My Dog Howled for 24 Hours!

@jennybianca (12918)
Australia
August 25, 2011 11:23pm CST
It is true. We moved homes 5 weeks ago. We had to take our mini fox terrier, two cats, one bird and two goldfish with us. Despite careful planning, what a drama it was. The cats were put in the cattery the night before, and one was taken to our new home after two nights, the other after 4 nights. The dog, bird and goldfish were moved on the day. I bought $100 cat hormone spary to hewlp my cats setlle in. We bought a sedative from the vet to calm our hyperactive dog cope. It didn't work. Despite the sedative, the dog howled, whined and barked for 24 hours. When the first cat came home, she miowed all night. I have to say though, overall, the cats setlled in remarkably well. Moving pets is not an experience I want again. Have you ever had to move yopur pets from one home to another? How did it go?
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@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
26 Aug 11
Hello, My dog does not bark a lot. For the longest time I didn't believe she had a voice. She started to make growling noises when she was out of the puppy stage. By two years old she was making small attempts to bark. It was such a quiet bark like she was holding back. I thought it was quite odd for such a large dog. I was shocked the first time I heard her bark. It was a really loud bark. I think she scared herself because she looked at me like she did something wrong. She mostly whines. She makes whimpers at other dogs tied up when I walk her on a leash. She is a big baby. She whimpers when I leave the house. My tough rottweiler is really not so tough. She is 5 now. She barks at the new neighbors. She doesn't bark at a lot of people. She watches out the window a lot. I haven't figured out how she decides which people are bark material. She looks scary when she barks. People tell me I have a mean dog. I laugh inside because she is such a baby. She is quiet. She rarely barks. She barks maybe once a day. Usually at the same guy. Most smaller dogs never stop barking.
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@GardenGerty (90189)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Aug 11
That has usually been my experience. Small dogs are really yappy and loud, all of the time.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
I laughed at your description of when your dog barks and why? Or why not? I know lots of sooky dogs. Our mini foxie is a big sook, but as GG says here, the small breeds are constant barkers. In my dogs case, some of it is stress, and what she can see. Inour new home, when I didn't hav ecuratins on the lounge window, she could see evrything outside. This was a bad move, as sh ebarked at evry moving person, animal and car, and unsen things too. I ended up putting temporary curtains up. It seems unusual to me, for a dog to not make a barking sound until 2 years of age.
@GardenGerty (90189)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Aug 11
My cats have always done fine, not that I have moved much in the last thirty years. Usually I only had one when I moved. Even when I moved one clear across country, as long as we (her people) were there she was fine. She did not like moving across town though. Probably because she was older. Her response was to never leave the house. We moved from a neighborhood on a quiet street to a house on Main Street and I think the noise of the traffic scared her.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
One of my cats is reasonably settled in a car, the other isn't. You did well moving a cat across country. How did you go staying inmotels on the way? Many hotels ban pets. Do you own cats now?
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@GardenGerty (90189)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Aug 11
I am owned by three cats now. When we drove from California to Oklahoma I know there was a certain chain where we could have pets. We also tended to drive round the clock as much as possible or sleep in the car at rest areas. That has been well over thirty five years ago, and I know I have forgotten. I know she liked to hide under the car seats, and we may have left her in the car overnight. I have two that pretty well like the car now. One will lay on top of the car even as we are trying to drive out the driveway. My niece took a cat with her when she drove a semi.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
I like your comment that you are owned by 3 ctas now! Very true. If I was on my home computer, I would put apicture of one of my cats. She is so fluffy.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
26 Aug 11
I moved my 4 cats about 2 hours away. I gave them seditives and they still cried the whole way. We put them in the carriers early, that was a task in itself. I didn't take them till we had done all the painting and moving because they don't go outside and they always try to sneak out. Once they got there they were okay, it was just getting them there!
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
Four cats to move! That would be hell.I have exactly the same problem with cat carriers, getting them in. One of my cats apparently can sense when we are going to use the carrier, and can tell the time. Every time without fail, when she had to go the vet, she woud disappear hours before the time to get her in the carrier. We would use every trick available to get her inside and not hiding. She became known at the vets regarding this behaviour.
