I went to see Jack, a Jack Russell/Staffie cross, four days ago. He lives with Amelia who is three years old. He is only fourteen months old himself, but is scared when Amelia approaches him. He does not want to be touched, pulled about or played with. He is stressed little dog. About five weeks ago everything got worse. Weeing indoors increased. Because it was Christmas, more people were about. Dad shouted at Jack. He is now weeing everywhere – the kitchen flooded in mornng. He wees on his bedding, he wees on his toys. His owner is at her wits end.
Dear little Jack was so stressed that he bites himself, circles, licks himself until he is raw and constantly yawns.
I had this email four days later: “I still can’t get over the difference in him, he’s not done any wees inside the house, he’s only jumping on us occasionally. It was really great meeting you the other day, I just wish I’d got in touch with you soon, that way things would never have gone as far as they had”. I did tell her to expect good days and bad days while all the work was being done on his stress levels. I am sure with an owner like his, Jack will come through this to live a happy life.
NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out here. Finding instructions on the internet or TV can do more harm than good sometimes. Every dog is different and every situation is different. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Help page)