My boyfriend's dog (approx. 6 years old) has recently been wetting his doggie bed during the night. He's usually good about about whinning if he needs to go out and I think it is strange that he doesn't even get out of his bed after he pees in it. My boyfriend thinks that he is jealous of the new cat we adopted about 4 months ago, but we are going to take him to the vet soon anyways.
And that leads to my next concern. This dog was a gift from a friend so we don't know how old he was when he was taken away from his mom, but I think he was too young. As a result, I think that he has formed an unhealthy and too dependent relationship with my boyfriend. Does anyone have any ideas about how to lessen some of his dependent behaviors?
1. the vet is the right place. If this just started it is more than likely the sign of a medical problem.
2. My first instinct on your second question was - well that defines a dog. But I guess I am wondering what the too dependant behaviors might be. Our dog had separation anxiety and barked every time we left him home for example.
I think if you tell us what the problems you are experiencing we might be able to help you out.
Its very common in older dogs to start peeing places or times they neevr used to.They just dont have the bladder control anymore.Take him to the vet...it could be a UTI.Some older dogs also dont even notice that they wet on themselves.
We need mroe detail on the behaviours you dont like.We cant help with out knowing.
Welcome to TP we would love tos ee pics and good luck with the older guy.I have one and love him with all my heart.
It's almost like he is two different dogs. When my boyfriend is not here is much mellower. He is calm when I let him inside and he doesn't beg when I eat my dinner. He pouts around a little, but I don't think he is unhappy because he wags his tail and I sit on the floor with him and pet him.
But when my boyfriend is here he knocks everything over when he comes in the house and he's always begging for food. Also, he is always trying to get on the couch to snuggle and then begs when we won't let him on.
He also has a very nice yard, but he doesn't like to poop in it. We think that he holds it until you take him to the park. And when you put him outside to pee he just stands by the door even when nobody is in the room. Sometimes it seems like you have to leave him outside for an hour before he will leave the door. When he is inside, he is always following either me or boyfriend almost like he is expecting something. My boyfriend is VERY attached to him, but even he thinks the dog is neurotic :)
Most dogs follow their "people" thats a dog. he has learned that with you he needs to be calm and be on his best behavoiur.With your B/f he has learned that it is party time.He does not respect your b/f at all and I know that dog thinks hes the alpha when it come to your b/f.Although your b/f may beg to differ.
When your b/f comes home does he get all excited? if so he needs to stop.Your b/f needs to feed him and tell him to sit and make the dog wait for his food until you say Ok.Make him sit for ANY attention or food or anything he wants.He doesnt get it until he sits. Make sure the dogs goes out the doors or room or up the stairs AFTER you and your b/f.Let him eat after you eat.He does everything after you and your b/f does.
Take the dog out on a leash when he goes out to potty.Tell ihm to go potty and hurry up.If he doesnt go in 10 or 15 minutes put him in the crate or in a closed off area.take him bakc out half our later.When he goes potty tell him good boy and give a treat.
Yes. Dogs are a lot like children in that they often feel safer and calmer with a schedule, structure and limits. Without them dogs do not know what to expect. You guys are much bigger dogs and control the food and bathroom. I'd be anxious too!
You sound like you might be a limit setter and your boyfriend might love the dog by letting him do what he wants or might be inconsistent. It sounds like your dog feels safe with you and desperate for attention around your boy friend. Although he obviously loves you both.
Even though your dog is 6, your dog and boyfriend might have a lot of fun with an obediance or agility class. We took our dog to agility for the first time when he was 6 and it was winter and we were having a hard time getting out to exercise him and we had a blast. In addition to the exercise which will help your dog with anxiety, it will help your household be calmer and your dog will probably be a lot less neurotic.
Obedience class is good!! I was going to suggest it but was going to wait. I took my 9 year old Ccoker to advanced obedience and he didnt know anything when I got him.I trained him myself and we skipped 2 classes and went onto advanced.Old dogs do learn new tricks.