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• United States
29 Aug 11
My cats seemed to know when they were going to the doctor also. I started getting the crates out the day before to try and throw them off. Then I would close all the doors and try to keep them in one room and put them in a few hours early, and even then I had to put them in a pillow case first and then empty it into the carriers. Once they got to the vets though they didn't want to come out and wanted to go back in every chance they got. When I would get them home they would come out with no problem of course.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
30 Aug 11
One of my cats hides her head under my arm, as she thinks the vet can't see her!
@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
28 Aug 11
cats do best if you put them in a smallish room with familiar objects after all the moving is done, or at least all the moving into that room... I've never had a problem with dogs, but never had a hyper one either...
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
I tried to keep my cats restricted to one room, or at least a few, but it didn't really work. Although upset, they wanted to explore.
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@ElicBxn (60050)
• United States
29 Aug 11
once you are done moving, letting them out is okay, but you don't want them out if the major furniture still needs moving around
@MsTickle (24966)
• Australia
2 Sep 11
I've never had a problem and I've moved a few times with different pets. There have even been a couple of interstate moves...the last one, my dog had to travel with me for 9 hours in the car in the summer time with no air. I was really worried as she had never been on a long trip but she did just fine. She was obedient and relaxed with no misbehaviour and I think she enjoyed the trip immensely. It was a shame that the cats move was via the cattery...I would have moved them straight to the new place, together. Your dear little ones must be highly strung or easily stressed or something. I hope your little ones are doing fine in the new place.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
2 Sep 11
The reason I put the cats in the cattery the night before the move, is because the removalists were going to take 11 hours to move all my belongings. doors would have been open all the time. All the heavy gear and moving noises , and strange men would have really scared the cats. Your dog did very well to travel for 9 hours in a car.
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
27 Aug 11
We keep our dogs in the barn and sometimes we take them home. I think they already got used to it and they even understand when it is barn day for them. They love traveling by car too. We did not have the same experience like you did. But the first time we got them as puppies, they also cried and howled all night.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
I have seen a lot of dogs, just like yours, that love cars. Our mini fox terrier has always hyperventilated when in the car. the vet said it is anxiety. If we have the window down half way, she is a fair bit better.
• United States
26 Aug 11
I moved my two cats from Germany to the States when we relocated here and then after the flight and the long drive plus hotel living for a few weeks was a trip and event I would never want to repeat.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
I do remember yiou telling me years ago about moving your cats from Germany. I would do the same as you, nerve wracking though it would be. I could never leave my cats.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
26 Aug 11
Ah! A woman after my own heart! We have two cats, one dog, one bird and four fish and yes we too had to move them all once! Everyone did fine, the cats have always lived indoors so they were okay but our dog was not happy either. She cried and whined the first night and fortunately settled down after that. Shifting house is a drama for everyone human and animal!
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
29 Aug 11
You have nearly exactly the same as us, just have more goldfish. Guess, your dog, like ours, found it hard to not have familiar smells . Your cats did better than mine. Our are settling down though, although the older one is not too sure about the front garden.We have a large back yard pergola, and this has been a boon for the cats.
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@chiwasaki (4678)
• Philippines
26 Aug 11
I had an experience moving my big dog from are old house to our new house about a year ago. At first the dog since uncomfortable. She ran here and there and try to sniff almost every little thing. When the night came, we all sleep together in one bed. The dog seems to get used with the house already the next morning.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
26 Aug 11
I bet she loved all the new smells. She probably settled well because she was allowed to sleep with you.
@nezavisima (7419)
• Bulgaria
26 Aug 11
I had no case. but I know that your dog is experiencing a breakup with his former house. Simple is hard because it is there chuvstavalo sigulno of place and it was his house. He needs time to get used to new surroundings. do not worry. nice day!
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
26 Aug 11
Yes, I can imagine that her smell and surroundings were very familiar to her. She gets very anxious easily. Thank you for your comments.