My mom says he can come inside- when he is clean (he is ATROCIOUSLY FILTHY ) and we have an indoor matt for him. I will ask her to get him to the groomers as soon as possible, or if that is not soon enough for me, we have warm water, a trough, and doggy soap That might require a warm day though... or a long walk afterwards to air dry , perhaps a towel, too.emmabeth wrote:He is scared of the gunshots and he wants to come indoors where he might feel safer - so yeah, slapping his nose won't help him not be scared of gunshots.
I realise this IS really really difficult for you as it isn't up to you where he lives/stays most of the time, but would it not be possible to have him as an indoor dog, maybe crated if you are out and only allowed into certain rooms?
Alternatively, whenever you are home and there are gunshots going off - go out and give him a reward for every single gunshot - so that in the end gunshot = treats. When he starts to get the idea that gunshot = reward you can try giving him really easy Kong toys with something good to lick in there, or a big meaty bone, or a box stuffed with good stuff that takes longer to do.
She is okay with me having him in the kitchen/dining room area since the kitchen is wood floor and I usually draw/sit at the computer in the dining room so he would be able to lie down at my feet on his bed and there are certain rooms he can't enter due to knick-knacks at whack-whack-whack-tail level. But that is easily manable. If nothing else, he can be in the den (cats forbid ), kitchen, and dining room, and possibly the stone area leading to the front door. So about half the house, basically. Now I just need a good bath day!