Moving to a new home may be one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever have to tackle. But in the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape and moving trucks, you might not realize how stressed your pets feel, too. We chatted with ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research Dr. Katherine Miller about ways to make the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friends.
Dog breeds are characterized by certain physical and behavioral traits. Each breed was developed to perform a specific job, whether that job is hunting rabbits, retrieving downed birds, herding livestock or sitting on people’s laps. When developing a breed, breeders selected only those dogs that performed their job best to produce the next generation.
Your dog is a part of your family, and making the decision to give her up can be heartbreaking. But sometimes, because of financial reasons, lifestyle changes or specific pet behavior problems, it’s the best decision for everyone. Taking your dog to an animal shelter is much better than leaving her somewhere to fend for herself—a death sentence for most dogs and illegal in most states. However, your dog will likely find the shelter environment stressful, and, depending on the policies of the shelter, she may be at risk for euthanasia.
To their fans, small dogs are adorable, compact, cuddly, transportable, economical pets with winsome faces and lots of personality. They’re popular with city residents, apartment dwellers and those who don’t have a lot of living space. They eat less than larger dogs, produce less waste, shed less fur, often enjoy a longer life span, are easier to control and don’t require as much effort to exercise.