Adopted a 6 year old husky need help!

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  1. colinskies

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    Hey All!

    I adopted my friends husky, due to change of circumstances for them. I have been in contact with the husky since it was young and watched it grow up.

    Some problems i'm having.

    - He will whine and howl if we are home and not in his line of sight. eg - he will not sleep unless i sleep next to him inside - ie just a piece of glass between us.

    - If i am in any other room other than the kitchen with the glass door, he will whine and howl.

    Other behaviors seem OK, but i do understand that its a new home for him, and also new owner and he is still adjusting. I have a camera in the backyard, that shows he just sleeps and chills when we actually leave to go shops etc. So the issue looks like only when we are at home.

    What tips can you all provide to make this a bit easier.

    Thanks!
     
  2. clonex

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    Was the dog previously a inside dog, it it was trying to train it to stay outside might be a issue if you are home.
    Dog has severe case of FOMO...

    Obviously new owners is going to be a massive change for the dog
     
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    Hey mate,

    Was an outside dog with the previous owner as well.

    FOMO came up in my mind too, but how do we get him to settle down and just do his thing whilst we are home! haha

    Thanks,
    Colin
     
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    Good luck (and I mean that honestly).

    They are nice dogs, but they are incredible escape artists and very agile. There's one that lives in our street, and it can jump right over a full height colorbond fence. Over the years you could see the owners try more and more elaborate measures to keep it in the yard, but nothing seemed to work.

    Do you have a large yard / do you plan on walking it a lot? The husky near me didn't have either of these things (as far as I am aware) which might contribute to its habit of escaping?

    All the best with it :)
     
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    I have a medium size yard, and walk it twice every day (3 times on weekends) and most of the time about 70% of the walk he will lie down and take a break, so i hope i'm wearing him down!

    I don't think him escaping will be an issue, he struggled to get into my bathtub that is <1m in height even with a treat encouraging him to jump in. I have pretty high fences as well.

    This morning i took him for his first morning walk (at like 630 am) and he got about 100m from home and just lay down. I guess its too early for him! But i need to start working on getting him into a new routine.

    I'm at work now and have a camera setup, looks like he's just lying around chilling and sleeping which is good, issue is only when we are home!


    Thanks,
    Colin
     
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    Pleased to hear it, and the camera is a great idea too :thumbup:
     
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    Does he have toys around the place he can occupy himself with?
     
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    Hey Mate yep i have a couple of toys for him, but he doesn't seem interested in playing with any toys its odd!

    I'm looking for ways to try and engage him, he wasn't interested in tug o war, didnt expect him to be interested in fetch or anything, but looking for some games / ways to engage him in the backyard, any pointers?
     
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    Have a chat with the previous owners, ask if he was doing the same with them. If so might be a habit/trait he has, in that case see a dog behavioral specialist. If not I think he's just settling in, may be a case of tough love and just ignore him till he stops or finds something else to do, it may take a couple of weeks let the neighbors know whats up as Husky are loud.

    Get some deer antler it works really well for my dog if shes restless, it takes ages for her to chew through and she cant resist it.
     
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    Mine loses a bit of interest when I'm away also, are you encouraging him with the toys?
     
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    Also get toys you can stuff with food, like Kongs and then freeze them and give to the dog. Usually helps get them more involved.
     
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    Agree with this; get a food related toy to get him interested.
     
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    Hey all,

    I got him a kong and another chew toy that i can put his food in which he has warmed up to really well.

    Definately behaving a lot better now, so i think it was just the settle in 1 month period.

    All is going well now!

    One issue is he seems a bit aggressive at dog parks etc, mounting other dogs and growling at them.
    He is absolutely fine with guests at my house and doesn't bite.

    The previous owner did bring him to the dog parks and said he was socialised and very friendly with other dogs.

    Any tips to get him more accustomed to that behavior again so i can take him there more often?

    Thanks,
    Colin
     
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    Dogs do growl when playing, not always sign of aggression. Whats the actual body language of him like
     
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    Having had a husky, they can be highly protective of their owners, it'll settle down. just expose him more to other dogs at the dog park.
     
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    Just an update.

    The dogpark behaviour remains the same!

    He still growls and mounts alot of other dogs, but i'm putting that down to his personality.

    He has definitely calmed down and behaving really good now! Its been about 6 months and i let him inside couple of nights a week where he just lies around and has a nap.

    The only issue is he won't stay still / sleep inside the house, if i move just a fraction he will get up and stop relaxing!

    I've tried moving his bed inside to let him sleep inside and i slept on the couch as well, but he was just licking his lips and breathing heavy all night!

    Slowly i'll crack him so he can come inside, but would you reckon he's still anxious inside as he's been an outside dog his all life?

    Also getting some pretty good success letting him off leash for 100meters before i get home at the end of our walks, he responds to his name and stops when asked!

    Thanks!
     
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    Yes if he is breathing heavy and licking his lips, those are signs of being anxious or uncomfortable. You could try bringing him in for shorter periods if he doesnt show those signs as soon as he comes inside,then slowly build up the time he is inside.

    Alternatively you could try some adaptil pheromones, using a plug in diffuser, it may just take the edge off him so he can relax a little inside. One plug in lasts 30 days so you could try and see if that makes a difference.

    Otherwise, being patient and calm like you already are will work in the long run but will take time. Its really lovely to see someone giving your new dog time to adjust at their pace not ours too
     

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