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Re homed dog

Discussion in 'Personal' started by mancminx, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    My son bought a dog over the weekend. It a lab/collie cross. He is just a year old and house trained. But, he does pull a bit on the lead-which we obviously want to nip in the bud. Also, he is barking and growling at ppl when they come to our house.
    Most of the time he is docile.
    We had problems with a previously rehomed dog a few years ago that sadly we had to return and we dont want to make amy mistakes this time.
    He came to be rehomed as his previous owner became ill..or so we were told.
    we have a Halti lead but he can pull it off with his paw!
  2. In my experience, all dogs pull on the lead and it doesn't indicate aggressive behaviour.
    The growling at visitors is perfectly natural. He is guarding his territory, and you as well.
  3. I'd suggest your family and the dog go to training classes together. You'll learn how to get him to walk to heel and other things, as well as make some new dog and human friends.
    The barking and growling is very much a dog thing- he's protecting his home and family. Again, training might help you with techniques to make him feel safe when you say a certain phrase- "it's okay", "he's a friend" are ones we've used with dogs in the past. That way they know the visitor is approved and will feel happy that the alpha (you) is letting someone else into his pack.
  4. Labs are usually the most placid of dogs.
    Obedience classes are a good idea. You can see if the dog is right for you, and if you are right for the dog.
  5. Then it is too big or not tightened enough. They should be pretty snug.
  6. My daughter took her 'adopted' dog to Kennel Club obedience classes for a while, and has also hired a 'dog whisperer' who is just brilliant with 'rehomed dogs with issues'. He is Midlands based but his tuition - for dog and owner - was absolutely amazing. He transformed their relationship and the dog knows who is boss and is so much easier to take out.
    I do hope it works out for you...
  7. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    One of our rescues barks & growls at first time visitors. We have taken to giving visitors dog biscuits to pass on to the dogs. That appears to be helping.
  8. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Thank you all for the replies, it's much appreciated.
  9. Mine would escort any burglars and show them where the telly's kept if they scratched his back in the right place... loyalty?! Nope!
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Mine would have their hands off right up to their elbows!
  11. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    We have one of each. It tends to confuse people when they look so similar!
  12. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    I bought a new Halti today, smaller sized and it works so much better. He is still 'pulling' but its so much easier to walk with him.
    Next problem, he doesnt like to be left. Even when we go to bed he starts barking for a min then he howels. Thing is, next door have now complained! He doesnt do it long but it must be annoying them. I know he doesnt do it long as i have listened from ouside the house, but, obviously I dont know if he starts again later.

  13. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I keep catching sight of this thread and thinking that it is in reference to a horned dog.
  14. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Haha. He is going for the 'snip' next week!
  15. Consider what he's recently been through. Lost his family. Been taken to a new place- probably bonded with other dogs who then were rehomed, as well as those still there (and thus not with him) and with staff. Been taken away AGAIN and into a new place. Poor thing is probably all muddled up and scared he's going to be taken away again.
    Our dog was like this when we got him. It just took time for him to accept that we WOULD come back and this WAS his home. Even then, his fear of cars came up again after we'd had him for a year- we figured out that the previous two years, he'd been put in a car at that time of year and taken into a whole new situation!
    That said, some toys might help distract him. A Kong is good (you hide treats in it and they have to get it out). You can also train him by going into a different room and when he starts to howl, ignore him. Once he's quiet, come out and make a big fuss of him. He'll learn that being quiet gets him the attention, not making the unholy racket! And if you can leave something that smells of you, he might be reassured.
  16. Lots of stuff online about separation anxiety... our first dog suffered from it fairly badly. We got through it by using lots of distraction toys like Kongs (highly recommend their Wobbler as well - put their food in it and it's like one of those massive Weeble toys from the 1980s that they can bash around to get a bit of breakfast out at a time), leaving the radio on when we went out, dog-proofing where he was left (the kitchen in our case) and then "alone training" him - basically trying to break his "oh she's got her coat on and her work bag and shoes, oh no she's going to leave me I'm all alonnnnnneeee" panic moment - so I spent the holidays doing things like putting my bag on my shoulder, and wandering back into the lounge, putting my shoes on - and going and watching TV - just varying the pattern so he didn't have that set checklist of things that happen before he gets left.... then leaving the house for 30 seconds and returning... 45 seconds... a couple of minutes - and just really building it up for a few moments each day so he got the idea that if we went out - we'd be coming back for him. He's an ex-stray - someone kicked him out in the middle of winter aged 3 years old and he thankfully got picked up by the dog wardens and put into rescue... so he's allowed to have a few issues poor chap!
  17. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    MisterFlibble's advice on separation anxiety and 'alone' training is spot on. We also added in - after we'd done all that over a prolonged period - giving ours a bowl smeared liberally with yoghourt, which he adores (as he does anything edible). This not only gave him a diversionary activity, it made him lick repeatedly (good for calming) and made him come to actually look forward to us going out.
    Now, when we put on outdoor clothes, he goes and sits by his bowl in the kitchen.
    Re the howling when you go up to bed at night. Victoria Stilwell would probably recommend putting the dog's bed on the landing, but putting up a safety gate to stop him coming in - he can therefore see you.
    Ours has a bed in the corner of our bedroom and he can access this during the day if he wants to. He loves it (he likes to be covered entirely with a blanket, like a budgie, when it's bedtime) and never, ever attempts to jump on our bed.

  18. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Aww Middlemarch, I want to give your dog a hug. That sounds very cute.
    Ours have always slept on their bed in our bedroom and have only once tried to get into the bed. I was away fror the night and my husband woke up to see a white furry face on my pillow! That is in 6 years so it hasn't been a significant issue.
    Our solution to the separation anxiety was to have another dog. The two keep each other company when we aren't there and two aren't much more bother than one.
  19. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    The night howling has stopped, but not during the day. Next door are now not speaking to us!

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