when a dog has separation anxiety??
I think that's the problem. I mentioned that I have a 3 yr. old husky mix named Addie, and a 5 mo. old german shepard named Hammie. I've had Hammie since he was 9 weeks old. He was always inside due to cold weather except for housebreaking (which was really easy..had him broke in two weeks). We've just had a dog pen installed for them, it is 20' by 32'. They each have a doghouse. This is a protected space to leave them when I have to go out, or just need to get some work done. Addie has always slept outside, so now that the weather is warm I decided Hammie could, too. It took it really well and never whimpered or barked...BUT, OH DEAR...I GET MAULED in the morning when I go to get them. I know he may be happy...but he gets into a frenzy before I reach the gate...which gets Addie in a frenzy. May sound simple...but it's really awful for about 15 mins. I tried sounding harsh...saying the command word I've always used 'settle!'....nothing but crazy. I have also tried remaining very calm....TRYING to get him to sit while talking to him gently. I've tried to just let him out first, hoping he'd run around the yard a bit to get it out of his system. He jumps, whimpers, sometimes nips....basically he acts like something needing saved from a burning building. Even when it's 80 degrees, I have to go get them with a long sleeve jacket and long pants. Hammie is already 55 lbs. Sorry so long...would appreciate any suggestions. THANKS!!!!!!!!