I am looking for some advice. I will try to make this short with detail(if thats ever possible).
I have been fostering a 1 1/2 yr old recently neuter male, ( feel free to check him out at http://www.fortheloveofpits.org
, you can see my son as well) Petey is the dog.
He is very well behaved, sweet, mannered we adore him. He adjusted to our family quite quickly. He has been w/ us since 7-11-06. Problem started about 3-4 weeks ago.
Our problem: Petey becomes so completey obsessed with light reflections. Regardless if they are the sun shining through the blinds or car lights passing by at night. He stares at the "target", if you will, and wiggles his whole body so that I believe it may snap. He has begun to "cry" and "whimper when trying to "get" it.
I try to plan our evenings around the sunset as to avoid this problem, I have even crated him. He will still just completely focus on the reflection and stare at it and eventually cry, not laying down ever. I have put a kong in there with him as well as other yummy dried animal parts. He wants nothing to do with them!
It has gotten to the point where he has chewed a golf ball sized hole into my wall in a matter of a few minutes, he fortunately didn't eat too much drywall, at least i am hoping, he left the mess for me to clean up.
I do try to desensitize him and it will work for a few minutes until he catches another glimpse of light, then he is off again and we start all over.
I just feel as though I am getting nowhere. I tell him "No Petey" "Come" and he hesitantly strolls over to me (still checking back to see if the light is there) and it will last a few minutes until he catches a glimpse flashing by again. Then he is off.
Any ideas as to why he does this puzzling behavior?
Can I try something else to defer him from eating my walls, maybe more effective than what I have been doing? I do practice NILIF even when I refill his water bowl.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.!!
~~*Dogs cannot sin! that is a "privlege" exclusive only to humans. ~~*Your dog is the ONLY thing on earth that Loves YOU more than they love themselves! ~~*