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Behavior Changes in our Adopted Husky-- Loki
Join date : 2019-04-01
|Subject: Behavior Changes in our Adopted Husky-- Loki Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:15 pm|| |
We are new to this forum, so no picture yet of our pack, but one will be posted soon. We have three beautiful Siberian Huskies and 1 yellow Lab (who is the entire reason we ended up with the other 3!). Anyway, all three are very close in age, Akira and Xena are one day apart in birth, and are cousins. They were born on December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017 respectively. We have had them since they were 8 weeks old. Loki....he was born on December 1, 2016. He is my difficult dog and has been since we adopted him on June 5, 2018. I say difficult very lightly because other than a few "things" he is really a delight. I feel I have to give some background otherwise it won't be fair to Loki....
Loki was purchased from a breeder by a then 15 1/2 year old girl who desperately wanted a Husky pup. So much so that she stayed at the breeders kennels all weekend to clean, etc. in order to knock $100 off the price of Loki. She was solely responsible for his upkeep and care where she lived in the basement of her mothers townhouse, her grandmother lived there with her as well so she did have some help with Loki. As best as I can gather for the first three months all went according to plan and he received the care he was supposed to receive and then I am unsure what happened except the grandmother had moved to a place of her own, and Loki never went to the vet again. By the time we met him on June 5, 2018, he had just turned 6 months old, and her mother was either going to leave him at a shelter or advertise him on the internet...neither of which I could stand by and let happen. So, we took him. They left him with a ball and a bucket of food (The grandma and the girl brought him to our house). He was not neutered and had no shots. By Monday, I had him up to date on his shots, by Tuesday he was fixed, and by that next week I found out that Loki was completely blind in one eye and almost blind in the other from cataracts at birth. Of course, we couldn't let a puppy suffer with blindness if he could see again, So off to the specialist we went, and he can now see out of both eyes and it is like he is going through all of the puppy phases....now. Which we totally understand and have tried to be patient with him...but.....we have had about all we can take.....it didn't bother us too much when he first arrived that he stole food off the counters, he was emaciated and hungry (he didn't eat much because he had to choose either being outside or in his crate) and we tried to be better humans by making sure temptation was not staring Loki at every turn; it didn't bother us too much that we had to put every single trash can up in every room because he would go into it and pull everything out and rip it up and try to eat stuff out of it...again be better humans.....it didn't bother us that when he curls up to go to sleep and we lean over to hug him he growls at us as if to say, leave me the hell alone I'm done with you, we kiss him and tell him we love him anyway. But, when my husband is sitting at the kitchen table and Loki walks up and lifts his leg right in front of him, like it is nothing, and pees on his shoe and the table, we have a HUGE problem. Didn't pee a lot, just enough. This marking thing has been happening for a couple of weeks but haven't been able to catch him doing it, this morning was the first time he's ever done that. However, he's been acting up outside in the yard. And, since we have had him, he will not come when he's called. No matter what. Our other three come when called, not Loki. He knows but he won't come. When I walk out to get him, he runs away and starts barking and makes a game out of it. I refuse to participate in that, not when I am trying to get him to listen to me. Correction is difficult with him, because I think that someone from where he came from was mean to him. If you grab Loki by the collar he definitely doesn't like it, you can tell something has happened to him before, he growls and gets very upset. Which is the main reason my husband did not react to him this morning, plus, I think he was in total shock. We've had rescues before that were not treated well, so we try to make them feel comfortable,but Loki is taking advantage, maybe? I apologize for the length of this post...but we are at our wits end, we do not know where to turn to at this point. Any thoughts would be appreciated....
Join date : 2013-12-20
|Subject: Re: Behavior Changes in our Adopted Husky-- Loki Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:56 pm|| |
The first thing I would do is snap a leash on him and he wears it whenever he is out of the crate. Keep him either tethered to your person or to something sturdy. That way, if he starts to mark, a snap of the leash and a loud, stern "NO" ought to help. This should also help with the collar-shy problem. You can pull or snap the leash instead of grabbing by the collar (by snap, I mean just a shake of the leash, not yanking on it, even more effective if you use a prong collar). Many dogs are collar shy and it does not mean they have been abused - they just don't like their heads or collars touched.
It sounds as if he has more freedom than his behavior warrants. The leashing/tethering/crating should help with this. Another thing that can help with the counter surfing and marking, trash cans etc is using a bonker. First - he's ONLY allowed free roaming when you are in the room with him. If you cannot be with him then it is either crate or tethering (which, you will have to assess - will he chew the leash off? Or the table leg or whatever he's tethered to?)
So - a bonker. Take a towel, fold length wise in half, roll up tightly and hold in place with elastic bands. keep it handy, even better, make the free roaming a time limited training session with you ever watchful. If he marks, counter surfs, trash mongers - you toss the bonker at him. Along with loud "NO" Dogs don't like things that come out of the blue and this will startle him/interrupt the behavior. Then, pull on the leash to make him come to you, and "sit"
For the outside thing (oh, does this remind me of my very independant big red fluffy boy, Ami.) Get a long line (20-30 ft long, Tractor supply carries them, as does many other places) This gives you something to step on and to pull/coax him back to you.
In addition, time to start focused obedience training. He needs a rock solid "sit", "down" "stay" and "recall" "Place" is also a very helpful command.
And - if all else fails, ecollar training with an independent cuss can be life changing.
I find this trainer has loads of helpful free videos:
He also has dvd/streaming comprehensive training that can be purchased. I keep promising my self the complete set but everytime I go to purchase, some other thing comes up (usually involving a critter and a vet visit or a house system
Behavior Changes in our Adopted Husky-- Loki
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