Thanks for all your support.
On the car front. We have been getting in. treat. turning on engine, treat. Reverse up driveway, treat. Had to go to the vet on saturday. Shrieked at the start and some of the way there, just shrieked for about 25% of the trip home. a definite victory of soughts
thanks for you support and suggestions.
We are using a crate in the house, and he is very good about being in the crate (most of the time). In the car, we use a secure harness on the child restraint because the crate won't fit.
And I did speak to the breeder and he is ok in the car at home. I'm sure we will get there.
The bad news is he is doing the same thing at home when we aren't home. We have been careful to only leave him for little bits, but we have just had a neighbour come by to tell us that he howls non stop from the moment we leave until we come back. And having now driven to the top of the street to listen, it's blood curdling.
We arranged to get him now so that there will be people around, in and out for the next two weeks, but we can't be here 24 hours a day. Should we try crating him inside when we are out? He has been in an outside area with trees and an undercover verandah when we aren't home. Good fences, grass, concrete and timber to lie on depending on what he feels like. We thought he would want to be there. Wrong.
I have given him kongs (gives them a brief chew but if it gets a bit hard walks away) a treat ball (ignores it) chew toys - doesn't, a lovely bit of thick cotton rope - ignores it.
I don't want this to sound like we ignore him 23 hours a day. He has 3 walks a day (his breeder said max 30 min per walk because of his joints). I do at least 2 usually 3 clicker training sessions (he can do touch, sit and we are working on come). He is smart and responsive. He is in his crate for our and his dinner, and sleeps in his crate. He potters around the house whereever we are. He loves attention and is quite sooky. On the downside, he always wants to keep me in his field of vision and whines and barks if he can't see me.
On a rational level I know he is stressed and probably quite shut down and this will pass. On an emotional level, I don't want to see him so freaked out, I don't want the neighbours to complain about him. I just want to do the right thing by everyone.
Sorry to sound like such a wimp.