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We have an English springer spaniel who was a great dog for years. Allowed him free run of the house while we were at work and never had a problem. Since our son was born he continues to act out, always trying to get food off the counter, eating paper towel/dryer sheets/diapers/baby toys, whatever he can get his mouth on. Even when we’ve cleaned up everything he’ll find something to shred up to remind you he’s there. We do a morning and evening walk and he’s included in everything we do while home.
I’m not sure how to get rid of this neurotic attention seeking behavior on a dog that was so great for years. With a second baby on the way my concern is it’s only going to get worse.
Desperate for ideas, he’s crated during the day because he can’t be trusted and that probably compounds the problem. Thought about cbd treats? Any ideas are welcome and appreciated. Thank you!!
 

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Someone on this forum has had good results with CBD oil for their dog so it could be worth a try. Before that, though, I'd be trying to deal with the fact that he's not quite adjusted to your first child... which must be for quite a while if your second is on the way (congratulations, BTW!).

Is he getting as much attention as before? As impossible as it may seem try to make sure he gets enough physical exercise and mental activity (interactive games, treat balls, teaching him to do something like bringing you objects (even if it's baby toys, as long as he's bringing them this might not be too much of a problem). And affection - cuddles on the sofa, whatever works for him (some dogs like a lot of physical contact, others less so).

I'd try to create a safe zone for when you can't watch him, but one that offers more freedom than a crate. Become VERY tidy - no food out that he can reach, shoes, toys, etc. put away in the area he's in, but lots of things he can chew. Something that works well for a lot of dogs is a large cardboard box that he can shred, filled with smaller boxes, and twists of paper with little treats inside. I can only imagine just how hard this might be when you have a baby and one on the way - it was hard enough for us with adult children - but the effort could be worth it.

Also, how long is he left for? Could you get a dog walker/sitter to come in part way through the day to entertain him and give him more attention?
 

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Thanks Judy! Some great ideas! What’s strange is the days we do the most with him (dog park, beach, etc) he seems to act his worst those nights. I work from home so he’s out with just me all day, able to lounge or do whatever he wants with free run of the house, even then he’s constantly nose to the ground trying to find something he can get into. We have an entire basket of his toys and bones that he can take whenever he wants. If we’re out or away from the house it might be 4 hours at most. I’d like to try cbd oil or something similar but don’t totally understand any potential long term health affects as most of those products aren’t regulated. He’s GREAT with our 2.5 year old I just want to help him feel less stressed/edgy/anxious or whatever it is that has him acting the way he has been.
 

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Maybe the days when you do most with him he finds it harder to switch from lots of fun and attention in the day to being peaceful in the evening, like a hyped-up child after a day out at Disneyland!

There's a great video by Kikopup on encouraging your dog to be calm - I wonder if this could help?

I understand your concern about CBD and similar. You could look at Adaptil, which is a pheromone diffuser/spray - it's a natural pheromone, I believe, so can't do any harm (as far as I know - I like to cover myself;)) and helps a lot of dogs.
 

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I have had very good results with CBD oil for my dog but not before trying other more conventional training methods and we only tried it because Murphy has generalised anxiety .

I dont think simply dosing a dog up to mask or suppress a problem is the way to go. We have used CBD in combination with social training getting him used to all those things that used to freak him out. Its not a quick fix and its not a fix all cure its a tool that can help while you are training or working through a particular problem.

It sounds as if your dog is feeling pushed aside, youve said it yourself to remind you he’s there . Try to step back and see this from his point of view , what was his life before your baby and what is his life now? He is now locked away which must surely be adding to his frustration..
What preperation did you do with him before the baby came along and what are you doing in preperation for this one? I think the idea of a dog walker or doggy daycare to give him that extra attention he so obviously craves is is a good one.
 

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Hi, yes CBD is still unregulated and with the "boom" in available products, one must be careful. I am attempting to sell pet food online and recently wrote an article on the side affects of CBD on pets you might helpful. In my experiance it has had a calminmg affect on our Great Dane/Lab mix. Perhaps it will help your dog sleep after a day at the park! Good luck! The website is named jupes-treats should you want to check it out. There is a companion article on suggested CBD dosage for dogs.
Thanks Judy! Some great ideas! What’s strange is the days we do the most with him (dog park, beach, etc) he seems to act his worst those nights. I work from home so he’s out with just me all day, able to lounge or do whatever he wants with free run of the house, even then he’s constantly nose to the ground trying to find something he can get into. We have an entire basket of his toys and bones that he can take whenever he wants. If we’re out or away from the house it might be 4 hours at most. I’d like to try cbd oil or something similar but don’t totally understand any potential long term health affects as most of those products aren’t regulated. He’s GREAT with our 2.5 year old I just want to help him feel less stressed/edgy/anxious or whatever it is that has him acting the way he has been.
 

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How long ago was your son born? I think it might be that your dog needs time to adjust, I'd maybe speak to a trainer or a vet about this before giving him anything like that. He's probably been so used to getting all the attention that it might be a while before he can adjust to a new lifestyle. It's actually totally normal for the type of dog he is for him to react like that. I'd say certainly see a dog specialist if it gets any, it ultimately should just take time. He's totally unused to not being in the spotlight his entire life and it's 100% normal.
 
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