I have 2 dogs that we adopted from the humane society. Vogie is a 2 1/2 yr old g. shepard mix and the other a 1yr old g.shepard/collie mix. They have been causing all sorts of problems. Voggie is constantly escaping through our now battered fence. (being replaced very soon) and wont usualy return when called. And the other has been bombarding our carpet with "accidents". I have tackled both of these issues with positive reinforcement and escorts out to the garden with rewards. I work 5 days a week 8-6 and my wife is out 5-2 and looking after our kid. So the dogs have free reign of the house 8-2. We used to let them stay in the garden but they would escape despite our best efforts to patch up the week spots. any advice? anyone?
Its great to hear when people save lives of unwanted animals at a shelter. My concern about your post is when do you spend time with the dogs? It sounds like you and your wife have very busy schedules. How long ago did you adopt the dogs or how long have you had them? To me, it sounds like they are alone too much and by the one escaping and the other messing in the house they are getting back at you for being left alone. Please don't take my post the wrong way.
i totaly understand where you are coming from. The dogs are alone between 8am and 2pm. BUt then they spend the rest of day with us and sleep in our room or our daughters bed.I walk them in the evening and they get time to play in the garden usualy when ever they want, we have a dog door, but lately only when we are home because of their tendency to escape. Some times its miraculous.... I am left wondering how on eart did they get out?
Have you considered obedience training for them? This would give you more control over them such as coming when called. You also said you have done positive reinforcement but it sounds like you have since stopped because of the fence. This also may be a cause of the problem. They were doing fine and now they are not. As far as destroying the carpeting by going to the bathroom, did this just all of a sudden start happening? Have you changed any routines with the dogs? Maybe your dog has some sort of medical problem that maybe the vet should look at?
their routine has changed in the respect that they used to have free access to outside 24/7 but now only when we are home. The younger dog needed training when we got her 5 months ago but was doing much better until now. We didn't use a crate just taking her out to the gaden and praising her when she got it right.
Hi, I have a couple possiblities that may play into the problem. First - and I know this from personal experience - a dog that has established itself as "THE" dog (usually arriving first) will intentionally lead off a newcomer. I have a 4 year old Australian Shephard mix that I too brought home from the local pound. She was 1 1/2 years old when she came, and has ALWAYS been an out-door dog (unless the weather doesn't permit). Yet when I brought home a new pup (house dog), she "acted" like she really liked him, playing etc. Yet - every time I turned my back, she was leading him off into the fields and woods. A couple times she actually returned home alone looking very smug. At first I thought the pup was following out of curiousity, for fun & adventure until I really started paying attention. That is when I realized she knows EXACTLY what she was doing! When I would call the pup back, she wouldn't continue on her "adventure", nor would she come running back WITH the pup, but instead would sit down and watch from half a field away. As soon as she was sure her plan had been "foiled", she'd get up and mosey on back to the house again. For the record, the "pup" is now a 2 year old prized stud dog, and she is STILL pulling her "follow-me" stunt. I have to watch them like a hawk. You'd think that by now, she'd be accustom to having him around and give it up! - Not a chance! I have to let him out on a chain OR put her IN when he goes out! As far as the soiling the carpet, I can only guess, as I don't know the age of the 2nd dog (when you got it or now) or for how much time it had to grow accustom to unlimited outdoors access. I do know with patience and lots of ROUTINE - you CAN "teach an old dog a new trick". Maybe if you just try to take it out on a strict schedule (every 2 hours?) faithfully, the pattern will begin to take hold. I know it's not easy when you have jobs & kids (I have 6 ranging from 18 to 18 months) but hopefully it will only be for a short while. I wish you the very best of luck and encourage you - DON'T GIVE UP! T-Bird
T-Bird, As i read on i recognized many traits of my own Older dog. This sounds as though it could be the behaviour that voggie is displaying... But then so does the grey hound description... "...bolts... is very focussed on its mision... always keep on a leash" so i don't know. I am trying not to give up... but i am tired of being upset with my dogs, its not much fun for any of us right now. Giving them up for adoption has been discussed but we want to exhaust all other possibilities first.
Do you keep them crated in your absence? If you crated them it would lower the chances of the one doing his duty on your floor. Some people do not like the idea of crating but it's like a 'den' to the dog. Dogs will not normally go to the bathroom in their own space. Fill the crates with toys and a padlock for your escape artist! Also basic training would help them ten fold. Although it's expensive you could also leave your dog with a traniner for the day. That way you free up time and your dog gets educated. My dog will wander away from us to, despite us calling her. I think she has hearing problems; selective hearing. Whatever you do with this dog make sure you don't reprimand it on its return, no matter how mad you are at it. You could also invest in a dog walker to let them out partway through your absence. Good luck and don't give up on your shelter dogs. It will take time for both of them to adjust to one another and realize their role in your family (pack).
Do you ever catch the dog in the act when he starts peeing? If so, once you see him do this give him a harsh "No" and march him right to the door and say outside. If he is peeing in the same spot buy a cleaner that has enzymes in it to take the odor away. Please don't give up on your two dogs. Sometimes things go astray and you have to start over again. Positive reinforcement is where you need to start again. As I stated in an earlier post, obedience training for the escape artist. If your time is limited, there are places that have classes once a week but you have to also continue with the training at home. Good luck.
do they escape over the fence or through? if over, extend the height by attaching some some chicken wire/rabbit fence stuff all around your yard (garden.) have had to do that with my border collie mix. if through, you will have to repair and reinforce it fence. expensive, i know. do you have a room you could confine them to when you are gone? a laundry room, kitchen, bathroom? they shouldn't have free run of the house when you are gone. mine never do. dog proof the room. leave lots of toys. or, as others have said, crate them when you are gone. crate are wonderful things and save a lot of dogs going back to the shelters. obedience train, as others have said. your time is better spent doing that than getting angry and frustrated at your dogs. do you live in england? they probably don't have petsmart over there, but go to a pet supply store and get some enzymatic cleaner for pet accidents to clean up where they have pooped before. dogs will go back to where they have gone before. i love your name, 2poopindogs!!!
They go right through it Pearl. The fence was in bad shape when we bought the house last december. It wasn't falling down or had any holes in it, but it was old and weak. Our neighbours bought a dog and that is when the fence started to "grow" holes. Those neighbours have since moved but our dogs still want to get next door. Unfortunatel there is no where to confine them that would be acceptable. inside my house there are only 3 doors leading to the bedrooms and a tiny bathroom, the rest of the house is kinda open plan. I don't want to lock them in mine or my daughters bedroom as that those rooms have the only carpets in the house that aren't scarred with doggy "accidents".
If your fence is in bad shape, basically you'll have to get a new fence to keep them from escaping. Regarding them pooping and stuff in the house when you are gone, you need to invest in 2 crates, one for each dog, to keep them safe and secure in, and to ease your mind as far as worrying bout what they are doing while you are gone.
I agree, if you put them in crates while you are gone, they will learn to hold their movements because they won't want to have that in their bed. The crate will become theirs. That will help with the training of the floor! As for them not answering when you call, try using treats and call them and have them sit. Then give a treat. Have them run away and in a while try calling them back again and having them sit. This worked for my boxer.