Dog Training problem-Howls when left alone-Please help me brainstorm!!
Hi all, please I need any and all advice!
My very good friends Callie and David own a German Shorthaired Pointer. He is now about a year old.
The problem is very complicated, I think it has a lot to do with the owner's underlying depression as well, but I'm going to try break it down.
The dog, Louis, is incredibly high energy. He gets walked for hours everyday by Callie, who is not working at the moment, but it does little to make him more manageable. The larger problem for everyone, however, is that he is incredibly destructive when left home alone. He howls, until the neighbours out of frustration gets animal control to come around, and he destroys the garden, and everything he can find. And all this has lead to the point that Callie now no longer leaves the house. Ever. Because poor wittle doggie will cry...
Ok I'm not being very nice to this abominable creature, but I am sure any dog can be trained to stay home alone? Right? I have never had this problem myself, and I'm no Cesar, so I don't really know what to say. They say the dog has gone to training, but nothing works, but I suspect they are being inconsistent. Or just lying. They 'baby', and 'baby-talk' this poor dog to a nervous wreckage. I really don't think this dog is happy or well-adjusted, its just anxiety ridden.
Its driving me, and their other friends insane, because this dog has taken over their lives, and is running it. David travels for work, leaving Callie at home alone, and besides walking this animal alone for a few hours daily, she does nothing... she doesnt do the shopping, she doesnt visit anyone anymore, she doesnt join us for a meal, she doesnt even bother looking for work... because how can she?? What will poor Louis do all alone??? They are dead broke by the way, I don't know how they are making ends meet as it is.
Help!! I think she is so depressed! And it seems to be getting worse! She just doesnt seem to connect how she feels, with the fact that she has a very spoilt dog on her hands, that needs some discipline. We can't even talk to her about it much, she is in such denial and makes so many excuses for it.
Does this all sound very weird?
I'm sorry, but last night was the last straw... Friends of theirs offered to 'baby-sit' the dog for the evening, so David and Callie can just go on a date. Do something!
I found out this morning, that she refused to leave the house anyway....
I know its more of a person problem than a dog problem, but I don't know what to do to help her, but to try give her practical advice about the dog... I really want to help, but I don't know how!
Sorry for the length of this post, but please do give advice! I'll answer any questions as best I can.