Is your dog showing anxiety after moving?

Recently we have just moved a few houses down the block and with last moving experience, this dog anxiety awareness begins to rise. A lot of you may not know that dogs gets uncomfortable and even shows signs of anxiety with new environment, even just bringing them to your friend’s house could be the trigger.

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Luckily my dog was mature enough and experienced a few moves with me, with the most challenging one – we moved from South Island to North Island New Zealand.

We just settled in our new house last weekend, and my furry baby is doing just fine. So I thought of sharing a few tips on how to minimise relocation anxiety of your dog:

  1. Bring your dog to the new place before the actual move

Yes so my dog could sniff sniff sniff around, get to know the place and maybe allow him or her to go on the lawn to leave some marks there. Allow them to get to know the new place.

  1. Offer attention regularly

My dog wouldn’t leave me alone at the new place in the beginning; he would drain his energy up and still follows me up and downstairs over and over again. This is when you know that he is feeling insecure and a little anxious. So I would stop whatever that is on hand, bend down and pet him on the head. Hold him up, rub his belly and kiss him on the face regularly. Show your dog your love and attention so that they know there is nothing to be scared about.

  1. Keep his belongings around

Brought his foldable dog crate with me to the new house was definitely a smart move on the day. As soon as I unfolded it (thanks to BINGO for a great foldable design!), this little pal knows to get in straight away. I placed his bed and his favourite toy in his locked crate with him so that he could be calm, and I could keep the main door and garage door open without the worry of how he may run off anytime.

  1. Do not wash his blanket

Very important indeed! Do leave his smell on the place where he usually sleeps. After a long day for both me and my dog, he finally gets to sleep tight in his good old fluffy blanket. No hassles at all, he behaved just as it was one of usual nights, make his own bed and curled up in seconds. This is how I was so sure by not washing his bedding would definitely be a big help.

Moving soon? Good luck!   🙂

My Dog Just Stopped Eating

Such a headache aye when your newly arrived puppy stops eating for no reason. Not eating even egg yolks, mince and almost everything. Wondering what you should be doing? Well, in these cases, you should always observe carefully to make sure your puppy is not feeling sick or ill at all. If your dog is not showing any signs of sickness then congratulations, you could now move on to the easier step. 2 ways of resolving the issue of dogs not eating:

  1. Allow a decent dog cage to be placed at a quiet corner, let your dog rest in the cage and stop giving any food for approximately 24 hours. During this starvation, make sure sufficient clean water is offered at all times. Best to keep a drinking bowl in the dog cage.
  2. Enhance exercise load, this is often easier for small dogs by giving more toys and owners attention but in general, a nice adequate amount of walk or run freely is essential for all dogs.

Your dog’s appetite would normally regain right next day or in a very short period of time.