|Barked: Tue Apr 8, '14 10:10am PST |
|Yup. That's a Husky. I'm kinda surprised you did breed research with intent to get a Husky and are caught off-guard by all this.
He needs more exercise than he's getting. Being quiet in a shelter is usually indicative of stress and shut down. He's out now, he's feeling better, and he needs to run.
Once he's well exercised, the attention-seeking should subside. In the meantime, as you have discovered, "scolding" a dog for attention-seeking most often completely backfires. He's looking for attention, and you're giving it to him. Since it's negative attention, he's coming back with his own snark.
Instead, if he is being inappropriate, he looses you. Either you leave and ignore him for 3-5 min, or he goes in a dog-safe room or very sturdy crate for 3-5 min, until he's settled down. Then try again.
Having a safe place for him to stay when he's not supervised will also keep him from destroying your house. If he's obsessed with a certain piece of furniture, he should lose access to it for now. Get him on a solid exercise program, get some basic training in him, and slowly let him prove he can have his freedom in the house.
Make sure he has plenty of good things to chew on, too. Good by his standards, not yours. Antlers, bully sticks, raw meaty bones, or toys you've stuffed with food like West Paw's Tux, or Kong toys. Many dogs have a psychological need to chew to consume that can only be quelled by items like these. A stressed dog may feel this even stronger, since chewing relieves stress.
As to the yard, exercise will help here too. If he's tired and happy, he doesn't have as much reason to leave. Still, if you can improve your fencing, do. Otherwise use the line. There's nothing wrong with using lines, so long as you're supervising and the dog is getting adequate exercise.
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