I have a well trained 8 year old GSP (Stanley) that is strugging with a new environment. For the past 4 years he had a 1/2 acre fenced yard and was as happy as could be. We recently moved and no longer have a good yard for him. We have a small 20x20 fenced area and a nice coverd porch for him during the day (im full time and my wife is part time). Recently he has been acting nervous and almost refusing to go outside for the day. He has also escaped twice, but that problem is solved. The neighbors are reporting that he is causing quite a rucus all day long.
We are looking for any help we can to get Stanley comfortable in his new environment!
I think you are probably right about separation anxiety. He was a pretty aloof dog as a youngster when it came to people, but recently he has become more of a family dog. Any thoughts on how to help with that?
We do have a place for him to run in the evening. I will admit that since our move I have probably not been putting in enough exercise time. We'll see if that helps.
The crate brings up another problem we just ran into. We have a crate and he was crated from a pup up until about 4 yo. Since that time he has been rarely crated. We tried to crate him recently and it was a disaster. He acutally bent the door of the crate to get out. This being a plastic crate with a fairly heavy duty door!
We may have to go back to step one with the crate unless there are any great ideas to re-crate train.