Ruh Roh! Looking for tips or suggestions, or even relatable experience with the random start of this behavior!
Short Story: Jax has been exhibiting anxiety if I leave him momentarily while in public, was never an issue before and just suddenly began this behavior within the last 2 weeks or so. He just turned 6 months old on April 1. Looking for tips to help.
Long Story - We have been socializing and training 6 month old Jax consistently since we got him in December. One thing we would like to do, is complete the CGC test in the future, so we’ve been working on practicing their requirements.
One of the tests, is to leave him with someone for a few minutes while you walk away and he remain well behaved, in place, and calm. So we were at the brewery yesterday (he’s been here a million times) and I leave him with my husband, give him the “WAIT” (stay) command and turn around to use restroom. Upon returning I discover that Jax not only didn’t handle this well at all for the first time, crying and whining, but he backed out of his harness, slipped through and ran to the bathroom door to find me. *** Extra note: 75% of the time I had taken him with me to the restroom, so I could directly expose him to the sound of the hand dryer but he’s been left with my husband or a friend before and did just fine...
He doesn’t act like this when we leave him at home, it’s only in public. He also displays a mild form of this behavior when my husband leaves his sight in public. I also might add if this helps any, I am fortunate to work from home, so he’s literally been by my side all day everyday, too, so I’m not sure if that definitely hasn’t helped his case and now that he’s getting out of his puppy stage and into his teenager phase, that might have something to do with it?
Wondering if anyone has any tips / experience with this and what you found helpful? We will definitely be practicing “WAIT” in public more often and likely with his prong collar instead for correction, but also should I possibly consider doggy-day care a couple times a week to practice being without me all day everyday? I want to kick this in the butt ASAP!
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Last edited by Tsheaby1; 04-11-2019 at 10:04 AM.