Do Your Research When Moving with Pets

By Mike Jones, VP of Operations,

Let’s be honest, moving with pets adds another level of stress to the moving process. Whether it is just a short move or a long move all the way across the country, you’re pet will sit with you all the way from Pittsburgh to San Diego…drooling, barking, snuggling, chewing on things, licking faces…and the whole nine yards. Pets, however, are members of the family and the stress is definitely worth it. We’ve written before about a few things you should do to help make the moving process on them easier and ways to make sure they stay safe during the moving day, but you should also make sure that when moving day comes, they can even come with you! There are several things to look into BEFORE YOU SIGN PAPERS to move in to your new home when moving with pets. One big one being breed & size restrictions.

When moving with pets, be sure to do your research on any restrictions your new neighborhood might have for dogs. (Javier Brosch/

When moving with pets, be sure to do your research on any restrictions your new neighborhood might have for dogs. (Javier Brosch/

Check for Breed & Size Restrictions

Many home owners associations (HOAs), military bases, rental properties, and apartment buildings have restrictions on which breed of dogs are allowed to live in the area. If you own a dog or are planning to get one, then you need to ask about breed restrictions if you aren’t told directly. Also, be sure to check for size restrictions. Your property manager should tell you if there are any restrictions, but you don’t want to bring your 100 lb best friend in with you just to find out there is a 40 lb max.

Be Prepared to Prove Breed

You might have to have your vet give you paperwork in which they confirm your dog’s breed or weight. Your property manager or HOA rep might need to put official papers in a file. Many might just make you sign something verifying you’re telling the truth.

Check for Quarantine Restrictions

If you’re moving to a military base or moving to a new country, you need to do plenty of research. The list of rules and hoops you have to jump through change from place to place, so be sure to research your specific new location to find out what you need to do.

Your dog is a member of the family. Make sure you can bring them with you and be sure that you have your ducks in a row so they can move in with the rest of the family as soon as possible. Moving with pets can be tricky, but in the end, it is worth every bit of extra work.

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