Guest Post by Bernie the Boxer
Relocating is exciting, but it is a lot of work. Not only do you have to work with a real estate agent to find a new place, but you also have to help your family adjust to the changes that lie ahead. One family member that may have a particularly difficult time is your dog. He doesn’t really know what is going on, but he can sense that there is a big adjustment coming up. Dogs can pick up on human distress and start to experience it themselves. As they struggle with these feelings of anxiety and not knowing what is coming, they may start to show destructive behaviors as a reaction.
These behaviors include:
- Excessive licking of self or others.
- Chewing on furniture, shoes, or other non-chew toy items.
- Barking at inappropriate times.
- Howling at night or when separated from owners.
- Digging holes in the yard.
- Going to the bathroom indoors.
- Hiding from owners.
- Darting out the door or digging holes under fences to escape.
- Pacing nervously.
If you want to help prevent your dog’s anxiety as you move and make the transition as comfortable as possible for him, take these following precautions into account. By finding the right place that fits your pup’s needs, sheltering him during moving upheaval, and taking the time to help him acclimate to your new place, you can make moving easier for your dog. Continue reading