Ok so help, advice, and positive stories of fearful dogs who got better are greatly appreciated!!! Week 2 with Truck has been good and bad. First off, HE IS SOOOOOOOOO FEARFUL!! He is still very timid and anxious.
Issue 1: Fear of cars. If anybody can help me fix this, or relate stories of their dogs that improved that'd be great. Truck is terrified of cars, to the point where if I open my door and he is off leash he will run away and not come when I call him. He did this the other day and it took me going back into the house to get him back (he is afraid of being left alone so if I ignore him and leave he will come to me). After this happened I leashed him up and had him get in and out of the car a few times and just sit in the car and get praised. I take for granted Franklin will jump right into the car and forget how Truck acts so have to make an effort to remember to leash Truck up if I am heading to the car
Issue 2: Separation anxiety. Truck has terrible separation anxiety. I have tried leaving him home alone out of his crate for short periods of time and once it went well and then another time he peed in the house and tore up a bunch of stuff. This is a BIG issue for me because I got Truck partially as a companion for Franklin when I am gone. If I can't let him out of the crate, then he certainly isn't going to be a good companion! Ideas on how to fix separation anxiety? I give him treats and goodies every time I leave so leaving is a positive thing, and he will FINALLY go in his crate willingly without running away like he used to.
Issue 3: Potty training. This is somewhat related to the separation anxiety I think, but ideas on potty training an adult dog? I always let the dogs out a lot when I am home so have had no problems with Truck going in the house,except at my parent's house where he both pooped and peed inside. Here he has peed twice when left home. One time I was gone for several hours and he broke out of his crate and peed, and then the other day he also peed when I was only gone for a short period of time. Both dogs have access to outside with a dog door 24/7 and Truck goes in and out the dog door. How do I teach him not to go potty inside? I've never caught him in the act so I don't know how to fix this.
Issue 4: Fear. His fear is a big issue which causes a lot of these other issues. I literally can't raise my voice or deepen the pitch of my voice without him freaking out. If I try to call him and he isn't listening and then use a deeper voice he will scitter around me and not let me catch him. If I ever had an issue like this with another dog, when I call him in a happy voice with lots of praise this fixes the issue but Truck will just shut down when he is in this mode and I can't get him to come without basically just leaving him and continuing to walk. He is generally EXCELLENT off leash otherwise though. This is a problem in the house as well, he is just so scared. If Franklin starts playing a tad rougher then he will shut down and quit playing, Franklin has actually started getting annoyed with him and has now basically quit playing with him. Truck also cowers when I try to pet him and is just overall super fearful, ideas to help him gain confidence and help with this fear and anxiety?
On a positive note, when Franklin had his tooth extraction I took Truck to the pet store because it would be much easier to work with him one on one. He was great in the store and a guy with a corgi came over and Truck was very nice and friendly with the corgi. He also greeted and allowed 2 strangers to pet him which was great too.
Sorry no new pictures! The weather has been awful.