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Greetings! [Oct. 2nd, 2006|06:26 pm]
it's me or the dog

dog_behaviour

[zanbob]
They call me Zan and my dog is Rufus. He's still young. He's a Besengi/Sharpea mix (Sorry, spelling failing me today). He doesn't seem to mind the tux for my upcoming wedding, just hates first getting into it. He is well fed and loved with a good deal of attention, but with both of us having day jobs, I think he gets lonely. We take him out twice a day, but he still whines and trots around the house a lot. Is he just restelss? Thank you!

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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-03 06:53 am (UTC)
how long are you out of the house for during the day? where does he stay while you are at work? Does he have anything to keep his mind occupied while you are away? Does he chew anything?
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-03 10:31 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm out of the house maybe 5-6 hours a day. My fiance (his daddy, so to speak) is gone 12 or more hours at work. During this time he and my cat have the run of the house (yes, they get along well.). They play together and he has arguments with the mailman through the door each day, I hear. No, he doesn't chew anything. I think he wants more time outside before bad weather and a chance to chase any cats that might be near the house. It might also be due to the last of the fleas this season. I just don't know. Good questions, though.
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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-04 08:49 pm (UTC)
By trots, I take it you mean going to the toilet?

With the whining it could be mild separation anxiety perhaps...http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/anxiety.html I just found an article on google about it, you may find it useful.

Have you ever tried giving him a kong? Its just a rubber thing that holds any time of treat inside imaginable that you can squeeze into the hole and when frozen, can take them a good while to devour. http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.absolutelygolden.com/images/Kong%2520with%2520Treat2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.absolutelygolden.com/Products/Toys/kong_dog_toys.htm&h=270&w=252&sz=13&hl=en&start=25&tbnid=Xk6XOYNwM7d6sM:&tbnh=113&tbnw=105&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkongs%2Bdogs%26start%3D20%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN

Again, another googles image that you may find usefeu. It does depend on how well your dog is around food with the cat in close proximity though, dont really want him to get over protective of anything while you are away...hope this helps. Keep us posted.
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-05 01:29 am (UTC)
He runs or trots around the house until we take him out. Seperation might be it, but he continues until the man of the house returns... so it might be for him. The Kong sounds like a good suggestion, fun for him and a little too challanging for my cat. Thanks! I'll look up that stuff later this week when there's more time.
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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-05 06:51 am (UTC)
What are his feeding patterns? Does he get fed before you go to work?
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-05 01:31 pm (UTC)

Yes

We keep food in his bowl, so he can eat any time, in case we're not home. He tends to nibble until it's around time for him to go out, which is when he "loads up" in preparation. He's average weight.
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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-05 04:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes

I would say that's where one of your problems is. He needs to know that his food is coming from you, this helps to make them understand that you are alpha. He doesn't need set times as such to have meals but feeding once or twice a day is far better than leaving food down for him all the time. I would say that you need to put the food down for him as he doesn't see you as his leader, if he doesn't eat it after 15 minutes then take it uo until his next feeding time. He will soon learn that if he doesnt eat it straight away then he goes without. Trust me, he wont starve in a day and he will soon be eating it as soon as you put it down. Just something you may wish to consider...
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From: keddybear
2006-10-03 03:17 pm (UTC)
Take him out to go to the bathroom, or take him out for actual walks?

Oh he's so cute...I LOVE the tux!
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-03 10:33 pm (UTC)
We spend about 10 minutes outsie each morning and the same each night to go to the bathroom. He runs, sniffs, and chases things, but is not satisfied.
Thanks! The tux was on clearance or I wouldn't have tormented him with it. Maybe he can wear it for the wedding, but that would be it. You should see my cat in the little leather jacket I ONCE got her into!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-04 08:54 pm (UTC)
How often do you feed him and if you feed him before you go to work in the morning, does he go to toilet outside before you leave?

When you say he goes out for 10 minutes, morning and evening, do you mean outside on lead walks or just in the garden?
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-05 01:31 am (UTC)
We keep his food bowl full to eat whenever and he stays fit. We take him out to pee before and after work, before bed. We have no garden, we just go out back and wander around a few blocks of the neighborhood.
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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-05 04:19 pm (UTC)
sorry that was me. didnt mean for it to be anonymous...
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[User Picture]From: nytewulf
2006-10-03 08:43 pm (UTC)
Basenji and sharpei... Interesting mix. Must have been a small sharpei or a large basenji. :)

Basenjis are high maintenance dogs: they need overwhelming amounts of love and attention and are somewhat highstrung. They can be problem dogs if they are not treated to their often unknown specifics, especially if purebred. You got lucky have the half breed. He looks marvelous.

