This last month has brought some exciting changes here at Dog Milk headquarters: we’re in the process of selling our house and moving to Portland, Oregon! It’s t-minus 3 weeks before the big “load-up-a-U-Haul-and-say-sayonara” day, though we’ve been slowly packing things up over the last few weeks. This whole process seems to stress Wrigley and Smash out (much like when we’re packing our suitcases for a trip; they just know something is up). So, that leads me to our Bark Out Loud question this month:
How have you helped your dog adjust during a move? Do you have tips for before, during, or after the move?
Please share your suggestions and experiences below!
And just for kicks and giggles, here’s one of my favorite comics on this very subject.
Beans hasn’t been taking well to his new dog bed. In fact, he’s been avoiding it altogether in favor of Lulu’s bed or the couch. When it first arrived, I coaxed him up onto it and he reluctantly posed for some photos, but on a day-to-day basis he’s practically ignored it. Dogs use their sense of smell not only to communicate but to mark their territory, and Beans, being a master marker of territory, took one sniff of this new bed and said “No thanks, lady. This ain’t my bed.”
So I needed to think of a way to 1) help him understand that this bed is for him and the big bed is for Lulu, and 2) train him to like it just as much as he likes the other spots in the house where he sleeps. I want him to use the bed, but I also want to make sure he wants to use it and is comfortable with it. But dogs aren’t like people — they don’t force themselves to spend time in a new pair of jeans knowing that they’ll eventually break them in…they are much more creatures of habit, resistant to change.
I started brainstorming… Beans likes to be close to me (sometimes I call him “Static Beans” because he’s like static cling) and snuggle up with blankets, towels and other soft things…Eureeka!
I took an old sweater that I had planned on giving to Goodwill and laid it on top of the bed. Because it had my familiar scent on it, Beans had no problem getting right up on that bed and snuggling into the warm folds of the sweater. Not only was it nice and soft, but it made him feel comforted, as though I was near. I certainly wasn’t going to wear it anymore, so at least it ended up being put to good use.
How do you make your dogs feel more comfortable and receptive to change?
Happy Thanksgiving from Dog Milk!
Here are some Thanksgiving tips for your pup from Miles, Lulu, and Beans to keep your pet safe on Turkey Day:
1. No canines in the kitchen
In most households on Thanksgiving, the kitchen can be a dangerous place, particularly if you’re low to the ground. With hot pots, pans, and plates being whisked in every direction, unsuspecting pets hoping to catch a bite can be seriously injured. The best way to prevent kitchen accidents is to keep Fido out of the chef’s corner throughout the entire evening. A space of his/her own will be the best and most relaxing solution for everyone.
This fantastic and informative illustration was done by Lili Chin of Doggie Drawings. Sometimes I feel like I do the things that you’re not supposed to do, but I can’t help it! I try to instruct my friends to greet my dogs the correct way because otherwise, they jump and get too excited. However, if you don’t know the dog, the incorrect ways could potentially be deadly.