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Help preparing my hav for change

Julie just turned 8 months old and has been a delight. I know the advice i've gotten from all of you has helped enormously during the last 6 months. Now i have a mew challenge and i'm hoping to draw on your experiences to guide me thru the next 6 weeks. My DH and I are about to introduce a number of changes into Julie's life. She's used to both of us being home, because my DH has been out of work. He starts a new job next Monday. It's great for us, but she's attached to us both and having him away all day will be a big change. Then, since his job is in another state, she'll be with me while I get everything packed so we can move in mid-August. Naturally things will be a bit chaotic during the packing/moving process. In order to get it all done, I expect I'll have less time to play with her than she's used to.

What can I do to make all of this as easy on her as possible? What should I look out for?


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Exciting changes! If possible for your schedule, I would start now having him leave the house for a few hours every day. Like have him leave tomorrow for two hours, three hours the next day, etc. I'd start with something just a little longer than what she is already used to so it will be less of a shock when he's gone next week.

Another idea is to get a new stuffed toy or blanket for your husband to sleep with until he leaves. Then you can give it to Julie when he's away.

One last idea - hire a walker or recruit a friend to take Julie out when you want to really buckle down and pack. Especially if you're about to engage in a stressful task like cleaning out that part of your house where you've been cramming things you don't know what to do with.
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Our little guys are more resilient than we think they are. We moved when ours were 8 and 9 years old, respectively, after they had lived in one house since being brought home from the breeders. On the day of the move, I made sure I had them both on leashes at the old house and then the new house until the movers had gone and all doors were closed. It was an uneventful day for them and they adjusted to the new house immediately. Our old house was one story and the new house has two floors. They loved running up and down the stairs.
I think she will probably adjust better than you think. I know you'll have your hands full packing alone and are worried about not giving her the attention she's used to, but I think if you give her time when you can, she'll adjust. Good luck with everything. Sounds like an exciting time for all of you.


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Thank you for the reassurance and the good suggestions! Julie is such a great pup. I don't want to mess up with her! I actually think she'll be good company for me and help keep my spirits up. I'll have puppy play breaks to look forward to when I feel like I can't pack one more thing.


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Sounds like a good plan and you will get to the point when you just can't pack one more thing that day. She will definately be great company for you with DH gone. You two will have a great time bonding. Best of luck in your adventure.


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My Cuzn Anne and her Hav, Lily, are getting ready to move from an apartment to a new house. It's 2 weeks away and, between all the packing boxes piled up in the apartment and the almost nightly thunderstorms, Lily is a wreck. She was an HRI Rescue 2 years ago and is a wonderful, sweet dog -- except when she's anxious -- and then she is inconsolable! Now she is anxious 24/7!! Anne has taken her to the vet 3 times now. She's got the thunderstorm freak-outs, bloody stools and general miserables. The vet has prescribed Xanax and a natural calming med -- and is considering Prozac when today's blood work comes back.

I offered to take Lily in with us for awhile. Anne agreed and will be dropping her off next Tuesday. I can't stop the thunderstorms, but I can give xanax and put on her thundershirt. And, Beau is real good at distracting everyone! He doesn't mind the storms. He and Lily get along real well (she was here for 2 months last summer after Anne broke her leg). We can just hope that she will relax a bit in familiar surroundings with "family" around and my "nudge" of a Beau can be with her even if I have to go out for a bit. Then, I'll take Beau and Lily with me when I go to help Anne with the move at the end of the month. Hope we're doing the right thing.



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