09-20-2018, 07:24 PM
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Hmmm. When I hear things like this with sudden behavior changes it always makes me want to ask a zillion questions in order to help the anxious dog.
So here are some:
1) Did you change your schedule?
2)Bad weather? Storms, thunder, rain?
3)New visitors coming to your home?
4)Are you guys getting enough exercise?
5)Are you doing mental exercise with your dog to relieve boredom and anxiety? tricks, games, puzzles,etc
6)Does your dog have ample dog safe items to chew when you are gone and when you are home? Chewing relieves stress for dogs!!
7) Did you change your dog's food recently?
8) Look at this poop...any issues there? Anxious/stressed dogs can have poop issues...
You may want to look at my other two posts that I wrote recently about Stress Stacking and see how many apply to your new dog.
Also, please make sure you may his crate a very happy, safe place otherwise the crate may backfire and make him more anxious! No sending him there for punishment or corrective time outs. Give him yummy treats and safe chewy stuff in there with a nice blanket and safe dog toys. Lure him in there with treats if needed, but no forcing him in.
We use baby gates sometimes instead of crates to keep our new pup in a smaller area as we teach her to not get into anything dangerous or chew up anything. I like to NOT give her the opportunity to mess up, but rather allow her to succeed each time as she learns and earns her freedom in the house. Sets her up for life success!
Also, sometimes it simply takes a bit of time for your dog to truly adjust to a brand new home. Two months isn't very long for a dog to make a huge life change.
Finding some creative ways to relieve his anxiety may help you both.