Any dog will require knowing who is in charge of the situation to allieviate worry and tension. If they don't know exactly who runs the show, they are worried about doing it themselves all the time. The more highstrung (higher energy) the dog, the more they need to know what their job is in the pack.

When you got out for walks, don't let the dog have his way sometimes,; keep control for a while. When he realizes that you are taking on the pack leader position, he may calm down. When you tell him to stay home, if he believes you are the pack leader (instead of just friend and meal ticket), he will accept your will without comment. This doesn't mean correct the dog when he does something natural, like sniffing the nearest tree twice. Just keep him close, don't let him stray and be very forceful when you need to be the leader in any situation.

I hope this helps.
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-03 10:39 pm (UTC)

Clever, though disturbing icon!

Very informed! He's a manipulative little devil, smart and loyal and protective. I think the Sharpei in him allows his bark, but I've heard him do the yodle a time or 2. He's generally healthy. Maybe I need to wash the last of the fleas for him?
Are besenji that rare? It's hard to find them in Indiana.
My fiance is his boss, I know. I think he considers me the "bitch" so to speak. He doesn't get to stay out long, so I let him do as he chooses until he gets out of line or takes way too long. That's fair, right? Maybe misleading? I figure, if he drags or jerks on me, I do the same to him. Maybe we're equals. *Shrug*
Thank you. You've given me much to consider.
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[User Picture]From: nytewulf
2006-10-04 05:49 am (UTC)

Re: Clever, though disturbing icon!

i wish i could claim credit for the icon, but i thought it was appropriate for the society.

i think that uncommon would be more an appropriate term. they are a companion breed here in the states, but i assume they might be a rat catcher in other places. dragging and jerking is a sign of lack of respect. it won't help to do the same; it will only encourage him. if he jerks or drags on purpose, correct him with a sharp tug sideways if you are using a choke chain. remember that choke chains are meant to be worn just behind the ears so that it will not hurt the animal and will get his attention. it's a lot like where he'd be bitten (without injury) by his alpha (were it a dog). chokes are good, if used properly. today, there are so many different "inventions" out there for dogs and their training that it is ridiculous. a simple choke chain and early, consistent training are all you will need. any time he jerks, pulls, drags, or generally is not by your side doing as you are, he is "putting you in your place." there is no good in being a dog's equal in such a small pack. it's actually dangerous for both you and the dog. you can get bitten and the dog won't listen when it's important. if you are not currently using a chain, please consider one. if you are, make sure to be using it properly.

i'm glad to be of any help and hope this is all useful.
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-05 01:36 am (UTC)

Re: Clever, though disturbing icon!

I suspected as much. *Grr* We have been considering a choke chain. Just this morning he slipped out of the leash and chased stray dogs. I thought I'd lost him until I found him... catchin up socially? I carried him home and bathed him with no gentleness. We need something. He'd never do this to the man of the house. It's his dog. I've been a cat person and I think Rufus can tell.
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[User Picture]From: nytewulf
2006-10-04 05:51 am (UTC)

Re: Clever, though disturbing icon!

as a side note, though important: i would HIGHLY recommend that you take him out every last chance you have. even if you only have five minutes, it's still five minutes. five or ten minute walks several times a day are good for both human and dog. i think that the problem you described above is likely to be a combination of what we've "discussed" already and too much excess energy. more exercise for the dog is probably very needed.
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[User Picture]From: zanbob
2006-10-05 01:33 am (UTC)

Re: Clever, though disturbing icon!

Good point, I need the exercise, too. He is high strung, restless and lonely. He was bad today, so maybe tomorrow?
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[User Picture]From: hike_on
2006-10-05 04:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Clever, though disturbing icon!

Its not fair to punish your dog for being bad. Not that long after he's done it anyway. He doesnt understand he's not going out because of something he did this morning. Do you have any obedience classes in the area you could take him to. He sounds a lovely chap that just needs a bit of guidance.
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