that paw raised picture is just the best!! and Maya is beautiful!
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RE: Help adapting to new home
that's really interesting - I know I have some of those bulbs in my house I'll have to try changing them and see if that helps.
However, Brodie starts his whining as soon as we drive onto my street and gets worse as we walk up to the house. Is it possible something like that could have given him such an aversion to the house?
RE: Help adapting to new home
I thought I would revive this thread to see if anyone has any suggestions for me. It has now been 7 months and while Brodie has improved slightly (no more panting and a bit less crying) he still shakes every night when I bring him home, he is still pacing and whining.
I got another dog back in December and I thought this would help him but it hasn't made a difference either way. My parents recently went away for a couple weeks and so I had to leave Brodie at home during the day with my parents dog - the new puppy comes to work with me everyday. The first day was fine but the 2nd day he tore my curtains out of the wall and shreded the roman shades that I handmade for my bedroom. So day 3 he went in his cage where he proceded to slide the pan out and tear up the carpet underneath down to the bare floor (the whole room needs to be recarpeted now). After that he spent the days alone at my parents empty house and he was fine.
He has his annual checkup/heartworm appointment on Monday and I was hoping to try out prozac but it sounds like my vet has never prescribed that and I would have to go somewhere else to get it. My Dad is now on a campaign to have Brodie go and live with them and while this is looking like the best scenario for the dog I can't imagine giving him up after 7 years.
If anyone has any suggestions they think could help so that I can keep him I will try ANYTHING at this point!
oh, and neither of the other dogs have any problem with the house so I really don't think it's ghosts. Brodie has always been a very anxious dog, used to have really bad seperation anxiety but I'm not even sure what kind of anxiety this is!
RE: Winter Coat Time!!!
For all those of you living in cold climates - I got a "Chilly Dog" coat (http://www.chillydogs.ca/) for Brodie a couple Christmases ago. It is a great design and super warm and has held up really well. A bit expensive but worth it. He also got a matching head muff which was supposed to keep his ears warm (this was when we were living in Ottawa and the -40C weather) but he hated having his ears covered.
RE: Help adapting to new home
I just moved to Port Weller…..but considering my parents live off Lakeshore Rd. it's about a 4 minute drive from where I used to live.
I can't remember her name....but we've met Jigsaw and I know she got another puppy since then. There also used to be a tricolor we'd see at Woodend back in the day when it was a make shift dog park. Brodie never seemed all that interested when he saw another B.....I was definately way more excited than he was!!
RE: Help adapting to new home
Thanks for your replies. My co-workers had suggested ghosts too!!
It is a much older house than my parents and we painted basically the whole thing so I know it probably smelled bad but I think that is all gone. We are still doing work so the place is a mess with tools and stuff. Also that house is closer to the street so there is more outside noise he can hear. Plus there is a cottage at the end of the yard rented to an older lady. He can also see the beach and park through the chain link fence and he stands there watching this a lot. My parents redid their family room at the same time I moved so we moved everything (couches, chairs, even the carpet) into my basement. I thought Brodie would like it down there because it would smell familiar but he doesn't seem to care.
I tried during the first week to bring his brother over for a sleepover but that didn't help at all. When he was younger and we lived other places he was an only dog and sandwiched in between he lived briefly with my parents last dog. It does seem to me to be more the house than seperation anxiety since he's only been left alone in the new place for 2 hours max. He's a little better on nights when he's been to the dog park but I can't get him there everyday and with cold weather coming he'll go even less often. Walks don't seem to help. He really just seems to want out of the house. He had me up at 5 this morning whining to go back to my parents - he definately has caught on he gets to go back every weekday morning. Not sure if this is just extra confusion for him or not.
Prior to this he NEVER panted. He used to shake when we first moved in with my parents and he would shake every morning when I left for work but there wasn't any crying going along with it.
I'm hoping to adopt an older basenji around the same age as him - almost 7 - I've always wanted 2 and this is the first time I've been in a situation to have that. In one way I think it might be good for him to have the company but then I don't want to bring a rescue into a house with such an anxious dog.
Argh. I keep thinking he HAS to get used to it eventually, I just didn't expect it to take months and months.
Thanks for your suggestions…..if anyone has any tip or technique they think would help I'd be all ears!
SIDE NOTE : Arlene I see you're in Welland - I'm in St. Catharines! I've only ever seen 2 other basenjis in the Niagara Region so it's nice to see some more!
Help adapting to new home
About a month ago I moved into my own house from my parents. My boy Brodie and I have lived in 3 different cities together and the moves were not easy but nothing like how this last one has been. We were at my parents house for about 3 years, during which time they brought home a new puppy who Brodie would play with daily. Since my new place is so close I am bringing Brodie back to my parents house every morning before work for "doggy daycare" since they are retired. He is fine when he is here, but at the new place he is constantly whining, screaming and shaking and panting severly. I thought he would get used to the new routine but it has been a month and he is still acting the same.
He even acts this way when my parents, me, and his brother are ALL at my new house. It seems he would rather be in the old house by himself than in the new house with his whole family. I'm having to crate him again if I need to run errands (haven't needed the crate in years) just so that I can get out of the house. At night he is constantly scratching at the door to go out (there is a nice sized fenced yard) but when he scratches to come in and you open the door he just stands there and refuses to come in. If you close the door he immediately scratches to come in again (but again won't come in). Also one night he voluntarily went out in a torrential downpour and stayed out for 5 minutes!!!
I left him with my Dad for a couple hours the other day while he has laying some carpet. When I got back my Dad joked that if I had been 5 minutes longer he was going to cut Brodie's throught with the utility knife just to get him to shut up. My vet recommended a DAP diffuser but the only thing I could find around here was the DAP spray which I put on a bandana around Brodie's neck. $50 later and it didn't seem to make any difference. I tried benadryl and gravol but neither made much difference. I've tried ignoring him and soothing him. He does eventually settle down when we go to bed.
I'm very close to thinking he might need doggie Prozac.
Is there anything anyone can suggest?? I'm desperate!
RE: On-Leash Snarking
OMG…..I thought my guy was weird for doing this!! He plays in the doggie park just fine but when he goes for a walk with his brother he does this and attacks him! The problem I have is that his brother is a schnoodle and my guy never had a problem passing another dog on leash until we got the other one. But the schnoodle barks every time we pass another dog so I can't distract my guy very easily (although I doubt I could distract him either way).
It definately makes me not want to walk them together. Also he could really hurt our schnoodle (who is very submissive).
RE: New Collar
I've bought a couple of collars from aroundthehounds (I discovered them at a local show) and they are really beautiful. I find though that the dupioni (sp?) silk ones are best for special occasions since they tend to fray when your dog scratches. They have other ones that are better for everyday wear.
I also bought some adorable Christmas collars last year from 2houndsdesign.
Ever since I discovered the martingale collar that is all my boy wears….and we think he looks especially handsome in the thicker width collars!