With boxes to pack, estate agents to chase up and contracts to sign, it's not hard to see why many people say that moving home is one of the most stressful things you'll ever find you have to do.

And just as humans get anxious about moving to a new property, so too do dogs. Indeed, many owners report that their pet pooches have become very unsettled by a move, particularly if they're a little older and have not been uprooted before.

So if you are going to move house it is a good idea to take a few simple steps to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for your pup and they settle in quickly to their new home.

One of the most distressing elements of moving for a canine is the packing process, since many dogs associate this with their owners leaving to go on holiday and they can find this upsetting.

Therefore, if you can try and keep your pooch in a safe place where they feel comfortable while you are doing most of the packing, and have them say with a friend or family member on the actual moving day.

It's also a good idea to leave packing your pet's things until last, as if they have their own bed, toys and premium dog food around them they are less likely to feel anxious and get stressed out by the move.

And when you arrive at the new house, make sure you put out the dog's things right away, so they have some familiar sights and smells around them to help them settle in and enjoy the new house.

Finally, it is essential that you get your pup a new ID tag straight away and update any microchip details with the vet, so if your pooch does get lost there is no confusion over how to contact you.

Written by: Hannah