||[Jul. 3rd, 2006|11:22 am]
The Question Club
So, I posted earlier about my German Shepherd, Fall, being a wee little bit crazy and going after my niece. Obviously, we've taken care of that - he just stays crated or goes on a walk - and that's okay. Not a problem there.|
Trick is, he's still pretty cranky - we just moved - and is having serious, serious issues adjusting. So far we've just been keeping him in his crate - he's been snarling at people - and we bought a large outdoor kennel for him, which he doesn't mind. Only trick is yesterday, he was fine in the kennel; lay down, chilled, all kinds of good jazz. Today, he was yelping and trying to literally climb out of the kennel, which he almost did.
We absolutely have to get him used to this kennel - or something else that will work - because if we don't, we'll have to put him down because he might flip. We looked at an animal sanctuary in Nebraska, but they won't take him, so this is our only option as of now.
Fall is my baby; I absolutely cannot put him down, unless I have to. I'd much rather just kennel train him and have him hanging out in his crate all the time than, well, dead, of course.
He's really obedient - we've done agility, training, loads and loads of stuff. But recently, he just can't deal with people.
ETA: More background and responses, since I've gotten so many lovely comments!
We've had him for about two years; he was never like this. He was never thrilled with people coming into the house, but being this upset with people just walking around and all is a hundred percent new.
After everything everyone has said, I'm definitely going to take him in to see a vet; also, when I say we're crating him a ton, I only mean when people are in the house. If it's just me, my mom, and her boyfriend, he's out and chill, but if Kim (my mom's boyfriend)'s son comes over, he wigs, as he does with my boyfriend, so he's crated when they come over. Otherwise, during the night and all, he just hangs out in the house.
He has the outdoor kennel so that when people come over, they don't have an angry dog hanging out right near the dinner table. Problem is, he just doesn't like the kennel.
I'll ask my mom about a behavior therapist; the only thing is, I'm afraid she's taking a rather fatalist view about, and she's expecting the worse. I'm opposite, at present.