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    Relocating Critters - Tips please

    K9 Owned
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:35 am
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    As most of you know we are moving in June. I want to make the transition as smooth as possible for the dogs but will be boarding them the day of the 'real' move.

    Do you have any tips that would make them feel more easily 'at home' in the new place? Please and thank you icon_smile.gif
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:19 am
    Forum Host
    Wow - you found a place! Is it close by?

    The only thing I could think of would be the obvious - have their beds and blankies or whatever right there when they get there. Plus, I'd probably sit on the floor a lot. . .

    I'd imagine, though, that just like kids, it'll take a while for them to be completely at home.

    Many years ago, I moved (next door, actually) with a cat and a dog, and both did just fine, though. The dog had his dog house, and that was his space, so we just moved it from one yard to the other.
    K9 Owned
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:47 pm
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    Yes Kris..we found a place that will be perfect for us (I hope)
    It's about 1 1/2 hours from here - a small village about 5 minutes from lake Erie.
    3/4 acre with a partially fenced yard - lots more to do there. There is a conservation area 50 - 75 yards from the front door and a dog off leash beach is only a 5 minute drive.
    Don can cross the street and fish in the river for lake trout.
    Golf courses nearby.

    I'll be boarding them the day of the move because someone will trip over them for sure. icon_smile.gif We close on the new place 2 weeks before we leave here so I will take them over a time or two first.
    Connie Lea
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:45 pm Groupie
    I don't think you will have any problem with Dawson and Maddie. They will be just fine as long as mom and dad are there. Sounds like an amazing place. They will love the leash free beach. My DH would be drooling if I told him Don could just walk across the road to fish, so I will kind of forget to mention that. We've hauled our guys all over the country and back and forth between two houses and have never had a problem with any of them. They are pretty adaptable. Your guys will be too.
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:44 pm
    Forum Host
    K9, I have moved twice with cats.... some of this may help with the dogs too. I couldn't board them but they were in their carriers and in a bathroom and were last to leave (in my car) and first in (into a new bathroom). In the new bathroom I put not only food and water and litter but a couple of their toys and a t-shirt of mine that I had worn but not laundered.

    In the new place, I put some of their toys in places I wanted them to go to and I brought along several pieces of clothing, worn but not laundered, with our scent on them and put one piece in each new room so familiar scent would greet them there. I also brought what they liked to sleep on (aside from me...LOL) and put that where they could find them easily. Basically I wanted them to find some familiar scents along with the new ones.

    They also make the canine equivalent of "Feliway" a calming artificial pheremone:

    But your guys are used to going out with you and when they find their beds, their toys and their people in the new place, hopefully they will relax and enjoy!
    K9 Owned
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:54 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks for the responses. So sane. icon_smile.gif
    I've been whipping myself in to a frenzy of 'planning' and it was getting very convoluted. icon_lol.gif
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:18 pm
    Forum Host
    Keep Calm and Breathe K9! Maybe the folks where you board them will have a few tips..but I think you will all be fine. They want to be with you and Don and each as long as you are at the new house, I think you'll be fine.
    Pot Scrubber
    Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:12 pm Groupie
    I've moved three times with my dogs over the last 10 years, and the most stressful part for them has always been when everything is getting packed and moved. They know something is up and they don't like change they just want routine. Moving and changes are very stressful to my dogs.

    After we get into our new place and everything is unpacked and they see familiar stuff they are fine. I hope your dogs adjust quickly. I'm sure they will.

    My dogs do NOT like change! Last year I did some Spring cleaning to clear clutter out of my closet and had stuff scattered everywhere. They thought I was packing again and sorta walked around looking worried and annoyed and Demon starting peeing on everything. He NEVER pees in the house! But I guess he was really pissed off and wanted me to know it.
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