We had hoped for an inside dog, but that hope was long gone. She was too excitable. I tried the usual discipline methods, but this dog didn’t care. She took the correction with joyous abandon. We put her in the yard on a chain which would hold her for about a week, and then “Hoodini” (one of many nick names) found her freedom. She ate through heavy duty airline cable wires galore. She was a digger, and no fence would hold her. We finally went to a feed store and bought truck pull chain by the foot. We got a swivel snap for both ends from Valley Vet to keep it from knotting up. Wild thing was finally confined to the yard, but now I had to find a way to calm her down....especially at night. The neighbors did not want to hear barking all night. Neither did we. The sonic bark inhibitor didn’t work, and we were running out of options.
On a desperate whim, we took a wire cage door off of a kennel and fitted it on the front of the dog house. Now we could kennel her at night. But it needed something else. A covered door - one that would keep her from seeing out at the scary world to bark at, and one that could filter all the smells coming in. We hung a solid rug on the front. It worked! The barking improved by 95%! Of course, we kennel her last thing at night and open it up first thing in the a.m., but she has her blanket in there and feels safe, so the barking is over. It actually keeps her warmer in the winter, and we use a lighter cover over her door in the summer. Her house is large enough for water as well, so she stays pretty satisfied.
Wild thing Dottie Hoodini is a unique dog, and needed her own unique way to calm down and sleep. Even an indoor dog can be kenneled with her security toys and blanket, but may need a dark sheet or blanket thrown over her “safe house” so that she doesn’t see the lightning or hear the storm so loudly. Somehow that worked for us - I hope it can settle your “wild thing” too! Ellen