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Watch as dog’s confusion over owner’s packing turns into joy for new home


Moving can be a panic-inducing scenario for pets even with preparation and constantly reassuring them that they are coming along with you. They don’t understand why things are going into boxes and their comfortable house emptying.

That concern was written all over one dog’s face in a May 1 TikTok video posted by user @bbybentley. He would look at his owners with confusion, showing his defeat and nervousness of the unknown. His once comfortable space was getting ripped out right before his eyes.

But after a five-hour drive, that confusion quickly turned to joy when the dog realized they moved into a new home. He didn’t know it before, but this new home was better and would make him happier.

“He was very anxious the whole car ride,” the owner told Newsweek via TikTok. “But once he realized we were all moving to this new place he was so happy, tail wagging, running around. It was great.”

Screenshots from a May 1 TikTok video of a dog reacting to the house getting packed up during a move, along with the dog’s thrill to learn that he was moving into a new home….


@bbybentley/TikTok

While the dog was celebrating with his owner at the end of the video, they took extra steps to ensure he was truly comfortable in the new environment. They walked around the neighborhood, giving him the lay of the land.

“He sniffed EVERYTHING,” the owner said. He was gathering as much information as possible about his new surroundings.

Moving With Pets

Whether moving down the block or across the country, there are bound to be headaches. The stress and to-do lists never seem to end. And when you mix moving a pet, it almost becomes too much.

The American Humane Society recommends owners use the following tips to help make moving day as stress-free as possible:

  • Pre-move, owners should get pets fitted with collars and ID tags with contact information, and make sure the microchip is up-to-date.
  • Visit your vet for feeding recommendations and prescriptions if your pet is known for car sickness.
  • Seek and reserve rooms at pet-friendly hotels or accommodations along your route.
  • Keep your pets in a secure location like a crate or closed room on moving day until you’re ready to bring them into the car.
  • Transport animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier, and for larger dogs, keep them leashed or harnessed.
  • If moving long-distance, stop often to give your pet potty breaks, food and water.

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