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My husband and I just brought home my old retired show dog, Tully, from my parents house (was there while I was away at school). Tully, a very well behaved English Springer Spaniel, will be 9 in April and is a completely wonderful dog to have. Now that we are out of college and in a dog friendly apartment I was able to bring Tully home with me to Oregon.
I would like advice on how to get him use to his new environment, without having the stress of being home alone while we are away at work.
We left him for about 45 minuets while we went grocery shopping and came home to hear him only howling (not barking) - and I perfectly understand that he is worried about being alone in a new environment. What is the best way to transition him into feeling safe and accustomed with his new living arrangement? I've already started on a schedule with him, his eating, elimination, kennel time, and free time, but I'm so concerned about making sure that he feels safe and comfortable where he is.
My husband is home all this week to get Tully use to his new situation, but I'm getting worried that a week isn't long enough. He stays home in an ex pen while we are away with a few bones and a plush toy.

Any suggestions??
 

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My advice would be to surround him with things he's familiar with while you're away...his old bed from his last home, toys, things that hold your scent, etc. to try to help him feel more at ease in his new situation. Also, for some dogs, leaving on a radio or tv while you're away can help them as well. Hope some of this advice helps.
 
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