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dog and two homes

i am planning on taking my pooch to florida this winter. we go each month for a week or so at a time. he always flies pet in cabin. here's the problem. the place in florida is new, he's not familiar with it, we have brought his pillows from home, toys, etc. we didn't handle the transition well last year and when we returned back to cleveland he had major separation anxiety issues to deal with. that's behind us now but i need to be more prepared this year with our trips to florida.

any tips on how to help your dog adjust to a new place? we tend to bring him everywhere we go, it's easy in florida but there are times when he needs to stay behind. any advise, please send it this way. thanks
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I think the important thing to him, is that he is with YOU, no matter where you are. We just spent a week travelling around Michigan and Ohio visiting family, I packed alot of stuff from home, and I tried to keep her routine as structured as possible.

Make sure you have the favorite toys, blankets, beds, treats, bowls, etc. And I think if you give some extra love and attention he will settle in quickly. I still brushed her every day around the same time, and played the same games, spent time with training tricks, etc.

She even like the bed better at one hotel than she did OUR house! Heck, so did I.....so I bought a new mattress! lol,

I betcha he will settle in within a few weeks.

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my concern is that we are in and out every month so he doens't have a long period of time to get use to the place, just a week or 10 days before we pack up and fly home only to head out again in a month.
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Cosmosmom probably has the best experience with this. She travels between a few different homes on a regular basis, but she may be offline for a little while now.
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I have a home a Florida (I don't get down more than a couple of weeks during the year) and I have a motorhome which we spend a fair amount of time in between April and November. I have never had any issues traveling with the dogs. They have different beds and toys in Florida and the motorhome and don't seem to have any issues. I think they actually like the change of atmosphere . . . they run like hell for the toybox/tent when I open the door to the Florida house.
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Like Kara said, I think it is more important to keep a similar routine when you travel from place to place. Meal times, walking, playing and sleeping. Sam is happy where ever we are as long as he has "us" and his "crate".

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I have a home a Florida (I don't get down more than a couple of weeks during the year) and I have a motorhome which we spend a fair amount of time in between April and November. I have never had any issues traveling with the dogs. They have different beds and toys in Florida and the motorhome and don't seem to have any issues. I think they actually like the change of atmosphere . . . they run like hell for the toybox/tent when I open the door to the Florida house.
That's a good point, Arlene. I travel in the motorhome often and the dogs never show any different behaviors between the house and the RV. They have completely different beds in the rig, and even a different routine (except for meals) and they seem to do quite well in adjusting to it all.
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I was really worried about how Gucci would act, being in three different places, but she did fine. The only thing I noticed, is that she would get MORE upset if I had to leave her for even 10 minutes for something. But she, ate, played, napped as usual. I just tried to keep her "schedule" the same, and I think it did help. She still got groomed, butt baths, etc. lol

She was a little miffed on where to hide her bones, lol...but I do think they are happy to be with you. She seemed to like to travel.

We are about to go to Gulfport for the weekend, and Gucci won't be going I'm going to feel pretty bad when she sees the suitcases and gets excited

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We go away every year for 2-3 weeks to the same shore house, and my guys seem to settle in fine. I bring their beds, and their special toys, so they feel at home. I always make sure that for the first day, someone is always home. They settle nicely.

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While I don't have a second home, I have sold my home and had to temporarily move to a rental and we then went to visit family and now move cross country. I think it was successful because we took Dora's 5 favorite toys, her blanket that I didn't really think of hers but if you put this down in any room, my girls settle on it. I also used rescue remedy when I felt they were a little too nervous-we drove thru some bad weather. I took my seameal that Dora goes crazy for and put it on her kibble too to make sure ate at the time I wanted her to. But I think overall, she has adjusted fine. She has been so excited to get out and hike each day and has been really happy this entire trip. I think if when you first get to the new home if you could try and not leave him much that might help. I notice my maltese who is a mommy's girl went crazy everytime my husband would leave and really went crazy when he drove away from the hotel room so she was stressed for her.

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