Preparing Your Senior Dog For a Move

dreamstime_xl_69538601Moving is one of the most stressful events many of us will undergo. Spring and Summer are the two big moving times of the year; nobody would move in the cold and snow if they could help it! It can be physically and emotionally brutal no matter if you are downsizing (so much to get rid of) or upsizing (too many empty rooms). Just know, it’s not easy for your dog either.

When we moved from New York to Colorado, I thought I had prepared my dogs. We stopped numerous times along the way (much to my husband’s chagrin) to let the dogs out and feed them. We did not feed them in the car so they wouldn’t be car sick. We brought along their favorite blankets, toys and bedding, so something would seem familiar. Before we even brought anything into the house, I let the dogs sniff around and moved all their stuff in.

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Could Your Senior Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

dreamstimeanxiousdogOn my child’s first day of school at pre-kindergarten, I was a nervous wreck. What if she cries? What if she hates it? What if she doesn’t make any friends?

I opened the car door, waiting for her to start bawling. Instead, she waved goodbye and never even looked back. I was the one who fell apart!

I was not so lucky with my dog Buddy. He became attached to me. Very attached.  If I left him in the house alone, he would poop in the same spot, even if I had just let him out. He never had toileting issues if I was home. If I left him outside, he would not quit howling until my car pulled up.  To say the least, I was not popular in the neighborhood!

When I walked back in the door, he acted like I had been away for a year!

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