Post # 1
Alright so she really isnt a puppy (3 years) but she is a rescue who lived a good amount of her life in a crate, so she still acts like a puppy. Her family up and abandonded her. When we first brought her home she was very shy and timid when it came to certain things. Like she hates boxes, and folding laundry in the livingroom or in the bedrooms sends her over the edge. I went on with doing things as normal in the hopes that she would adjust and for the post part she has.
But now we are in the process of moving and all of the commotion and boxes everywhere are literally making her sick. She hides behind the couch all day and has thrown up several times. I would have preferred to have her stay with the in-laws this week until we are all settled in the new place but it jsut wasnt an option.
Any pet owners have any advice for what we can do to calm her down for the next week until we are settled in?
Post # 3
Maybe put the dog in a room that isn’t being packed up, give her a place to feel safe in there or hide behind. Put a bone/rawhide with her, a toy she likes or a blanket, something comforting.
Post # 4
@mattsgirl813: my dog hates moving, I mean she will destroy things, get sick, even eat items that then require surgery to remove because she cant handle it. what I noticed calmed her down was to have her see that we packed out stuff and packed her stuff in the same boxes. The moment we got to our new place I busted out dog bed, treats and toys and made it an hour long play time. Dont pack everything of the pups up leave a bed or blanket that they love but make sure if you arent moving everything at once than every few trips the dog comes with and you leave something of theirs at the new location.
Post # 5
Is there a place in the house that she likes best?
Usually my dogs seem to feel safest in the places they sleep (their crates or our bedroom which has a dog bed and our bed). Our dogs don’t like change at all so moving is always trouble. What I do while packing is try to keep the dogs near me and comfort them. When I’m doing something or leave the house I confin them to the bedroom. Keep boxes out of there, and make sure the bed (or their crates if I put them in there) has familiar blakets and toys. Most shelter dogs are scared of changed because they fear being left behind. Lots of familiar things helps give them a sense of stability.
Do the same at your new place. Get an area set up first thing that will be a safe place for her with things she recognizes. Don’t let her have full run of the new place alone too soon because it will likely be overwhelming.
If she doesn’t get better you should ask your vet. They may be able to give you something to calm her down or at least help with the vomiting. Good luck!
Post # 6
Whenever my puppy gets anxiety I fill up a kong with peanut butter, freeze it, and let him have had it. It keeps him busy for a little bit so he won’t realize what’s goinG on. Although I don’t like to resort to this, puppy sedatives won’t hurt . I do not believe in pills/meds unless absolutely necessary But My pup can’t stand really bad storms so when they hit, we give him a mild sedative 🙂 hope that helps
Post # 7
thanks for all of the input so far 🙂 Her “safe place is in our basement, but unfortunatly that was the first place that got packed. Our bedroom, where she sleeps is still fully together and so you would think shhe would go there. I just called FI and told him to put a blanket, i guess you could call it hers, down on the floor where she is hiding.
I noticed that last night when i sit on the floor and pack she does a bit better, but when i a standing or moving around a lot she totally freaks.
I love the idea about unpacking her things first! We are moving across state so unfortuantly we wont be able to take her to the new house before actually moving in
Post # 8
@mattsgirl813: Sounds like you’re doing all the right things – noticing/being sensitive to her anxiety, finding safe places for her, etc. My dog and I just moved into FI’s house a few weeks ago – obviously it’s a place that was familiar to my dog (on average, we spent one day/night a week there for the last two years!), but the process of moving still made him visibly anxious, and he, too, got sick at one point. I tried to make sure he got lots of exercise the week we were packing up, and made “Super Kongs” (old Kongs filled with a mix of pumpkin, plain yogurt, smashed banana, and kibble/small treats and frozen) to keep him occupied. The day of the move, he went to day care (which ended up being a disaster but that’s another story), and when he came home we had “his” chair and blanket set up. Unfortunately there wasn’t room for his crate, which I think might’ve helped him acclimate even faster, but finding familiar stuff in the new house definitely put him at ease, as did the fact that both FI and I were home with him for three straight days so he could adjust to the new routine.
Post # 9
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@LittleRedOwl: +1 Try to keep her away from all the commotion.
Post # 10
@mattsgirl813: She is probably afraid of being abandoned again. I think you need to create a “safe space” for her that will carry on in your new home. A lot of dogs take awhile to adjust to a new space, so if she has something familiar, that will help her transition. This could be a crate filled with a blanket and all her favourite toys, or even under a table (our furbaby loves to hide under the dining room table when he’s feeling unsure).
You can’t reassure her with words because obviously she won’t understanding. Giving her a space to call her own that is safe will go a long way I think.
ETA: just saw that her safe space has been packed up. A crate would be easy to pack up last though. Also, a PP suggested unpacking her stuff first – we always do that when we travel with furbaby and he gets so excited to see all his things. If there’s any way to keep her away from all the moving activities, that would be great (even doggy daycare for a day – then she’s out of your hair too).
Post # 11
They actually have all natural medication that they can take to calm their nerves. Ask your vet and they should be able to lead you in the right direction! They have worked wonders for my mom’s anxiety-ridden dog.
Post # 12
Have you ever heard of the thundershit? http://www.thundershirt.com/
My in-laws have one for their dog and so does one of my husbands best friends parents. Both of their dogs have anxiety (one for fireworks and the other for being left alone) and this has helped them. I think it is suppose to simulate a “hug” or something.
Post # 13
I hope I don’t get flamed for this, but I would suggest talking to your vet about sedatives (either prescription or over the counter). I’ve used GNC’s calming chews for my three pups–one of whom gets anxious with fireworks on Fourth of July, another one who freaks out on long car rides. They’re these small treat like things and my dogs love their taste. I give them each two, and they just kind of relax. They don’t act loopy or anything, and I believe they’re all natural? I’m not 100% sure though. My mom used to give her shih-tsu some prescription sedatives when it stormed, but I think that ended up being bad for her heart.
IMO, giving the dog some drugs to calm it down will be better for its health in the long run. I have heard the thundershirt works well. There’s also a type of collar you can buy with pheramones on it that is supposed to work too.