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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Moving Day

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

On average, a middle-income American will change his place of residence 11.7 times. The family pet will likely be involved in several of those moves!

You can ease Fido's anxiety about moving by taking him to the "new place" and allowing him to sniff and explore all the nooks and crannies. Take along an old towel or tee shirt and drop it on the floor so it will smell like the new places and bring it along to the house from which you currently reside. In that way your dog will associate the smells and feel less anxious about the move.

Never leave Fido alone with filled packing boxes--his ongoing trepidation may initiate a destructive urge or cause him to "mark" his territory. If this occurs please remember that dogs are instinct-driven and incapable of spiteful actions.

Rainbow BridgeTry to remain with your best buddy for a few days after the move to reassure him that he has not been abandoned in a strange place. Take him for long walks so his scent will lead him home in the awful event that he becomes lost! Introduce him to the new neighbors so they will recognize one another and visit the local veterinarian as soon as possible to update his microchip information.

The transition to a new place can be traumatic for both humans and dogs but with diligence, it can be accomplished without too much stress. If you have questions about this topic or any other dog-related issue please call or text me at 856.981.8957 or email me at There is never a fee for this type of consultation.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn O Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC 

Pictured: The Rainbow Bridge