up-to-date on all of its vaccinations and medications. This will help protect them from any potential diseases or health issues they may come across in the new country. 

Secondly, keeping your pet’s routine as consistent as possible is important for creating a sense of security and helping them adjust to the new environment. This could include feeding them at their usual times and bringing their favourite toys from home on the move with you.

Bring Familiar Items With You

Bringing familiar items with your pet on a long-distance move can be a great way to help them adjust to their new environment. Familiar items provide your pet with comfort and security, making the transition easier for them. This could include their bedding, favourite toys, and even an item of clothing that smells like you.

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Get Your Pet Accustomed To Their Crate or Carrier Ahead Of Time

One of the most important things you can do is get your pet accustomed to its new crate or carrier ahead of time. This will help them feel safe and secure during the long journey, and it will help reduce their stress levels. Start by introducing them to the crate gradually; let them explore it on their own terms, put treats inside so they associate it with good things, and take them on short car rides in it so they understand that this is where they’ll be spending much of their time during the move.  

Take Time To Adjust Once You Reach Your Destination

After arriving at your new home, don’t expect everything to feel “normal” right away – it takes time for both humans and animals alike to adjust!

Be patient with yourself and your pet as you both learn how to navigate through this big change together – give yourself time to settle in before introducing them to new routines or activities that may seem overwhelming or unfamiliar at first.

It’s also important to take regular walks outside with your pet – allowing them time outside will help them become accustomed to their surroundings while giving them an opportunity to explore on their own terms without feeling overwhelmed by too much noise or activity inside the house itself.

Reward Good Behaviour

Rewarding good behaviour is an essential part of helping your pet adjust to a long-distance move. This can include providing positive reinforcement when they make progress such as mastering new commands or tricks, going to the bathroom outside, or remaining calm in their crate. 

Positive reinforcement can include verbal praise and treats, but it is important to also give them other forms of rewards such as physical affection or playtime. For example, if your pet has successfully completed a task you set for them, take them for an extra walk or give them a special snack. 

Physical contact, such as petting or cuddling, is an important part of helping your pet adjust to its new home. Not only does it help to create a bond between you and your pet, but it also provides them with a sense of safety and security in their new environment. 

This is especially beneficial for pets that may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed in the new environment, as it can help them to build confidence and feel more secure.

Positive reinforcement also helps to promote good behaviours and instill trust, encouraging your pet to explore its new home and develop a routine. 

Additionally, rewarding your pet for good behaviour will boost their contentment and increase the bond between you.


Even though a long-distance move can be stressful, there are ways you can make it easier on yourself and your pets by creating familiarity wherever possible, giving them space during the transition period, and taking time out of each day once reaching your destination for regular (but low-key) outings outside together. 

You can help reduce stress levels both yours and theirs while ensuring everyone enjoys a safe journey together! With some careful planning and plenty of TLC, there’s no reason why your beloved companion won’t arrive at its new home feeling happy and relaxed – just like you!

By proper planning, execution, and being patient with each other throughout this process, you and your furry friend will soon feel more settled in no time! The key is just remembering not everything has to happen all at once — it’s ok if adjusting takes some time! Good luck!

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