Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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Tips for moving to a new house
DH & I will be moving from our 1 bedroom condo in West Hollywood to a house with a yard in Laguna Niguel! I'm so excited for the move and I bet Lola is going to be sooo happy to have more space and a yard to roam around.
It's been a challenge working through Lola's separation anxiety issues. But I think she is finally comfortable being crated in our bedroom when I leave. I'm usually only gone for an hour or two at a time and she seems to be ok. Haven't had anymore complaints that she's barking, and I haven't come home to a barking dog in a very, very long time. Even though I know her crate is a safe place, I feel bad that I have to crate her when I leave. I've tried not crating her and she always barks. I think part of it is that she's used to the routine of the crate and knows that I'll be back. So maybe its not just the safety of her crate that makes her feel comfortable, but the familiarity of the routine.
So....what should I do when I move? I figure that she's going to be confused being alone in a new house anyways....so she'll probably bark in her crate there at first too because the routine is different. I would love to let her have free roam of the house. Do you think because I'm starting over in a new house, she'll get used to being alone and not crated? I plan on working up to leaving her alone with short increments of time first, leading up to longer periods. Or should I just stick with the crate? Does anyone have any tips on their havs adjusting to a new house? I imagine it must be confusing for them to all of a sudden have a new place to live and not understand what's happening. I hope she adjusts well. And doesn't have any potty issues on my brand new carpeting! She's been to the new house with me a few times, so it won't be a totally unfamiliar place.
Susie, Lola's Mom