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Hi all,

Need some help / advice here.

Since 3 days ago, when I came home, I find my house dirtier than usual and because my kitchen tiles are black, it is very visible and the dining area floor is alot stickier. Initially I thought Hapi played with water while we were out.

The following day, same thing. And on closer look and thoughts, it should be his saliva and he has been stepping on his saliva all over the house. And I had problems coming out of the house as he tries to squeeze through my main door to get through the gate and runs off. But he will be waiting for me at the elevator area.

Today, I realised he starts to pant abit harder and salivates/drool more and pace up and down the main door, when he realised I am about to change to leave the house for work. I have decided to do a simple exercise.

I went in and out of the house. Lock up the house and walk off and back. For the first two times, he tried to get out of the house again until I firmly said "No, inside the house" and hit him slightly at the head.

Subsequently, he will take a step back and let me out of the house. Each time i return, I will find drool in the kitchen, dining and the main door area. I will sit at my dining and pretend to read the papers each time I "come home". He will stand at the main door and look out and drool.

In addition, he barked ONCE at nothing outside, and I corrected him immediately.

I really dont know what to do because I think he might be slowly developing anxiety issues. He has never been like this until 3 days ago when my husband was not working and not wearing his work attire and took me to work. He is coming to 2 this August and he is a neutered male.

Nothing changes in the morning. I take him to relieve himself, do his basic obedience training every morning before I go to work.

Any advice, help?

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sounds to me like seperation issues, but I have to ask this........ why would you hit him on his head to make him stay or listen? I would think a firm voice would work over hitting.
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because i had used a firm voice and it dint work.

I pushed him in and say no and it dint work.
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but i did not hit hard at all. and I used a firm voice at the same time.
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First, there is no reason to hit your dog. Remember you're smarter than he is, outwit him.

Second, buy a crate and use it. It was a good idea to lock up the house and come back as maybe it will desensitize him. If you are still having problems, crate him. I would even crate sometimes when you are there so he doesn't associate crate=you leaving.

When you come home, ignore him for 10 or 15 minutes. Don't make it a big deal that you're home. Also, try giving him something to do when you leave. Have you tried giving him a marrow bone or something when you leave? If he likes them this will first, keep him busy, second help him associate you leaving with good things happening.
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Set him up with something to do while you're gone - like a frozen peanut butter KONG.

And please reconsider hitting him. Definitely not necessary.

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ok . thanks guys. Will try to see what I can do

Will take note about the hit. :P
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Buy the book the Dog Listener by Jan Fennell. Lots of good info in there that can help you understand your dogs needs better.
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Are you kidding me? You hit your dog to try and get him to listen to you? Light tap or not, it doesn't matter. He's going to end up being scared of you and NOT listening. He needs POSITIVE reinforcement, especially since he's already got separation issues going on.

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Please DO NOT hit your dog! Its very easy to train a dog, especially a Golden not to run out the door when you open it. Google it!!!

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