Rescue Nervous/Excited With Loud Noises/Voices, Pees And Paces
I have an older Aussie that I loved so much that I decided to get another through a rescue. The rescue Aussie is younger and having some anxiety issues especially with loud noises or voices. My husband and I are pretty quiet people, but sometimes our guests and family visit who are louder.
Any time anyone raises their voice, my rescue Aussie freaks out by pacing and running through the house, sometimes barking and peeing a trail as he goes. My older Aussie is quiet and doesn't do this. He gets lots of exercise (a mile walk and 1-2 20 min sessions of fetch or Frisbee every day, plus training commands every other day, lots of toys and chews around the house, and he plays with my older Aussie).
I've tried redirecting him with training commands, taking him out for more exercise, firm "no", a spray bottle (his response to that is to pee, then start running again), and even a time out in a quiet room. I'm trying to desensitize him, but there's been little progress with that. Suggestions?