Join Date: Sep 2010
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Would love any words of wisdom...
Chewy has been staying in an expen with some toys and some treats (filled bones, kongs) and a crate inside the pen for snoozing while we are at work. Our dog walker comes every morning and afternoon to take him for a walk or a play date with a neighborhood puppy. So he isn't alone more than about 2 1/2 hours at a time and gets a lot of exercise and fun time.(I work freelance so I don't work long hours) For the last few weeks, after I leave and before she gets here Chewy throws a "poo party". We think he eats some of it, which I know is "normal" but more so he "paints" with it...hence we call him Poopcaso. We spoke with a behaviorist and he said that essentially Chewy thinks he is our equal and is angry when we leave and this is why he does this. Chewy has also become quite a rebellious "teen". His training was going very well and he would almost always listen when we said stay, sit, come etc. but we have also noticed that he hasn't been listening to us as much in the last 2-3 weeks. He just turned 6 mos last week. We were told by the behaviorist to start leaving him in his crate (not expen) and only leave him with a filled bone/kong but no toys. I would love to return him back to the expen at some point if this works. Does anyone have any advice on how long we will need to have success with the crate before we can return him back to the expen? Or any other advice? Will he grow out of this? You can be brutally honest...I know I probably have a bit of a spoiled one on my hands. I have also talked to the Vet but if anyone else thinks this behavior is something we should be more concerned about, I would love to know that too. We want Chewy to grow up to be a well adjusted and good canine citizen. He is my first dog so I am flying a little blind here.