Originally Posted by Baron'sMom
I posted about 2 months ago about what a Holy Terror my pup was..WAS!!! YAY!! Two great suggestions came from that post.
1. Behavior Therapy..we are 3 weeks into one on one sessions
2. NILIF training which has changed our life!
My pup is 2 days shy of 11 months and is outside while i'm at work and outside at night for sleep. If I'm home, he's in with me or we're out walking/playing or practicing obedience games. We walk two miles every night and play for about 30 minutes or so outside before coming in. Sometimes will play with a toy but not for long, then he goes and sits at the back door. He will start whining to go out.My question is...he's still pretty restless in the house. Am I doing something wrong? Is this normal? I feel guilty because I can't stay outside with him all evening when I get home, that's one reason i bring him in so i can still spend some time with him, petting him while i cook, or fold clothes, etc. I was told to not play games with him in the house because he will start depending on me for entertainment. Any suggestions or experiences anyone wants to share will be greatly appreciated.
I would start playing games with him in the house! Do obedience, play tug and have some fun! I don't think it is a bad thing to have a dog dependent on their person, as long as they are balanced and not so over the top that separation anxiety sets in.
Who told you not to play games inside, your behavior therapist? I really don't get that philosophy...
The only time he's having any 'fun' (interaction?) is when he's outside, so inside is boring.