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01 Feb 2004

My staffie is 3½ jaar oud. Wanneer ons bedags by die werk is is uitgesluit uit die huis maar na werk is die huis basies syne ook en hy slaap ook by ons in die kamer in sy mandjie.Pogings om hom in 'n ander plek te laat slaap het sover misluk.Ons het hom op agt weke gekry en ons poging om hom toe buite laat slaap het na een en halwe maand end gekry na min slaap.Klokslag vanaf drie-uur die oggend het hy begin "moan " en opspring by die kamervenster. Raas met hom het nie gewerk nie.Die laaste maand van ignoreer ook nie.

As ons saans van die werk af kom is hy uit sy vel van blydskap en elke slag ook so as bekendes kom kuier. Ek kry egter skaam want hy kry 'n ereksie en as iemand dan aandag aan hom gee is die hele plek vol strepe soos hy piepie terwyl hy op en af hardloop. My vriende weet al hulle moet hom ignoreer en dit help darem vir die piepie maar nie die ereksie nie. Om hom uit te sluit as daar mense kom is ook nie 'n oplossing nie want hy bly sulke fyn tjank-geluidjies maak en teen die deure opspring.
Ek is ook bang sy hart sal nog gaan staan want as hy so opgewonde is is sy bek eintlik bleek binne-in. As hy afgekoel het (±5min)is dit dadelik waterbak toe en dan drink hy nogal baie water.
Is daar nog raad ?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Bea
I'm sorry my Afrikaans is not very good so I'll answer in English. This is not the first time I have come across this behaviour, though it is relatively unusual. The other one was also a staffordshire. They can be very sensitive and excitable dogs and it's important that you handle things correctly so that he calms down, for your sake as well as his. Don't worry about the erection, it's just excitement, although if he was neutered this behaviour may diminish. Is there any reason why he can't sleep in your bedroom? If you really want him to sleep somewhere else I suggest you try the kitchen first, before you leave him outside (in a kennel, I presume) . For the first few nights give him some Rescue Remedy (drops from the chemist - give the same as for a human) leave a radio playing softly and give him something like a cowhoof to chew when you go to bed. Close him in so he can't get out and wear earplugs, ignoring him completely. If this doesn't work after a week then you may have to give up and let him into the bedroom. When you or visitors arrive it's important to ignore him for the first few minutes so he learns that this is a boring thing. Once he is calm then greet him calmly by going down to his level and touching him slowly - try not to use a high pitched voice, direct eye contact or play with him at this stage. If he urinates this is a sign of excitement and submission so don't reprimand him or punish him, but ignore it completely. Greet him outside if possible and build his confidence and calm behaviour by being calm yourself. You can use calming signals like yawning, turning your head away from him, walking in large circles or sitting with your arms relaxed. Only give him attention when he is calm and he'll soon learn to calm down quickly. If this doesn't work you may have to call in an animal behaviourist.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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