New Bad Behavior (DH not helping)
Hey all - sorry this is long but my questions are at the bottom.
Basil (boxer, neutered male, 3 years old) has taken to a new behavior which is causing strife. I will start by saying he is usually very well-behaved, especially with me (I'm the alpha). I'm admitting our own bad behavior here too
So, Basil always wakes my DH in the middle of the night to go potty, always has. I don't normally get up b/c I would have taught the dog to hold it (barring any emergency). In the past, Basil has always gone outside off leash (we have a mostly fenced yard in the country), done his business, and come right back in. DH doesn't get it but there are other dogs, shotguns, furry and not-so-furry woodland creatures, and nasty stuff he could get in to.
But, the past three nights, he's taken to running off and being gone for 20-40 minutes. I didn't know the first night it happened but DH left the back door open then feel asleep on the couch (grr). But these past two nights, I've had to go out searching for him. I call and whistle but he's returning slowly.
I told DH to put him on leash and walk him around the yard if Basil was doing this. Basil will quickly figure it out and the behavior will go away but DH doesn't want to (grrr). I suggested DH show Basil yummy treats, tell him to "go potty" (yes, he knows the command) then give the treat. I think it would stop him from running off.
Anyway...what do you think could be cause of this change in behavior? I figure there's something good to eat or some female good to "do", although his whats-its were removed at 4 months old.
Any tips on how we can correct it? Am I in line with the leash idea? It's a pain but its just not safe for him to run around outside.
Basil Hayden, handsome brindle boy born 8/1/2003
Jenny, My sweet border collie mix rescued 7/11/2005