Dog training time

I have had enough.

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It is time for a renewed effort to get rid of Klaus’s separation anxiety and fully house train him. We also need him to stay in the dog pen. He likes to run away and visit all over the valley, cavorting with coyotes, running across the highway multiple times, and eating garbage. The coyotes are probably not going to hurt him. They’re some of the sleekest fattest coyotes I’ve ever seen and a big dog is probably not that interesting when there are plump and stupid bunnies everywhere. The garbage eating is also probably not such a big deal (although the corn-filled poop is mysterious. Who threw out that much corn where he could get to it? Did he raid someone’s dinner table?). But the highway will kill him one of these days. It’s killed two of our neighbors last three dogs in the last 5 years or so.

That’s three behavior issues all wrapped up in one dog. So far our approaches to the problems have been sporadic and non-unified. I think we need to tackle them all at once.

Here’s my plan:

1. Fix the dog pen. We gave up on keeping him in it in the middle of the monsoon season, and sediment flowed in and needs to be dug out. We also need to reinforce and re-electrify the south end where he was escaping.

2. Deal with the separation anxiety. I doubt that this will be as simple as giving him a Kong treat to keep him occupied when we leave, but we’ll start there and see how it goes. Also, somehow we have to make the pen and attractive place for him to be – hide dog food around it, maybe?

3. Actually house train him for reals. Give him a treat as soon as he actually goes outside, clean the room with enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the pee smell, put treats where he usually pees in the room, and maybe get a belly band to discourage him from peeing.

4. Take the dogs on walks in the morning before we leave and the evening before we go to bed, instead of just letting them out to run around with each other. The morning is going to be hard and we may have to change our whole life schedule for that to work. Currently I get up and leave an hour before Ken does because I have to work an hour longer, and I feel quite reluctant to get up any earlier.

Any other suggestions aside from bringing him to work, quitting my job, or shooting him?


2 Responses to “Dog training time”

  1. 1 bmoozick February 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Ronnie really wants to get a puppy from a friend. They will be ready to move out in a week or so. I hope he reads this…

  2. 2 coldwork February 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Well, if you do, invest the time in training it so you don’t end up with a Klaus. You don’t want to deal with that nonsense.

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