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Estrela Mountain Dogs

Aliases: Portuguese Shepherd, Cao da Serra da Estrela

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Helping an Estrela adjust to new surroundings

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If you are planning to move to a new home or apartment, your Estrela Mountain Dog will likely take some time to adjust and might even suffer from anxiety.

It is in their nature to be territorial animals that become accustomed to specific sights, smells, and sounds both in his home and in the surrounding neighborhood, so don't be surprised if your Estrela is traumatized to some extent by all the changes. Dogs that don't get outside much are likely to be more severely affected by a move.

To help your dog get used to your new residence, be sure to take along all of his favorite things - his bed, the same food he's accustomed to eating, treats, toys, and so on. Place these things basically in the same areas as they were in your previous home.

It used to be that dog owners had to move their beloved pets along with their furniture, which can be a real hassle. However, today there are professional moving services that will ensure your pet travels and arrives safely at its destination for a fee. Often they are moved in comfort in a smoke-free, air-conditioned or heated van with water readily available. Appropriate bathroom breaks, exercise, and walks should also be included to ease any stress that the dog might endure.

Some people think they must give up their pets when they move, but adjustments can be made in that regard as well. While many apartments say they do not accept pets, it might be the landlord's preference rather than a strict rule. It could pay off to visit the landlord with your Estrela to show him that your dog is trained, well mannered, and under control.

Moving to a house poses other potential problems. Most people would not want to part with their Estrela for any reason, so look for pet friendly aspects of the place, such as a fenced yard or area to run before you make that purchase. It might be possible to acquire a license to build a fence or area for your dog, if there isn't any.

Also investigate beforehand where the nearest veterinarian, grooming facilities, and/or pet store are located. Homeowners should educate themselves on the town or city requirements when it comes to pets. You should also be aware of the neighbors and what pets they might have. If there is a particularly aggressive animal living next to you, it could escalate into a serious problem.

Of course, the most important thing is that your Estrela's family will still be with him at his new home. Make sure you give your pet that extra bit of attention to help him feel secure. Just be patient with your dog, as it might take him a few weeks to totally adjust.


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