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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Moving With Dogs: A Quick and Easy Guide

 Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:16:34 PM America/Los_Angeles By Ben Ashel

Furry friends truly transform our houses into homes. Who doesn’t love to be greeted by a wagging tail and a big, sloppy dog smooch?


But when it comes to moving, the excitement can overstimulate dogs and puppies, causing them undue stress and making your move difficult. In order to mitigate your dog’s anxiety levels, it’s best to adopt a pet-friendly moving strategy. Here are six tips for creating a healthy, calm environment for your puppy during this transitional period.


1. Surround your dog pup with creature comforts.


When packing, be sure not to box up your dog’s gear. Packing up her fluffy bed, favorite chew toys, and stuffed animals can send her into an emotional tailspin - especially if she’s a rescue puppy (some dogs associate the removal of their things with abandonment). Instead, consolidate all of her things into one corner - preferably somewhere with a gate or door - and let her play and relax while you pack up other items.


2. Consider the length of your move.


Are you moving out of state or across the country? For some pets, taking a low dosage of an anti-anxiety medication will make the car ride a painless experience.


Remember, you’ll also need to pack water, treats, and dog accessories, and take regular breaks to allow your pet to use the bathroom. Don’t forget the plastic dog-poo bags.


3. Be as consistent as possible.


Animals love routine. It helps makes them feel safe and nurtured. In all the hustle and bustle, it’s tempting to skip your regular trip to the dog park in favor of packing up kitchen appliances and utensils. But in the long run, it isn’t worth it. Leading up to the move, remember to find time to bond with your dog. If you are short on time, take a day off of work or enlist a friend to help you pack.


4. Consider hiring outside help.


Movers are a worthy investment because their presence allows you to focus on your furry companion during the moving process.


Plus, their professional expertise cuts down on moving time and frees you from driving the moving van yourself. After all, few things are more stressful than trying to steer an unfamiliar moving van while attempting to calm an anxious pup.


5. Decide on a game plan for your arrival.


With so many people coming in and out with furniture and boxes, it can be hard to keep track of your dog. Make sure to put your fur baby in a designated room, along with all of her favorite toys - and a bone for good measure. You don’t want her to accidentally escape in a new, unfamiliar place… especially if your new home sits close to a busy street.


If she seems unusually stressed, take a break and go for a walk. Or sit with her and stroke her fur. Remember, moving isn’t a race. Your dog’s wellbeing is more important than unloading the truck in breakneck speed.


6. Get back on track ASAP.


Once you’ve unpacked, get back into your regular routine as quickly as you can. If you usually go for early-morning walks, find a route in your new city and reinstate your ritual. It’s important to demonstrate to your dog that the move is merely a change of address - not a change of schedule.


7. Demonstrate your love through attention and care.


In the stress of moving, it’s easy to get so wound up in your own experience that you neglect to recognize the well-being of the most vulnerable members of our families - our pets. Keep in mind that dogs tend to take on the emotions of their owners, so your pet is looking to you for clues on how to adapt.


Take time to pamper and reassure your fur baby, maintain a structured routine, and create a moving game plan, and you’ll communicate your love and affection - and help your dog puppy to get acclimated to their new home. 

Good Luck!

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Few Ways To Keep Your Pet Calm on 4th Of July

 Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:06:12 PM America/Los_Angeles By Melanie Hagenbuch

Fireworks have been a traditional part of America’s Fourth of July celebrations since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. But as popular as fireworks displays are, animals don’t understand that the bursts of light and deafening explosions are just for fun. To them, Independence Day seems more like the end of days!

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Few Simple Tricks to Keep Your Dog Amused When You’re Not Home

 Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:27:38 PM America/Los_Angeles By Ben Ashel

We all know the heartbreaking feeling of leaving our pets at home for the day. Our furbabies — especially dogs — seem to absolutely hate it when we leave, and live for the moment we return. Though they’re obviously capable of being alone for a few hours at a time, loving pet owners hate the idea of their dogs being bored at home all day while they’re away at work. But with a little planning and some creativity, there are numerous ways to keep your pup entertained throughout the day, even if you’re not there with them. Here are a couple fun ideas to try.

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