Hi everyone, long time lurker here, about 5 years I guess. I'll try to keep this as short as possible, I just don't want to leave anything out! I have 2 intact males, one 3 and the other just coming on 18 months. They are fine with each other, no problems between them at all. The problem is with me and my 18 month old.
I had some serious health problems at the end of the summer, a couple of surgeries, some complications, and a very long recovery. I'm still far from 100% but I'm better. I was in the hospital for almost a month and was bedridden for another couple of months when I came home. My younger dog was 10 months old at the beginning of all this.
During my downtime, family and friends took care of my dogs, here in my home, my daughter moved back in to help me for a while. There was no training, very little structure, and now he is a mess.
My older dog is fine, my younger, not so much. He became an anxious mess. Prior to all this, I saw no problems really other than the regular I want to kill my adolescent dog, lol. He lost his off switch, will not relax in the house unless crated. Very fearful in the car, never had a problem with him before, he has never had a bad experience in a vehicle. He is confident in the back yard (fenced, it is where we all play) but go out the front door and he becomes fearful.
Don't get me wrong, he listens and responds well when we are in the house or in the back yard, but anywhere else he is hyper vigilant, vocal and skittish.
For the last month or so I have really upped his structure, we train around 15 minutes twice a day, what I can stand. LOL. I enforce his house manners, waiting to eat, waiting to leave crate, go outside etc, no roughhousing in the house, no hogging the whole couch, lol. I know that my confidence isn't where it should be, my back is still fragile and I know that they can hurt me without meaning too, so I am careful around them. Is this coloring the way he sees me is what I'm wondering.
Does anyone have any suggestions of anything I might be missing to rebuild the relationship with my dog?
Sorry such a long read, thanks all!