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    Hi everyone,

    In my last post I mentioned that I would be moving house and was a bit worried about my 11 month old lab.

    over the weekend we have moved house and pepper has now been introduced to her new yard and house.. she is used to having another lab by her side (the family dog) and a large acre block to run around on and fences that she can see all cars other dogs and animals she has now been moved to a much smaller yard, with high fences (cant see anything) and no other dog to keep her company.

    she is very distressed and will constantly howl and cry at the door, my partner said to ignore her and let her settle, but I am not sure if I am doing the right thing by doing this. we have incorporated taking her a for a walk both morning and night to give her that extra exercise and she sleeps straight after it as she is exhausted, but she just seems so upset. we are eventually thinking of getting a rescue dog to give her that extra bit of company but at this point in time we are just trying to get her settled. we leave a little radio on all day as we have heard that they calms them a bit.

    we have both left this work this morning, and I am freaking out that she is so upset. I wont be home til 5pm this afternoon and cant stop thinking about her.

    what are some thoughts from you guys

    any help would be greatly appreciated

    thanks in advance

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    It sounds like your dog needs to settle in, and this might take some time.
    But also that the dog has some separation anxiety issues.

    ie. that the new garden is not that relevant, more that the absence of strategies to manager anxiety (lots to watch, dog next door etc) have been removed. Like some protective factors against anxiety have gone.

    A barking howling dog, add a 2nd dog = 2 barking howling dogs usually. So would recommend dog walker visit during day, leaving radio on, long term puzzle toys, timer bubble blower, marrow bone, dirt/sand pit, water paddle pool. etc
    And when you are home, start training, stay outside, on your own, without carrying on like a pork chop!
    Leave her in yard, dont go out to her immediately on return. Delay her gratification of having access to you, and reward her waiting times. that ever increase, till she will stay quiet with or without you.

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    This might be too late to help now, but also let your new neighbours know when you move in that your dog may be a bit unsettled and ask for their help in letting you know of anything at all - barking, howling, escape attempts, etc. If you ask your neighbours to help they're less inclined to be annoyed at a barking/howling dog nearby.

    Give the dog plenty to do in your absence - good hints in the previous post. If you can, put the dog indoors or in a secured run to reduce the chances of the dog escaping or being stolen or accidentally let out. Put locks on any access points you can, e.g gates, so that others can't let the dog out if it has to stay in the yard unsecured. Lots of pets go missing before/during/after a move...because they're unsettled and unsure and want to find us. Dogs are pack animals...they just want the pack to stay together, all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    timer bubble blower
    This sounds awesome. Where do I get one of these?

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    she is very distressed and will constantly howl and cry at the door, my partner said to ignore her and let her settle
    I think you can get something called a dog appeasing pheromone - which you plug in somewhere near the dog's spot, and its supposed to calm a dog.

    I think it would have been helpful if you had crate trained your dog before you moved, and then she'd have a safe place to be in the new place. Ie her place would be the portable crate and she'd feel safe and secure where ever you put that.

    It's possibly not too late to do some crate training with her. You could also wear an old tshirt you don't want any more, until it's smelly - sleep in it. And leave that on your dog's bed when you go out.

    As far as caving in to howling dog - as with children - do it immediately or don't do it at all. Sometimes I use a bridge word eg "in a minute" to let the dog know - I've heard it and I'm going to let them in as soon as I can. And sometimes I use a not bridge word ie "oops" or "it's not going to happen" for - I'm not letting you in now, or I'm not letting you in until you're quiet.

    If you're training a dog they need to be quiet to be let in - you need to build up slowly, ie the first time they take a breath - you let them in. The next time - wait for two breaths... then next time - one breath... and gradually increase the average time of quiet dog before you let the dog in, varying longer and shorter times.

    Try to make the outside yard a fun place to be. Ie play games with your dog there, feed your dog there, do some trick training there, sit out there and brush your dog or read a book and let your dog relax with you out there.

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    Hi Everyone,

    update!

    Pepper is doing just fine, she is still lonely and has little whinge but that's it. When we first started taking her walking she would get to the side gate of the house and resist to go in and want to go away, but now I think she realises this is her home and she races straight in.

    Pepper barks at times but it is at the dogs next door, she has such a LOUD bark. She has my dressing gown with my scent on it for bed and she loves laying on that. I ensure I walk her morning and night which she thoroughly enjoys and before work I spend half hour to an hour throwing the ball for her to ware her out.

    I feel a little bad as I can sense she is lonely.

    What I wanted to do when I moved was occasionally take Pepper back to my parents to have time out and run around on the acre with Beau however last weekend Beau Tragically passed away as he was bitten by a red belly I don't want to take her back home as she will be looking for him everywhere!!!

    Thanks for al lyour ideas

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    I'm sorry to hear that Beau was killed by a snake.

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    hi Peppers mummy

    Thanks for the update.

    That's shocking about Beau. I would be scared to take my dog there in case she finds that red belly or another one...

    At the moment I'm trying to persuade her that she's to leave alone the blue tongue in our back yard. It's been out since the end of August. Winter never really got cold here.

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