Now that my Dalmatian pup has had all his vaccinations, we wanted him to stay outside when we go to work like we used to do with our other dog when she was alive. We are trying to slowly make him go outside by himself for periods and shut the door so he gets used to the idea but he howls like crazy the whole time. We are away from him for a maximum of 5 hours at a time. He goes outside by himself when we are home but only for about 20 minutes and then he comes back in to find us. But if that door is shut and he can't come back in, the whole neighbourhood hears him!!! Any advice on how we should go about it?
It sounds like your dog has seperation anxiety. I have heard that dalmatians are very people oriented. He may just prefer to be inside with you guys at all times. is he not doing well being left inside while you guys are gone? If hes done it all his life that he's been with you, maybe he just can't adjust to being left outside and feels more abandoned than usual.
He's doing okay while we are at work....we haven't used a crate because we can section him off in the kitchen, lounge and dining room area. This is the only area we can actually section off which isn't too good because I am scared he is eventually going to chew our chairs, tables, couches etc. He has made a small hole in the couch but it is on the material under the cushions so we don't really mind because you can't see it. Our aim was to keep him inside until he was fully vaccinated and then he can go outside when we are at work and be inside when we are at home. Maybe he will have to stay inside? But forever? Is it cruel to just put him out and leave him to whine and howl for hours? Will he get used to it or freak out?
As soon as the dog goes out give him a Kong full of peanut butter or other treat. Only give it to him when he is outside. Also, play a lot with him outside just to let him see that you like it out there, too.
He is a really affectionate puppy and just loves his mum and dad!!! People I have spoken to say "just put him out when you go to work and he'll get over it"....do you think this is cruel? Maybe he will howl for FIVE HOURS?
The howling is his way of calling "IS ANYONE THERE???" The dog does not want to be alone. Does the dog freak when you leave him alone in the house. Its not cruel to leave the dog in the house when you go to work. But if hes having a hard time staying outside, thats cruel, to him and the neighbours.
I thought that would be cruel too....I can't stand the sound of him screaming out....and we feel really mean because all he wants to do is be with us but we feel we are punishing him for it! Looks like he will be a house dog for a while longer.
Medication should be a last resort. You dog is young and is a people oriented breed. You can still leave him in a crate or the bathroom when you are out just to save face with your neighbors. I would still try to make outside the best place in the world for him. My brother had a shepard X that would whine everytime it was out alone. I would only give him treats outside. It worked! Soon after he wanted to go out just to have a tasty snack.
maybe you could just gate him in the kitchen. i wouldn't leave him outside to howl for hours. that would invite neighbor problems and cause a lot of stress for the dog. in the house it smells like his people and is where he is with his people so it's more comfortable for him. there's nothing wrong with leaving him in the house.