New house – Making my pup comfortable?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Is she crate trained?  Having her “home” would help.  Otherwise, don’t make it a big deal.  Act like normal life.  She’ll figure out you aren’t going anywhere.  I know first instint is to comfort dogs when they looked stressed, but all that does is add to their stress.  All they get is validation for their fear or stress. “She’s freaked out too, that’s why she’s comforting me, I knew something was up!” 

Give her a few days or weeks of just chilling out in your new place and everything will be fine.  Stick to your routine as much as possible with feeding times/walks/etc. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My dog sounds a lot like yours, very anxious around new settings and was terrified of our house when we moved. She was stuck in our middle floor for an entire week, wouldn’t go upstairs or downstairs. Poor girl was terrified. We didn’t force anything on her until she was ready. I finally made her go upstairs because that is where the door to the backyard is at and got her outside. It took her some time but she got through it. We put her kennel in the living room because she feels safe in there and she would hang out in it all day. That’s all we did for her though. She had to figure it out on her own.

Good luck, she will be okay soon enough.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@beachchic105:  If you still have the old one I might even put here in there at night, or at least put it right next to the new one.  Even gate her in a smaller room, like the kitchen, during the day – where she has access to her crate also.  Dogs like what’s familiar, and like to den up.  When ours was a little younger she slept in her crate all day of her own volition.  She still might.  Maybe that’s the next place I should put puppycam – haven’t been able to figure out what she does all day – can’t catch her on camera.  🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My puppy is a rescue and we’re moving in September, I’m afraid he might have a similar reaction. I’m glad you posted so I can get some free advice, too lol.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If she is used to being crated during the day, I would keep crating her for a while longer and then when she is more acclimated to her new surroundings, you can start leaving her out during the day.  The crate is their “safe zone.” 

This sounds a little funny, but you might also set out dirty laundry piles around the house.  Your smells will be comforting and “normal” for her, then these other parts of the house won’t smell so foreign to her.  I just bought my dog a new bed and have had dirty laundry laying on it for a few days. 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d suggest keeping as many familiar things as you can out for her to see and to smell – toys, bed, crate, and your clothing as another poster suggested… and keeping a schedule is good – which you are doing…. I think time will help, she is going through a lot beyond the move with the hot spots.  Is she eating well?

When she greets you, can you turn around instead of correcting her?  Try to reach behind you and pet her as low as you can reach, maybe avoiding anything that sounds like a correction that way?

Changes are hard for dogs!  Sounds as if you are doing all the right things!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would tire her out.  A well exercised dog will be relaxed and won’t have the chance to be anxious.

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