|Barked: Tue Mar 10, '09 3:42pm PST |
I'm new here- to the forum. I've always had dogs. I recently got an AKK He arrived at the end of January, at approximately 10weeks old. He LOVES people- regulars and strangers alike, often going straight to the ears to lick them out of new people!
When I'm at home, he's a perfect angel. He lets me know when he needs out, has already learned sit, down, leave it, take it, come, drop it, although it did take almost 3 weeks to get through the stubborness and achieve a solid 'sit' at first. Currently he prefers playing with toys over treats.
The problems arise when I have to leave, as mentioned on this forum in an earlier post.
He SCREAMS for nearly 1/2 hour when I leave. When I return, the screaming continues. He also chooses to poop inside his crate when put in.... even if I'm gone for just 10 minutes, he'll make himself go! Upon returning home, I wait for silence then let him out of the crate, and he screams again! I'll also mention that he HATES car rides, and again makes himself poop in the car regardless of need! I have an AKK with attitude!... but he is really my little buddy.
The noise does not bother me except that I don't want it to affect HIM permanently.
As above, I'm asking for any suggestions for separation mild anxiety.
Also, he has started to show some dominant behaviours- mounting human legs, bark/growl to protect his food from other similar-sized neighbour dogs.
My additional question is this- for anyone else that has a male AKK and has had him neutered, did neutering change his disposition or behaviour at all?
Thanks for everything!