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lyssa62 12-05-2013 09:40 AM

Sleep habits way off kilter...
Roxy will be 11 months the end of this month. She's been sleeping in her kennel at night ever since she came home. For the last 3 months at least she's been sleeping all night. I sleep on the couch (due to back problems) next to her kennel ...this little arrangement has worked out well for both of us.

2 nights ago ..she was howling ...barking ..whining ...that escalated to digging at the bottom of her kennel...rattling the bars with her teeth. I took her out 2 times thinking it was a bathroom thing...nope all she wanted to do outside was play.
I also thought maybe it was because the one time due to all the schedules in the house she did NOT get her scheduled run time ..and maybe that messed her up. Well that theory was blown out the window last night..because even after 2 run times to make up for the missed one we had a repeat performance.
I'm at a loss here as to what can be going on. I am not comfortable leaving her out of the kennel to sleep and I am thinking that's what she's getting at. The only other option I can think of is let her sleep out in the confined kitchen area...that's where she is most of the day when she's not out with somebody playing.

any suggestions? is this another age thing? I have read in one of the books I have they take on these strange behaviors when they are getting ready to hit that one year old mark. I NEED SLEEP. I went to the office on exactly 1/2 hour of sleep yesterday. The pattern started at 11:30 and didn't stop until 7:00..when I got up for work.


Lilie 12-05-2013 09:51 AM

Is she in heat?

lyssa62 12-05-2013 09:54 AM

LOL she better not be or me and a vet are gonna have a chat :)

this is just so not like her. I know she's messed up a little bit..our office was open for a couple weeks this year for advance loans and so I worked a bit...but I wouldn't think that would have messed her up this much..and I've been doing that for almost 3 weeks now and this just happened the last 2 nights.

I know she is wanting to be out. But I hate to give into that. She's only in the kennel at night and during the day if there will be nobody here and then that's for maybe an hour TOPS and rarely happens.

SummerGSDLover 12-05-2013 02:54 PM

Can you trust her out of the kennel at night or will she destroy the house?


Lilie 12-05-2013 03:56 PM

Stepping away any health issues (which could be a root cause of behavioral changes) I'd start looking at environmental changes. What is different for her?

Do you live in a rural area? Do you live in an area where you can hear your neighbors as they come and go? Are you using your heater/fire place (etc) for the first time this year? Are YOU sleeping well? Have you been ill (coughing, sneezing through the night)?

Try to think of anything in her world that has changed recently.

lyssa62 12-05-2013 10:41 PM

I don't think it's health related. I will keep an eye on that and if it continues will def speak with the vet....but she's eating/ playing ..everything normally.
We live outside of town...lots of yard in between us and the neighbors..and they are all quiet.
Heater has been running for a couple of weeks now. I've been sleeping well up until 2 nights ago (ARGH)...
I can't for the life of me think of anything that has changed.

we had puppy class tonight. I'm going to see if she's tired enough to sleep tonight. Maybe I will just need to schedule an activity closer to bedtime to wear her out if this works.

doggiedad 12-05-2013 10:54 PM

maybe an animal in the yard???

brembo 12-05-2013 11:13 PM

My girlfriends dogs did something very similar last year. Went from night-time angels to howling barking jerks in the blink of an eye. Turns out it was two things:

A bear
An owl

Owl hooted, softly enough to not be picked up by human ears and the bear...well if I can smell it I know dang sure a dog can. I fixed the owl situation(waited till the nest was empty and blasted it out of the tree with a shotgun) and fixed the bear situation(built a bear resistant trash shed). Bear did climb into my truck and stole a pizza this year, but otherwise has moved onto better scavenging grounds.

lyssa62 12-06-2013 09:49 AM

we do have all kinds of wildlife out here. It could be anything...BUT here's how this worked yesterday.....

dog class from 7 - 9 ( I stayed after to work with the trainer some one on one) home Roxy took her last outing.....slept until 7am. What I think is that I am going to need to redo our schedule to include a later night run or something..something right before bed.

I LOVED getting sleep last night and I'm sure she did too. She's still worn out and napping.

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