09-08-2016, 10:56 PM
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Dog only messes in house when I leave
I recently adopted a dog from the Humane Society. He's generally a very nice dog, but there are a few behavioral issues that are really testing my dog knowledge.
Issue #1: The dog is "house trained" such that he will not go to bathroom in the house when I'm home or when he is in a crate, but if he is left loose in the house by himself it's a sure bet I'll come home to a mess. He sleeps on the floor by my bed at night and has yet to have a night where he messes in the house (Cuz I'm home), which indicates to me he is capable of controlling his urges for 8+ hours. I leave him in the crate while I'm at work and he won't mess in it. But leave him loose in house... He'll go to bathroom. I work 8-5 and have been coming home at lunch everyday, so he's in crate about 4 hours at a time. I'd prefer to leave him in the yard, but he has proved that he is a fence climber which is problem #2. Until I have a solution for problem #2, he must stay in house when we're not home. And best of all, he's now busted out of the crate twice. I'm getting very frustrated...
Also, he does not appear to get anxious when I leave. I can look in a side window to check on him and he's calmly laying in the crate, no whining/barking, etc. In addition, I have numerous toys to entertain him but he rarely plays with them. And when loose in the house, he does not destroy or chew on anything. I run him in the evenings and we do lots of hikes on weekends, so he gets plenty of exercise even though he is generally a pretty lazy dog in the house.
Any thoughts/suggestions?? I have a call in to a trainer recommended by the Humane Society but he hasn't called back yet.