Re: May 2013
posted at 5/12/2013 2:20 PM EDT
Take him out every 2 hours on a leash, walk him to the area where you would like him to do his business. Give him at least a few minutes...yes, give him a treat and praise him profusely when he goes!
Continue to take him for a couple of walks around the neighborhood every day, this is a big transition for him, you should see improvement within a month, if not, I would consult an animal behaviorist, Angell has good ones, or ask your vet for a recommendation.
Bottom line, he is confused and wants to go home, and he would prefer to use his regular bathroom.
Cleanse the area he soils with Natures Miracle or a similar product, because they tend to return to the same spot, and it appears he is trying to establish a new bathroom area.
If you catch him in the act, say NO! Don't hit him, carry him outside to the designated area.
Some dogs become very anxious after a move, if this change in bowel habits or behaviors continue, I would consult your vet.
HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OFF LEASH, HE WILL RUN AWAY AND TRY TO FIND HIS WAY BACK TO YOUR LAST HOME and get lost etc.
If you have to leave him unattended, gate him in a small room that is puppy/dogproofed for now.
ETA: Get the yard fenced in, it's worth it! Or a kennel chain link fence pen, in the bad weather you won't regret it. A run? As long as you can watch him.
BTW: Anxious adult dogs don't do well with electronic fences, plus the wildlife can harm him and he'll be defenseless. If the dog breaks through and gets shocked, he won't come back.