hello every one! this is the first time to use this site and i thought may be i could get some things figured out
my bestfriend asked me to watch over her dog while she went on an important bussines trip and couldnt take him with her many times i have gone over to her house he is mostly very shy and shaky and would only get close enough to sniff and when i tried to touch him he would imediatly run away
now that he is at my house he has gotten very much attached to me to the point where he follows me around all the time every where i go.
at bed time i have been following direcctions to put him away in his crate where normaly he sleeps in when hes at home, but here he constantly cries,whines,howels,screams and scratches the crate. when i go to check on him and get him out he jumps on my bed and hide under the covers something that not even my dog whos very much attached to me too has never done
so im wondering if its possible to do something to get him to do something else besides follow me arround all day, it has gotten a bit overhand, its now the third day here and its gotten to the point where he will growl at my dog if she gets close to me
what do u guys think about that
sorry its so long!!
***Edited By: lizzygc88 on 11/5/2008 4:48:04 PM*** Reason: changes
Since he has no way to understand that this is only a visit and that she's coming back, all he knows is that he got left in a strange place. It sounds like separation anxiety. He has attached himself to you because his Mommy is gone and thinks he had better keep an eye on you before you leave him too. How long has he been with you and how much longer will you have him? Clearly you need to correct the behavior of being aggressive to your own dog because it's not fair to her. But as far as the other things, if this is only a short stay, I don't see the harm in letting him follow you around if it makes him feel more secure. Could you maybe put the crate in the room where you sleep so that he can at least see you but is still following his routine of sleeping in the crate? Or maybe put on the radio or the TV in the room he has to stay in. I have never used a crate for my dog so I don't know if that's against the rules of crate training. But since he's not your dog and it's not his house, this isn't a permanent situation anyway. When my dog stays with my Mom when I go away, he gets spoiled like crazy but once he gets home, he remembers his training.
"A kitten is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world"- Lady Morgan
I fully agree. You are the doggie's security blanket! The doggie is afraid of loosing you and does not want to share you. Hopefully this is a short stay. Maybe if you plan on doing this more often the doggie will understand this is temperary and it'll be eaiser next time. I believe the doggie does not mean to be aggressive... just lonely and confused. Unfortunatley, if this situation was different and you were allowed to bring the doggie over to visit you and your doggie... it might have made this allot easier...so the doggie knew his position... a guest. But just put the crate in your room facing you.... when you go to bed. If you ignore his crying.. he will stop.. he just knows you'll let him out if he keeps it up... GOOD luck!!!!
i would try giving a kong full of peanutbutter or treats when you put him in his crate. does he have a blanket to burrow under in his crate? my dog loves covering himself and dislikes sleping without covers. i cant think of anything to say about the other stuff at the moment, too tired to go thru my training techniques.
I as of today have him for 4 days and my fried will be back by Sunday or Monday. I talked to herabout what was going on with her dog and she told me that it had happened before when she left him in care of her sister and adviced me to not pay much attention to him and that it was going to help him to interact with my dog and not follow me as much
so tryed it and it some what worked he scratched my hand every now and then to get my attention so i would just pet him and went back to what i was doing but he was getting alot closer to my dog and also scrached her back to get her attention and as for the crying at night yeah that was still an issue
and yes he does have his blanket in his crate and toys he plays with at home