that is what my dad's dog does. We come home and she automatically shows her belly, tail between the legs, then slinks off
the first thing we think when we see her like that is "uh oh"
same with this little furball ><
huskies are "untrainable"?? o_o isn't it just you have to treat them less like a dog (or in pople's cases, BABIES) and more as wild animals (packs)?
LOL Oh yeah, one definitely has to take the pack dynamics into account with Siberians. I once read in a book about the breed that every Siberian needs to know there is an alpha/leader in the house. If the dog doesn't recognize an alpha/leader, (s)he will take the position simply out of necessity--and no one wants that, least of all the Sibe! The breed really is very different than the average dog and has to be handled appropriately. But there is no smarter dog anywhere, and each has his/her own distinct personality. I will never have another breed.
If you're on any dog forums ask about training Siberians. Easily 95% of the responses will be some variation of "they're untrainable." Even my VET said it! I took great pleasure in their shock when I took her in for her annual physical at a year old. The entire staff was stunned and I answered a lot of "how did you do it?" questions.
Anyways, I REALLY want to have him stop this pacing. It's literally making me sick/dizzy watching him go back and forth for hours on end >:( Any time he does that I make him lay next to me, so he'll stop!! D: and it isn't "I need to go outside" pacing, which is different (I figured it out), and it isn't "I'm missing a person in my counts" as Dean left this morning, and Gurgi was in his kennel still... Unless he does it due to tension? I mean most dogs I can roll over onto their backs(or sides if they're more comfortable that way) but he is stiffer than a wood board!
Oh no, never make him roll over on his back. That's a vulnerable position for a dog and especially for a frightened, stressed out dog. Dogs forced into that position believe they are about to be killed or seriously injured--that's why he's so stiff--and are liable to bite out of literal fear for their lives.
Have you tried sitting in the middle of the floor while he's pacing? Sit and talk to him in a calm voice--doesn't matter what you say, it's the tone of your voice that matters--until he comes to you. Scratch him in his favorite place or give him whatever he loves most, praising him in a higher pitched tone (higher pitch=good, lower pitch=bad.) If he goes back to pacing resume talking in the calm voice until he comes to you. Repeat as often as possible, or until he's no longer going back to pacing.
If you can afford to have a licensed dog behavioralist assess him, I'd do it. Many of them will come to your home and give you advice on how to help him with his specific problems.
Talk to your vet about a mild tranquilizer or sedative to use while you're working on his anxiety and other behaviors. In the meantime, you can use 1-2mg of benadryl per pound of body weight as a sedative. I wouldn't use it for long, but in a pinch it works well.
Remember, he isn't doing these things to drive you crazy. It's the only way he knows of to lessen his stress, feel safe, etc.