July 29, 2008 6:12pm CST
Hello any dog trainers or behavourists out there. I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me with a little problem. I have four dogs, 3 females and 1 male. The last one to join our family was the male labrador in February, 2008. He had a rough beginning to the start of his life and before coming home to us was a therapy dog at a nursing home I worked at. He was very quiet there and I only worked 3 days and it was me who he looked forward to seeing. A big place with over 300 residents and about the same staff. It did'nt work without getting into the whole story management who did not understand dogs expected him to be a machine, the end result I took him home. Well he is happy dog with 3 sisters he loves and they love him. There are a couple of behavoural issues I don't know what to do to adjust if possible. 1. It appears after 5.30am if noone is up he comes to the bedroom door and cries and winges until we get up. Gone are the sleepins. I guess from the nursing home movement started pretty early so I don't know what else to do. The other 3 dogs are already in the room sleeping so I can't change tings there. 2. When we go for a walk due to the whether or I'm running late and the fact that I have one older dog who is old so I drive to the park, exercise and run around there then come home. When we got him everything was fine, now soon as I take up the street he barks all the way down the park. Again on the way home but doesn't start till we turn into our street. Any sugguestions or opinions to why he is doing this. Please help.
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30 Jul 08
You are correct in the getting up early issue, if he was used to getting up early everyday for however long he was at the nursing home, then that's what he is used too. That will be a hard one to break him of, but with patience I'm sure you can do it. If he is barking to be let outside to take care of business, then let him out, come back in and go back to bed, even if you can't go back to sleep, it will show him that you are not getting up just yet. Like I said it will take some time. As for the barking on his way to the park and when you turn on your street, it could be that he is just excited and knows that you are going to the park, and the same when returning home, he knows that you are almost home. Other than letting someone else drive and sitting next to him, so that you can discipline him with a stern NO when he starts barking, this one maybe one that you have to live with, he is just showing his excitement.