Moved House - Advice please

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Hi

I haven't posted a lot on here, but have been an avid follower even before we got our Maggie (22 months).

We have recently moved house, literally just down the road (finally on the property ladder!). We had been quite please with the way Maggie had settled into the house. The first couple of days we could not leave the room without her getting upset and following us everywhere. However by the 3rd night she put herself to bed and slept through to the morning, woke up fairly early but that's quite normal for her.

Yesterday was our first day back to normal, both of us going back to work. So Maggie was on her own for about 4 hours in the afternoon. I got back to find the house still standing and no noise! however on taking her out for our afternoon walk my new neighbour told me she'd been howling and crying all afternoon! Not the best way to meet my new neighbour. They were fine about it, just wanted to let me know.

So my questions really is, will you just reassure me that she will eventually settle down and go back to her normal quiet self! I'd hate to start upsetting our new neighbours, but more importantly i want Maggie to be happy!
I do have lot of interactive toys and Kongs and stuff but she only tends to play with them when someone is with her (no idea why that is). We give her Cows Ears but they only last a matter of minutes and when we give her a nice big juicy bone it does keep her occupied but it tends to upset her stomach.

The other problem might be that she used to be able to look out of the window and just watch the world go by, but in the new house she hasn't really got anywhere to do that. Unless i let her upstairs, which i've never really done before..
Anyway i really just want people to tell me it will be ok! But any thoughts and advice would be gratefully received.

Penny
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The best thing to do would be to give her time. It might take her a little while to get used to it, but she will. You might want to let her upstairs to look out that window unless there is a health hazard to letting her up there. You can always puppy-proof.

Kim
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Was Maggie crate trained? If so, she might feel safer in her crate while you are gone - at least for a while until she settles in. Especially since you're only gone for 4 hours. She's still a very young dog, and her confidence might be a little shaky in a new place. Then later on, you could advance to just leaving the crate door open so she could get in and out.

Since Libby has been gone, Gabe stays in his crate while I'm gone. He can come out, but prefers to stay in it when he's alone. He didn't do that when Lib was alive - he slept next to the bed that she was sleeping on.

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No Maggie wasn't crate trained.  It was something i'd never done before nor any of my family so i didn't want to risk messing it up! 

I think i'm worrying about it a bit too early as it was only her first day yesterday.  Hopefully in a few weeks or so she'll feel more comfortable. 

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Penny there are lots of good threads on crate training here in the forum, it is simple to do. And if you are worried about how to do it then just get a crate and put her things in there and let her find it and decide to go in. But you really should try to crate train for other reasons too. I feel for her being in a new place and being worried, are there no sliding doors anywhere?? where a dog bed could be placed to look out??