Posted 01 November 2010 - 04:27 AM
For starters, you need to understand how the dog thinks.. They can only relate to something within the last 1.3 seconds, so if you come home to a mess and correct your little buddy for the mess at that point, she does not know why you are correcting her, or why you are mad at her.. so by getting mad at her after the fact will only damage the relationship between you two and increase bad behavior through an unpredictable enviorment.
There are couple of issues that can be leading to this..
-Let's start with restless spirit, do you provide an outlet for Cleo to release some restless spirit. You know she is a hound dog, so you can be creative with some games and hide treats, toys, etc. around the property, house.. This will allow Cleo do what she is bread to do.
-Another problem that it seems you are having is, seperation anxiety.
You will want to make sure you are not over petting her when you are at home, because this will only increase the seperation anxiety. Also, make sure you are not giving big goodbyes too. You may have to dencentisize her to the actions you are doing before you leave the home.
Most the seperation anxiety damage happens within the first 30 minutes that you are gone, so you can give either a frozen kong with a tasty treat inside of it, or a bully stick, or something else that will preoccupy her while you leave and she can get over the inital shock of you leaving..
Start with this, and then write back if you are still running into problems.
so we can start looking into some other solutions, but before we can get there you have to make sure you are correcting some underlying issues that may be happening.
For now I would manage the issue and not let her have access to the kitchen while you are not around..
feel free to contact me if the issue escalates..
Chris Duonola CFDT
Westchester, New York