|Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 10:50am PST |
|Your dog doesn't need drugs. You say your dog is acting out on purpose. I hate to break it to you, but that's not the case and your dog isn't out to get you. He's BORED. And he's got a lot of energy and the added excitement of a guest is likely what's setting him off into the 'annoying' behavior.
Your dog needs more exercise and to be less bored. He sounds like he has pent up energy, a lot of boredom, and wants to play with the two of you. Perhaps the guest(boyfriend) is what is setting it off, because dogs get more excitable when there's someone else around. Particularly when they get used to them.
How much do you exercise him and how much mental stimulation does he get? Tiring him out before bed will probably help, but he likely won't settle much until he's getting tired out more, and is more used to the new boyfriend being around.
Again, it just sounds like a bored, playful pooch with some pent up energy that needs to be released. And it's likely showing up more when your new boyfriend is over because that revs up a dogs excitement.
Did you assume separation anxiety simply from him scratching at your door before? My dogs both do this and Charlie no longer has separation anxiety, and Ria never did. They just like to have the door open if I'm in the house with them, rather than being locked away from me.
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