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Thread: Is It Stressful for a Dog to Have Two Homes?

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    Default Is It Stressful for a Dog to Have Two Homes?

    The reason i ask is this...last week i moved out of my partners house (where Abbie and Buckley have grown up together), back to my parents and have taken Abbie with me. Buckley has remained with my partner.

    Abbie is still settling into my parents but seems to be getting better and generally seems very happy to be there.

    My partner and i are trying to work through our problems and i therefore will still be visiting him a few times a week, maybe ever staying over on weekends. I of course really want Abbie to come with me on these occasions so she can have a play with Buckley, see my partner and so i can give my parents a bit of break from her.

    But at the same time I'm unsure if this will cause stress to her? I took her over last night and she seemed happy enough. Just layed down and had a sleep for a few hours until it was time for us to go. Does anyone has similar experiences? I know dogs are very resilient, but i just want to make sure she is happy.

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    I think it is great.
    Dogs don't think and rationalise as we do and live in the here and now.
    Just keep a watch out though.
    Give no special treatment, keep it all matter of fact.
    If you are worried they will pick up on this.
    Don't fight in front of the dogs.
    They are very good at picking up tension.

    Just do what you feel is the best for the dog judging by reactions.

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    I don't think it would worry her what so ever. It would be like going home and then to the "holiday house" with lots of room to run! haha

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I am sure she will handle it fine. Some dogs might not (ie: anxious dogs) but Abbie seems quite stable and just a happy go lucky sort of dog. She will like it as she gets to go see and hear different things on different days, see your partner who I am sure she loves and Buckley to have fun and play with.

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    Ok that eases my mind a lot. I was just worried that it would confuse her and thus, she wouldn't know which place to call her home. She is obviously much more relaxed at my partners because she grew up there but she seems to rely more on the company of familiar people over everything else anyway. I just didn't want anything to delay her accepting her new home.

    My mum often has friends and what not visit her during the day which Abbie is not at all pleased about. She is really bad with new people. My mums, mum came over the day and i was told she spent the entire time barking and growling at her. Is it best to put her outside when she does this, or try to encourage her to come towards the 'stranger'?

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    I think my dog's favourite place to be is where I am so if I'm at two homes, she would want to be at two homes.

    She also doesn't mind play dates with old friends - so visiting new places - of itself is not stressfull, as long as there's plenty of joy there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    My mum often has friends and what not visit her during the day which Abbie is not at all pleased about. She is really bad with new people. My mums, mum came over the day and i was told she spent the entire time barking and growling at her. Is it best to put her outside when she does this, or try to encourage her to come towards the 'stranger'?
    Never force a dog to approach someone they are not comfortable with, they can feel cornered and we all know dogs are fight or flight. No flight the other option is more often then not fight (some dogs will just shutdown).

    If you want to get her used to your mums friends. Give them a treat to hold (chicken neck or something equal size and yummy), have them go outside with Abbie and then just crouch down side on to her with the treat, if Abbie approaches great, give her the treat and make sure they pat her under her head or on her neck/back, not on top of her head and make sure they don't tower/lean over her or stare at her and no sudden movements/loud voices. If she doesn't approach then they can drop the treat or throw it to her and walk back inside and try again another time.

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    My old dog was quite an anxious dog and could get nervous about new places and situations. But she was always fine to stay at places that she knew well even if she had not been there for ages. And it always helped if the rules regarding access to couches and beds, etc were similar to home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Never force a dog to approach someone they are not comfortable with, they can feel cornered and we all know dogs are fight or flight. No flight the other option is more often then not fight (some dogs will just shutdown).

    If you want to get her used to your mums friends. Give them a treat to hold (chicken neck or something equal size and yummy), have them go outside with Abbie and then just crouch down side on to her with the treat, if Abbie approaches great, give her the treat and make sure they pat her under her head or on her neck/back, not on top of her head and make sure they don't tower/lean over her or stare at her and no sudden movements/loud voices. If she doesn't approach then they can drop the treat or throw it to her and walk back inside and try again another time.
    Absolutely, i would never force her or corner her into a social situation. She is the nerviest, skittish dog around new people..yet the most affectionate, loving dog with people she knows well. Unfortunately she needs a lot of time to warm up to people. The first time she met my mum, she nipped her leg as she was walking out the door. After about 10 more meets (with mum primarily ignoring her) she was good and now she absolutely dotes on my mum. Follows her around all day and insists on cuddles 24/7.

    I just don't want any more nipping from her and especially around elderly people! Some people aren't so understanding about under socialised dogs. I don't expect her to want to be pat straight away..i just want her to understand that she is not to bark or growl at people she doesn't know, even if they are in what she now see's as her territory. Especially with Christmas time, and the inevitable family gathering that go with it, coming up.
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    We were recently traveling with our dog. For about one week we were staying every night at a different place. I was quite amazed how unaffected he was. As long as we are with him, he is fine. No matter if we had to squish into a small motel room or if we had a 3 BR house with yard... it didn't matter to him at all. It's actually quite reassuring to know that if we ever went bankrupt and have to live in our car - our dog will be happily coming with us... 'nah worries mate, just throw me that ball will ya'

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