Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About allieapplesauce

  • Birthday 11/02/1982

allieapplesauce's Achievements


Rookie (2/14)

  • Collaborator
  • First Post
  • Conversation Starter
  • One Year In
  • One Month Later

Recent Badges



  1. Hi, My husband and I have 2 huskies, Molly and Sammy. Both will be turning 6 during the first half of this year. We've had Molly since she was 8 weeks. She's the sweetest, greatest dog, but there have been some changes in her that have me worried. Typically, when the dogs are outside, Molly likes to stay out longer than Sammy. Sammy likes to come in after like 10-20 minutes, then go back outside after another 20 minutes. But, when I want them to come in, they usually do well with responding. If I need some coaxing, I'll say, "do you want a treat?" and their ears will perk up, and they'll come running in. I'll give them a little piece of treat. That was working great up until the weather started to get cold, so maybe like 2 months now. Once the weather turned colder, Molly, especially started to want to stay outside longer, and using "treat" became effective maybe 20% of the time. Now, over like the past 2 weeks, she REALLY doesn't want to come in, and when we gotta leave the house, like for work, we need her to come inside. So, now it's like I don't really want to let her outside if I am going to need to leave the house within like the next 30 minutes or so. If you go outside to get her, she'll run away from you all over the yard. It's not a big yard. Fenced in, probably about 60x30. Now, she acted this way periodically last year, so if this was all that was going on, I wouldn't actually be worried - I'd be working on training, but it's this other stuff that started like 2-3 days ago that's freaking me out. Okay, so the other evening, my husband and I went outside together to get her inside. We weren't mean or yelling or anything, but we were stern, like "Molly, come." We kind of had to corner her until she kind of gave up on bolting past us, and we took her in, but she resisted a bit, which is weird. It was raining and muddy, so we had a little towel to dry off her feet, and she was cowering against the door, shaking and making low whining sounds (the low whining is something she's done ever since we held her when we were visiting her before we could take her home--she does it when she's gotta do something she doesn't want to do, like if you're holding her and she wants to go). When we let her go, she ran upstairs. A little while later, she seemed to be a little better, but she would still kind of not come to us, and still appeared in a somewhat fearful stature, not the perky, high-energy dog she usually is. This evening is the 3rd time I think....she was outside most of the day. It's raining and very wet, and yet she would lay outside with her nose under the fence gate, like they usually do, or she'd lay on the tiny back porch. It was about 10pm, and I wanted her to come in so I could head upstairs. I went outside and she ran from me, over to the fence and was flat up against it, then she squatted like she was peeing, and then she didn't run from me as I walked over to her, but she was cowering a little. I put the leash on her and she was resisting a little, like she did not want to come in the house at all. I can't think of anything me or my husband might have done inadvertently to cause her fear or anxiety, nor can I think of anything inside or outside that may have caused this change, like any loud noises or whatever...Sammy has no problems in or out, so whatever it is, he is not sensing it or privy to it, which also makes me think it's not anything outside like an animal, etc. So, I brought her inside and was trying to get my shoes off and then get a towel to dry her off, and she kept kind of trying to slink away, but she was still leashed. Tail between her legs, shaking, whining. I toweled her off, unleashed her, and said, "okay, go ahead." and she left and I heard her run upstairs. She came back down because the doors were closed and went to her spot between the end of the couch and the wall. I had a little treat, and she came to me for that, but other wise, when I come into the room, she sort of turns her head and tries to avoid me (not always, just briefly after this coming in the house episode stuff). We're going to try increasing exercise, with walks, dog park, etc. Try reinforcing some training, and so on. Then look into taking her to the vet. I've already googled this and have read some posts to this exact thing - sudden change, won't come inside, shaking and seeming fearful...- and the responses seem to be things like, fearful of something inside or outside...in pain, cold, a result to some change, etc, but no one has given any responses with the answer for their dogs behavior. I can't think of anything that has changed or happened. These weren't huskies, so I thought I'd inquire on here if anyone had this issue and figured out the reason, or has any other advice I might not have come across. Thank you!
  2. He used to "piddle" as I've heard it called, when we first got Sammy. It seems like that was when his mood went from one extreme to another. He isn't doing that anymore, thank goodness but he poops inside. For instance, this morning I took both dogs out. Molly did both things and I left Sammy outside on a chain for like 20 minutes, kept checking on him and he didn't go number 2. So I brought him inside and literally 2 minutes later, he had pooped in the living room. Good grief. There are days when we take him out repeatedly and he just WONT go to the bathroom, but then will poop in the house as soon as he comes in! He knows it is wrong, I think, because he will run from you and then try to pull away when you drag him to the poop. I was afraid to yell or scold him because he already has self-esteem issues. Tried positively reinforcing the pooping outside by giving a treat and praising him. I'm pretty sure it's not an issue with not being able to hold it. Could it be some need for attention? Some learning behavior we need to unlearn? Seems like it wasn't quite an issue in the beginning but has developed. It's confusing. But I'm tired to cleaning it up every day and it smells so bad! Bags and paper towels are being used like crazy and towels aren't cheap! And I want my dog to go to the bathroom outside! I'd try a puppy pad or something but they'll just eat it.
  3. Okay, our dog Molly who will be two in a couple months is potty trained. We've had her since 8 weeks. Sammy is 2 mo younger than here and we got him in June. He is a sweet dog, but has separation anxiety and possessive aggression. The aggression is getting better and the random peeing spells when we first come home have dissipated, however, he keeps going number 2 in the house. We've been training with bells on the doors and he'll go to it, but when we take him out he doesn't want to go pee or poop. We give him a treat when. Not sure exactly what his first year was like at his first home. Apparently the owner had a bunch of kids and had financial problems. She gave Sammy to a family and the second home got him fixed, his weight up, and some general obedience classes, and gave him to us. We think the kids probably weren't very kind to him and he might have been left a lone a lot. He gets a long really well with Molly, dogs at the park, and other people. He is a pretty calm dog, though if you try to pick him up or put him in your lap to cuddle, he growls and gives warning bites. Any help or advice would be appreciated. I'm not sure more obedience classes would work since I think something needs to be taught in the home and not at a class/store. Thanks! Allie
  4. Our husky is 8mo old and she does great off leash. Her parents never went on the leash either said the owners and we saw them take mom and dad out to pee without a leash. Molly went camping with us a few months ago and loved running on the trail. I don't let her off where she can run into the street or anything. I don't trust her THAT much! I'm new by the way. Just came across this forum.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy , along with dressing your husky as a unicorn on the first Thursday of each month