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dangerranger 05-26-2014 04:40 PM

Spooked GSD all of a sudden
Our 15 month old GSD has suddenly started acting strange. He does not want to go outside - he quickly does his business and runs back in. He has always loved the yard and fence plays with the other surrounding dogs. He keeps sniffing the air like there is something going on. We have asked our neighbors and they say they haven't used any chemicals. Any suggestions and/or help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Twyla 05-26-2014 07:17 PM

Has something happened with/to your pup while outside? Wildlife in the area? Storms? Common for earthquakes in your region?

Have you done a full patrol of the yard? Anything suspicious? Snakes common in the area?

llombardo 05-26-2014 07:33 PM

My oldest female non GSD did this when a coyote was in the yard. She refused to go out there, I had to take her out in the front. It lasted for about a week and she was fine after that. I just tried every day to see what she would do, if we were in front and I tried going to the back she wouldn't budge. I knew she was ready when she stopped pulling away. She also did this when a hot air balloon low enough to touch the roof came by and while the idiots were talking to her the gas released. She broke off her tie out on that one and then ran inside to the window to make sure it was gone. No backyard for her for about three days that time.

SuperG 05-26-2014 08:10 PM

Are you outside in the yard with your 15 month old GSD ????...honest question...


dangerranger 05-26-2014 08:17 PM

Thanks for your concern...yes, we are out there with him - also with our two other dogs who seem to be unaffected by whatever is going on.

dangerranger 05-26-2014 08:20 PM

Thanks - we have done a patrol of the yard many times. We can not find anything that would cause Ranger distress. Our two two dogs - non GSD are not affected at all - it is very puzzling to us.

SuperG 05-26-2014 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by dangerranger (Post 5567482)
Thanks for your concern...yes, we are out there with him - also with our two other dogs who seem to be unaffected by whatever is going on. does the dog get back in the house if you are out in the yard with him?...honest question again ....


Chip18 05-26-2014 09:23 PM

Ears go back if he is scared of something, Ears go forward he sniffs and looks if he is looking for or senses something.

I saw it one night on a walk with Rocky. He stopped, ears pointed forward, sniffed the air and turned around??? I looked and could not see or hear anything in the darkness but I turned and followed him!

Don't know what it was about but I had never seen him do that before. No idea if it's the case with your guy but he very well may sense something??

Twyla 05-26-2014 10:40 PM

Just adding more questions lol

Natural gas or propane used in your area?

Where are you located?

dangerranger 05-27-2014 06:10 AM

Good morning - Thanks again for your concern. we have several people living in our household. We also have two other non GSD dogs - someone is always out in the yard with them. they come back in the house with us. This morning, Ranger appears better but as the day progresses, we will see. My son is home with the dogs ALL day.

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