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#1 Tjljjw

Posted 07 February 2020 - 03:46 PM

I have just recently moved into a new house. My dog is 7 (Maltese Shih Tzu) and we lived in the previous house for 5.5 years.

Since we moved here she has moved heaven and earth to get out of the the back yard. I work from home so she seems settled and fine when I am at home but if I go out and leave her she digs out of the yard. She has got out twice and one of the times she went over a km away to my ex husbands house and was waiting out the front when he got home. She only knows him really through him coming over to pick up the kids and we were briefly together a short time after I got her. She has also stayed at his house once when I went away for a few days. Even this week when he came over to pick up the kids she runs out to his car and tries to get in.

I just don't understand! She is so loved here and fed, walked, and is treated like a little princess.

She is also very attached to me, she will not let anyone walk her except for me (unless she is at my mums and I am not there she will go with her) She follows me everywhere in the house, if I go upstairs even for a second she is right behind me.

I have put pavers around the fence heavy enough that she cant move them but she is now trying to dig under them and she has never displayed this behaviour before.

I have just ordered a tracker to attach to her collar so if I am out I can check she is still at home, she is microchipped and has my phone number on a tag on her collar but literally has no road sense at all which is the biggest worry.

We also only moved 100m down the road too. I went past there to check mail the other day and she dug her heels in and would not move like it was where she lived.

We have been here almost a month now.

Any advise on how to handle this would be appreciated.

Edited by Tjljjw, 07 February 2020 - 03:47 PM.

#2 JoanJett

Posted 07 February 2020 - 04:30 PM

Our dog coped well, but was younger when we moved, and she's a Lab, and no offence, from my experiences, they are far more easy going than the average Maltese.  We had a little digging, but it was more sensory exploring than escape attempts.

It takes a while for everything in your new home and yard to smell familiar to your dog, particularly if the favourite smell source (you from the sounds of things) is not there.  

Is your dog crate-trained?  If so, I would crate her when you're out till she adjusts better.

Otherwise, can you confine her to part of the house inside when you're out or create a small secure dog run?  

Some other ideas would be leaving familiar smelling items with her, treat toys like Kongs if she's food driven, making sure she's well exercised before you go out and minimising time out as far as feasible til she adjusts. If she's prone to anxiety/separation anxiety, it might be worth seeing your vet as well.

Good luck.

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