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    Hi Everyone,

    I vaguely explained in my intro thread that I have a 2 year old staffy/kelpie cross called Goku and a 15 month old Shmoodle called Bella. Both pound puppies.

    So, we had Goku first. He is beautiful, friendly and a wonderful pet. He is the one with the issues. He has jumped our six foot fences from day dot. We have not yet tried fence extentions and we will if all else fails. The fence may not even be there, he has no trouble jumping at all. He can go weeks without even thinking about it and then all of a sudden he will have a burst and jump everyday. He will only run around the park next door or sometimes will go straight to the front door and wander the driveway. Does anyone else have this problem? any advice?

    He also suffers terribly from Seperation Anxiety, one of the reasons we got another dog. The problem is, he loves Bella. They get along so well. He just absolutely hates our relationship with Bella. he is terribly jealous and he has had full on anxiety attacks when we cuddle her. He will shake, cry, whimper and uncontrolably lick our faces, to the point where he hurts us and will start nipping our faces. We are not sure what to do next, he has so many issues. poor boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alkira View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    I vaguely explained in my intro thread that I have a 2 year old staffy/kelpie cross called Goku and a 15 month old Shmoodle called Bella. Both pound puppies.

    So, we had Goku first. He is beautiful, friendly and a wonderful pet. He is the one with the issues. He has jumped our six foot fences from day dot. We have not yet tried fence extentions and we will if all else fails. The fence may not even be there, he has no trouble jumping at all. He can go weeks without even thinking about it and then all of a sudden he will have a burst and jump everyday. He will only run around the park next door or sometimes will go straight to the front door and wander the driveway. Does anyone else have this problem? any advice?

    He also suffers terribly from Seperation Anxiety, one of the reasons we got another dog. The problem is, he loves Bella. They get along so well. He just absolutely hates our relationship with Bella. he is terribly jealous and he has had full on anxiety attacks when we cuddle her. He will shake, cry, whimper and uncontrolably lick our faces, to the point where he hurts us and will start nipping our faces. We are not sure what to do next, he has so many issues. poor boy!
    Hi and welcome....

    I suspect there is a couple of things going on with the jumping.
    1) he is bored and the park is far more inviting than anything you have in your backyard

    2) As you say he has sep anxiety

    So......you need to catch him in the act of jumping without him knowing you are there. Then once he is over, spray him in the face with a water spray with 1/2 a teaspoon of white vinagar. But the trick is to bust him doing it.

    Fence extensions may not be a good option as I have heard of many dogs getting their foot stuck on these and that out come is BAD

    As far as the sep anx is concerned, take it back to basics. Take some leave from work and leave him for 10 min return on the first morn and 15 that first afternoon. Day 2 should extend a little longer and so on. What you are trying to reinforce to him here is that you WILL come back.

    Change his toys around daily

    Keep him off the bed and the lounge and do some further training with him instead. Sit drop recall etc. 10 mins every single day will help him bond to you in the right way and also tire him out.

    Finally, I would triangle of temptation him. He sounds as though he really needs to learn his place in the pack for his own security and happiness.

    Hope this helps...

    ETD......these "problems" you describe are VERY normal for the breeds of dog he is....there is definately help out there!!
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    Excellent post from Shar, IMO Alkira.

    Try the water spray first. There are other...um...ways, but try that first. Lol.

    The SA needs to be dealt with, and I agree with all that Shar has posted above. Really back to basics with training and where he stands in your family hierachy, so to speak.

    What do you do, when he behaves like this when you are giving attention to Bella?
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