|Barked: Mon Sep 19, '11 4:28pm PST |
|Glacier- This poor guy has been through so much in his three years, I wouldn't be surprised if it took him another 3 years just to trust us. He is warming up to us, luckily. He'll come and lie down by me when he's tired, and sometimes lean in to me to get pet, but other than that- typical aloof husky. He is very food motivated, as is my other dog. So, my typical offering in their crates are a kong stuffed with frozen peanut butter, a bully stick, a cow hoof, and a pig ear (all of those...seriously.) I give him one of the treats to lead him in to the crate, he'll start chewing on it, and lie down, I shut the door, and leave. He's fine until I actually leave the house. If I put him in there during the day to get work done (he's not fully housebroken yet, either) he's totally fine as long as he knows we're still in the house. But, when I get to the driveway outside, I can hear him howling and carrying on. And, when I get home, NONE of the chews are touched...when I let both of the dogs out, they'll grab the chews and come lie next to me and chew away for an hour. LOL. And he was an outside dog- chained up on a 6 foot lead on a concrete pad- for a year and a half, so when we're outside, he just sits on the back deck waiting to go back inside. He likes being outside for his walks and his bike rides, but just being outside is one of his pet peeves. I don't leave him in his crate very often. He loves the car, so he usually comes on rides with me to the store, and if I have to go in to the office for an hour or so. He's GREAT in the car. He'll chew on his bones in there, but just not his crate. My other baby had major issues with being left alone when we first got her, too, and it tempered after a few months. I'm hoping this guy will have the same breakthrough! But, for now, my hubby found a padlock we can try on the door of the crate!
Sanka- it's totally ok. I wrote my response very late at night, and I took it too much to heart. My whole family is not supportive at ALL. They all keep telling me to bring him back for VARIOUS issues, and I am just getting sad from hearing that constantly.
Abner- I totally agree!!! I've always seen many other signs with separation anxiety. But, what made me think it may be that is that NORMALLY during a normal day, Tundra doesn't destroy ANYTHING. He doesn't chew on anything he shouldn't, he doesn't dig, he's a pretty good boy in the house, minus the housebreaking...but when he's left alone, he goes on a total RAMPAGE. Although, when he's in the crate when we're in the room with him, he chews on his bones, or he goes to sleep. Weird, right!?
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