Driven to work crying with frustration this morning, got to work and starting searching for help and found your forum.
We got a rescue dog 5 weeks ago - Fred is a 7 year old miniature poodle.
When he went to rescue he was unchipped and had not been neutered (both now done) he was found as a stray so we don't have his background.
He wears an Adaptil collar
We are first time dog owners - my husband is disabled and at home full time, I work in an office 3 days a week.
He has some basic training which we are working on and is improving all the time. The big problem seems to be a sort of separation anxiety.
Two main problems
1) In the morning, I take him for a walk, feed him and then go and have a shower and get ready. The second the shower is turned on , he starts barking and growling - and this continues until I am downstairs again. I can't work out how to train him to do this, as I am not downstairs with him!
He sleeps downstairs (on the sofa) on his own, he cries for up to a minute when we go up to bed, but then is quiet (95% of the time) until we get up in the morning.
At the moment we have a stair gate stopping him going upstairs - we are happy to have him upstairs in future, but thought we were best getting him happy to be left alone first. If the stair gate is removed, I guess the shower problem might go away, but it could make leaving house a bigger problem as he would be with us so much more.
2) If I go out the front door, just to take the rubbish out or put something in the car, he goes crazy and jumps from one sofa to another non stop, crying whilst he does it. He goes so fast he hurts himself. We have tried finding his trigger distance, and he seems ok with me going into the porch, and playing with the door handle - but the second I take the next step and go into the porch he goes crazy.
This mornings episode trying to get ready has resulted in me getting in a state from worrying about the neighbours being woken by his barking, I got dressed in a hurry and just noticed myself in a mirror which wasn't good ! and I got to work late - hence all the tears in the car.
Any suggestions to help me, and Fred solve these problems would be really gratefully received ?
Edited by lizalex, 19 April 2017 - 07:18 AM.