When it comes time for you to move, your Chihuahua will come with you. Fortunately, it's easy to find apartments and housing communities that allow small dogs--but to safely relocate, your dog may have to learn some new rules. You can help your Chihuahua by teaching her a few simple tasks before relocating.
Crate training. Since Chihuahuas are small, most owners don't crate train them or require them to sleep in cages. Even when in public, most Chihuahuas are safe and content in an owner's doggy purse. When you relocate, your dog will need to remain in a crate in transit. Most airlines will allow you to keep your Chihuahua with you if the dog can remain calm in a crate. Start by crating your dog at night. Let him know that the crate isn't a punishment by placing a small blanket and toys in the crate. Reward your Chihuahua with a treat when she enters the crate.
The crate also offers stability to the dog. Your Chi's crate will look and smell the same in your old home, in transit and at your new home. While moving boxes and furniture in, you should also keep your Chihuahua crated for his own safety.
Pack immediate basics. Toothpaste, your current read and your favorite comfy clothes: these are things you'll pack separately from other objects. When you arrive at your destination, you'll want to know where they are because you use them all the time. The same holds true for your dog. Your Chihuahua will adjust well to her new home if she receives the same dog food, food bowls and toys she had back at her old home. If you want to change any of these things, wait until your dog settles down. Dogs need comforts, too!
Meeting others. You can also work on your dog's social skills before you relocate. Your Chihuahua is familiar with your neighbors and most of the dogs at the dog park--but what about in his new space? Get in the habit of introducing him to new people and dogs prior to moving to avoid social conflicts at the new home.
Basic needs. Don't forget that your Chihuahua is small. Especially if you use puppy pads, you may not realize how frequently a small dog needs to relieve himself. Chihuahuas also need to remain hydrated and monitored for nervous behavior. Don't forget your dog's basic needs during the moving process.
Your Chihuahua may seem confused or reticent after you relocate with her. Do your best to show her that you are comfortable in your new home and there to offer her affection. Offering your dog familiar toys and food will help her adjust. With your presence and leadership, the dog should adjust in a few days to a week.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com as Chihuahua Examiner. Republished with permission of the author.