So i am new to the forum, and my first post is not so much a hello as plea for opinions and what help i can get.
i have a puppy, estimated to be about 9-10 months old. mutt, beleived to be german sheperd and maybe pointer or austrailian cattle dog mix. ill post pictures.
anyways, i have had dogstar training and have worked with puppies for a 1.5years at a pet store where we sometimes get behavorial problems with them. i have never had so much trouble with a dog, even the stubbornest poodle i dogsat for.
i adopted him at the shelter, a couple days from his death date. i fell for him, his attitude was perfect with me, also. he was brought in due to in his previous family the son and wife being allergic. well this should have been the first sign of trouble where i should have said no. my roomate came up to see him, the dog, Ty, planted himself in front of me, lowered his head, raised his hackles and growled at him. he was fine after i called him and was still nervous and submissive around him but didnt willingly go up to him when first introductions were made.
i grew up with an abused dog, afraid of men and kids and sometimes aggressive and over protective towards guys if they seemed threatening to my sister or i. i had experiance with this...so i figured hed been abused pretty bad.
got him home and he did fine. perfect with my daughter, good with my cat, little prey drive to the rabbits but no big concern there. he kenneled when told, no accidents in the house.
well now is when the problems started. it has been a little over three weeks since i have had him...a long three weeks.
the current problems:
-growling at my roomate when he walks into the room, even when ty is kenneled.
-wont come out of my room when called, has to be picked up and put in the living room then he runs to his kennel
-cowers in his kennel and wont come out, and when he does, he runs into my room
-freaks out when i grab the collar to put a leash on him, struggles, whines, yelps, barks (he is getting much better though as i touch the collar and around his neck when petting him and tell him good boy)
-caught him eating cat litter, i told him no, he peed and ran out into the corner of my bed.
-wont touch his toys, but rips up my blankets, baby toys, and pillows
-will hold in his poop for a day or two even if we take long walks then go out on the patio when i open the door
-whines and barks continuously when kenneled, even after ignored for a week straight
those are just the major problems...which is odd cause i will take him to my parents or out in public and he wags his tail and loves everyone. a bit weary of guys but still lets them pet him and always goes to kids and loves them. and when he sees my dad he gets excited and runs to him and plays with him
last night was the big thing that really got me worrying.
he was outside on the patio laying down, my roomate walks in and lays in the bed to watch a movie. Ty comes in cowers in front of the tv growling and barking. i ignore it until he stands and was worried for a second he might lunge, i told him no and he laid down and continued growling, tail tucked, ears pressed against his head
spoke to a couple dog trainers.
one told me seperation anxiety, something i assumed. told me to kennel him and ignore him.
another said to not let Ty into my room and when walking him always keep him at my side or behind me, which he does unless he sees another dog or rabbit or the sort. said Ty is aggressive towards my roomie cause his dominance over me feels threatened (even though he rolls over showing his submission to me) by my roomie and the older he gets the more violent he may become to my roomie and possibly attack him.
any ideas, inputs are welcome. i wont give him up, but i have never had this problem with a dog that i needed to seek so much help on. appreciated.