Hi everyone! I am new to the forum, and I am desperately seeking some advice, as my dogs trainer is on vacation for the new two weeks.
About Howie: he is a 5-6 year old Boxer/Pitbull mix. He has had a very troubled past— was bred for dog fighting, been to a few new homes/owners. Was in a serious car accident and has been attacked by other dogs several times. When I got howie, I was in a very abusive relationship and sometimes my partner would hit him as well. I’ve since left the relationship and took howie with me. I’ve had him eCollar trained and that has been a life changer!! During his initial board and train, I realized that I had helped howie develop a problem with separation anxiety. I was giving him WAAAY too much attention and affection. Howie is at his most happiest when he is snuggled up with me and during hard times, being snuggled up with him was my most happiest place as well. But seeing the distress it caused him to be apart from me, I nixed the bad habits. No more sleeping together, no more cuddling on the couch etc. He still gets lovings and attention but nowhere close to what it was before. The issue pops up once in awhile but otherwise he seems to be doing consistently well in that area.
Fast forward to earlier yesterday (it is now 3am) around 430pm, he started whining while laying on his place cot out in the living room. My partner and I were in the bedroom. We have been experiencing a heatwave so his exercise has been reduced. He had eaten his breakfast, been out for 2 bathroom breaks and had peed and pooped. I decided it has cooled off a bit, enough so that I could take him to the park. He ran for approximately 15/20 mins. We came home, and he had some water. He was laying in his kennel, and started to whine again. I freed him, and it was like he decided he NEEDED to lay in this certain area on the floor, up against the wall. I allowed him to lay here, thinking the floor/wall was a bit cooler and he needed to cool down from his run. Things seemed fine after that. He eventually put himself back on his cot, and the evening went on without issue. He had supper and a drink and went to the park again before bed. Suddenly after we had all gone to bed, at around 2am, his whining and crying woke me up. It was a very dramatic cry/whimper. I ignored it, then I went out and firmly told him NO. It continued to the point that I had to put his eCollar on him and correct the whining. He is still crying, but longer periods in between corrections. I am very concerned for the sudden change in behaviour.
The only physical issue that I can think of, is a possible UTI. His pees haven’t been more frequent but longer in duration, but they are clear and they come out fine (no crying and it comes out in a steady stream). Planning on taking him to the vet (I’m between jobs right now, starting a new one in two weeks so I am not able to take him ASAP).
I am open to any and all thoughts and suggestions! Thanks in advance!