Hello everyone, I'm looking for some advice.
My boyfriend and I are going to school to be vet techs, and our school has animals on site that are up for adoption. We ended up adopting a dog that we had been assigned for a behavior project. We brought him home from the kennels about three weeks ago.
He's a 3 year old chihuahua mix, and he was neutered right before we brought him home. He's been in the kennels at the school since the beginning of September, and was at the pound since June prior to that. He was a stray intake so no history on him.
He's been really good since we've brought him home. We have an 11 year old large mix breed dog and two cats. He and Jersey (The other dog) mostly ignore each other, and he's fine with the cats. We live in a basement apartment currently, with awful soundproofing. This means that there are constantly loud noises coming from the unit beside and above us.
The first two weeks he didn't react to them, but this past week he's been going off a lot. He doesn't react at all to "quiet," "stop," "shush," "no." The only thing that he responds to is "bad." Obviously I don't want to be chasing after him hollering "bad" at him all the time. I'm really not sure how to go about working on this with him. Plus it's really intermittent. Sometimes there will be a really loud noise, And he'll completely ignore it. Other times there's a single footstep upstairs and he's charging around barking.
Something to note as well is that I'm fairly sure that wherever he came from before the school he was struck. He's very flinchy when you initially go to pet him, and sometimes if you stoop down and pet him when he's not feeling confident he'll pee himself a little.
We're moving in a month and a half to a house, so it won't be as much of an issue then, but it's something I'd like to work on with him, not just ignore.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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