Strange Dog Behavior
Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:43 PM
He doesn't just stop either. I have to scold him and he will finally stop.
A few days ago he was smelling the sidewalk in front of our house, on a leash and he got very scared. Tail tucked and he would try to bolt form the area. He would go back and stretch his head to smell the area without getting to close. This is when the looking up in the sky and growling thing started.
My other dog isn't doing a thing. Just acting like her normal lazy self. I'm not sure whats causing this but its very frustrating.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:01 PM
Wanna try a test? Dab a tiny bit of Vicks Vap-o-rub on his nose, wait about 5min and then go for a walk and see if he reacts at any of the places he previously sniffed and got scared.
It won't tell you what he's scared of but it could show you that is it something olfactory in his environment that he is reacting to.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:09 PM
Thinking about it I do remember a plane flying over the night we were outside. It was one you could hear faintly but not see.
My oldest son is getting spooked thinking that Zeus is barking at a ghost.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:12 PM
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:39 AM
It could be movement, sound, odor, a combination of two or all three the pets are reacting to.
I wish they could tell us so we could understand. Their vocal and silent body language is difficult for us to interpret at times.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:29 AM
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:08 AM
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:38 AM
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 02:07 PM
I don't generally reprimand mine for barking, because he's pretty good about only barking when he thinks I need to know something. He quiets once I acknowledge him, usually with a good dog. If I don't let him know I hear him, he'll keep going.
Posted 06 August 2012 - 02:46 PM
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:46 PM
If he was previously acting normal and this behavior is new, you might let your vet check him out. Not to scare you, but we did have a dog with a brain tumor that had sudden behavioral changes.
I was thinking along theses lines. Dogs will act weird, like they see/hear something, freak out, urinate, etc.....just before they have a seizure, they can sense SOMETHING is going to happen...but, if your dog hasn't had any seizures?
My neighbor's dog did things like that right before a seizure, that dog had epilepsy.
But, if your dog is healthy, I really don't know.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:25 AM
Our older Lab started this type behaviour and in about 3 months she developed an epileptic seizure.
The Vet found a set of tiny tumors on her brain stem, and while we kept her on a medication, she succumbed about 3 months later. I am not trying to scare you, just relating what has happened to our pet, and now our friends across town have a dog with some of the same symptoms.
See your vet, and relate the symptoms to them. Perhaps they can do a brain and thyroid scan for tiny tumors.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:40 PM
Then the dog stopped.
On their pre-winter fire place check by a Chimney Sweep, he found a couple of bird nests and two dried up chicks that had fallen on the closed damper and died.
They figured out that their dog had been hearing the birds in the chimney. The Chimney Sweep replaced the metal mesh at the cap and the dog was fine.
I've heard of mice climbing in the lath walls of old houses making dogs & cats act crazy. People that lived in an old 1890's Victorian across the street from my brother. "Lost" their ghost when they tented the house for termites.
The house started reeking and people were telling them that they had "Upset the Ghost." Instead of a hidden skeleton, they found dozens of rotting dead mice in the walls. After having foam insulation blown in, no more unexplained noises in the night.