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Seperation anxiety from previous owner?
  • Hello everyone!

    I recently had a 16 mo Shiba Inu fall into our hands, and he's a handful and confusing, while also being adorable. Being a first time dog owner, i'm not sure if some of his behavioral issues are because of separation anxiety from his old owner, or if I may be making a mistake in trying to train him.

    He is not fixed, but will have the procedure done in the next few days (not sure if that attributes to anything.)
    Anyways, the issues I am having with him are that he is consistently scratching at doors, walls, and even the floor next to my computer desk, as if he is trying to indicate he wants something. This is confusing for me because we he will already have been fed and taken outside in order to do his business. These behaviors are accompanied by whining, barking, howling, etc.

    We have only had him for ~3 weeks, and we allowed him time to adjust for the first week, and have only began attempting to train here in the last 1.5 weeks or so. I understand that there are no "overnight changes" when it comes to training but am curious as to what others think, and what others recommend for demonstrating to him that crying/howling are not the correct ways to indicate he needs something, and that he needs to be patient, and most of all quiet.

    Without turning this into a wall of text I can answer any questions pertaining to details I have left out in the comments!

    Thank you all so much!
  • JuniJuni
    Posts: 1139
    What else do you do to 'entertain' or challenge him? At 16 months they have a lot of energy and need a lot of physical and mental stimulation.
    He is probably still adjusting to his new home too but if you up the exercise and challenge his brain with some training, games, nose work I think you will start to see some difference.
  • spacedogsspacedogs
    Posts: 129
    Yeah, I agree with @Juni here. It sounds like he's bored. Maybe look in to some puzzle type toys for the times you can't interact with him, and teach him fetch for when you can spare some minutes at your desk. We use a handful of small stuffies for playing fetch with Rhyz and hide and seek in the house with Laika (she's really good with names so we've named most of the toys and ask her to go find them, this is a fun game for her).

    Sneak in some training sessions to break up the monotony for your dog, too. A couple of short 5 minute sessions throughout the day will help keep them satisfied.

    Doesn't really sound like an anxiety thing at all, to be honest. When Rhyz gets bored he'll close the office door and scratch at the floor in front of it.

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