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Moving/changing questions...

Well, I've finally made the final decision to move close to family in Idaho. (No jobs around here on the island...)

I will put the house on the market in January because I've always heard that houses don't sell well around Christmas, which makes sense to me--who would want to move during this season?!

So, I'm using the time to start sorting, throwing out, and organizing...and Tucker is very nervous!! He keeps pacing and wanting to go outside, which he NEVER wants to do just to do it. (And it's about 25 degrees.) He wants me to go outside with him, but if I don't he still constantly wants "out-Mom come out...ok, I'll come in...OUT...Mom come with me...no, I don't want to stay out alone...etc..." The only thing I can figure is that he's nervous because of my activity here in the home and it is unsettling him for some reason.

Any ideas or tips, from those of you who have done this or seen it?

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He knows something is up, and his environment is changing.

Years ago, I had an Akita. He was the PERFECT dog in every sense of the word. Until I packed up to move...he became extremely nervous, showed behavior much like Tucker, and couldn't seem to figure out what he wanted or when he wanted it. He had the only "accident" EVER in his whole life - he marked/sprayed MY SOFA!!! He was neutered, had never exhibited that behavior in the past, and being an Akita, it was not a tiny spray!!! Took three cleanings and several hundred dollars to finally get the darn thing clean.

Anyway, the two big things I would suggest are:

1) try to keep his routing and his surroundings as unchanged as possible. For example, if you have a spare bedroom with a closet stuffed full, start your cleaning there, NOT in the room where he spends most of his time. Try to keep the changes subtle - clean out drawers and cabinets, but leave all of the knick-knacks and the outward appearance the same as much as possible.

2) When it is time to move, try to dedicate 1-2 days to packing (if you can), and don't pack until the very last minute. Do it all in one fell swoop. I know it's better for you if this can be a gradual process, but having his "stuff" displaced and boxes around will be very unsettling for him.

These things won't eliminate his anxiety, but will make things seem as normal as possible for as long as possible.

Good luck!
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Smarty does this when I bring one of the suitcases out or when we were bring down the Christmas decorations. She will even get in the suitcase and hide. They are much more aware of what is happening than we realize.

Then there is Galen who could care less...........

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I have not had this happen so I do not know from experience. But I wonder Sheri if you can make a game out of sorting and organizing... Maybe find a favorite toy in the closet or drawer you are cleaning and toss it to him... stop right there among all the boxes and bags and have him do a series of his favorite tricks for treats...try to include him in your process... I know I would not be able to pack in two days.

Congrats on the decision. good luck...and know no matter where you go we will be here for you. that's the great thing about on-line friends.




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Good luck with the move!
I think he is picking up your "energy". He might be trying to say relax and be with him.
That pick up our vibes---I know Oliver and Comet do.

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I am new to this with the canine family so I can only send you my best wishes for a happy, uneventful move. My poor felines have been through this enough times and even though they sensed the upheaval, the transition went smoothly. Change is difficult.

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Good luck to you Sheri, I don't have any advice either but I hope you'll be very happy moving closer to your family.

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Sheri,
Good luck on your move, sounds like a good thing to be closer to family.

My dogs seem to get nervous when I start rearranging things in the house, so I think I have seen some of what you are talking about.

I really dont know how to handle it to make the dogs feel better about it...

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Well, I've finally made the final decision to move close to family in Idaho. (No jobs around here on the island...)

I will put the house on the market in January because I've always heard that houses don't sell well around Christmas, which makes sense to me--who would want to move during this season?!

So, I'm using the time to start sorting, throwing out, and organizing...and Tucker is very nervous!! ?
You're right, listing during the holidays isn't a great time. We've had 3 people look at our house. Ugh.
Our house was turned completely upside down 3 times, twice when new wood flooring went in (the first new wood floor flooded) and once when walls had to be torn out because of Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber the painters who used a chemical they shouldn't have and the dogs were ok except when I had to stay in a hotel for 10 days because of the chemical. They got antsy for a couple of days but their daddy gave them a ton of attn.
Can you get an empty box and put a toy for Tucker in it and let him find it (with your help)? Giving him a lot of attn will help but don't validate his fears by saying oh you poor baby, etc.
Good luck to you....it's not easy!

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what about that view out your picture window?

My dogs know what I am thinking! They are so into the routine of their week. They know the days I pick Alana up from school and are waiting by the door way before I am ready to go...but they know the "usual" time we leave on Tuesday afternoons especially.

Tucker knows you are feeling a bit sad about leaving...he mirrors you!

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