We have a 3 year old golden retriever cross who is a fantastic family dog who has been very easy to train.
She has recently started behaving in a way I can’t understand when we return after leaving her in the garden. She is happy to see us but at the same time slinks down on the ground as dogs do when they think they’ve done something wrong and are being very submissive. At the same time she also urinates a bit.
Most days she isn’t alone at all and when she is it’s usually only for a few hours. I think the garden is an interesting one for a dog and she has a view down the street.
I make sure we praise her when she goes out and go straight to her when we return. I’ve tried giving her a treat as she goes out and a bone but she won’t take them. When she was a puppy I used to give her a bone to help with the separation anxiety but she quickly associated it with being left alone and won’t take one from me at all.
I am baffled as to why she’s doing this, especially the weeing, and don’t know how to correct it. Can anyone help please?