Rescue Dog Troubles

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  1. cofrider

    cofrider New Member

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    I'm not a very experienced dog owner.. I know my basics but that's it. I rescued a dog in August and have been dealing with some of his behaviour problems but now I"m stuck.

    Problem 1: When I'm not home he gets very anxious. He IS house trained but recently took to peeing on a specific couch as if he's upset with me. I blocked off his access to the room and the problem seemed solved. Now he's starting to pee else where in another room. I thought of crate training but he freaks out when blocked in an area such as a room and I can't image trying to get him used to a crate. I don't know how to solve this problem as I only discover it after hours of not being home.

    Problem 2: He's lately been taking to stealing food off tables. I feed him well each day, he gets lots of exercise, etc. It started where he would steal food off the coffee table if we left it unattended. We moved it out of his reach. Now he's some how getting onto counter tops (always when I'm not home) and destroying anything .. even tums. Today, he somehow got onto the kitchen table today while my mum was home and stole off her entire pizza. He slinked away when she told him off. Again, he doesn't do it when i'm home.. what do I do.

    Thank you so much.
     
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    First off, welcome to Chazhound! And kudos to you for rescuing a dog :)

    The two problems that you posted are actually pretty common with dogs. The problem with counter surfing, is its a very self rewarding behavior. The dog gets instant gratification -- the yummy food! :p
    A lot of the training that you will need to do is mostly prevention, to be honest. Keep the food put away, and keep the dog out of the kitchen.

    Smooth Ways to Stop Dog Counter Surfing

    Leave it is a very useful command to use for problems like this ;) But its going to take some training dog clicker training leave it cue


    I also wanted to encourage you to crate train your new baby. Crate training can be useful in many situations... preventative, in cases like yours... Because you don't want messes, or for him him to get into something while your not home (something that could be much worse than tums next time :( something to make him really sick), or if he has to stay at the vet ever or on crate rest (I've had recent experience with this with my roommates dog :eek: ), travel, etc etc

    Again -- Welcome to Chaz!!! Do you have any pics of your guy??? :D
     
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    Thanks :)

    I'll start working on the leave it command. We just mastered stay from a distance and are working on down (he acts as if I'm about to beat him when I ask him to do it.. eek).

    I know crate training has its benefits.. I just know how he is when I close a door in my room and keep him in there, I can only imagine how he will be in a crate.

    He freaks out when I pull out a camera.. so I only have limited photos that someone ELSE took.. boo.
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    ACK!!!! Sooooo cute!!!! :D

    it sounds like he *may* be developing a bit of seperation anxiety from you... I would post more, but I'm on my phone lol so I'll let others chime in.

    I just wanted to say how cute is he!?!?! :D
     

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