|09-03-2013 02:03 PM|
|JackandMattie||That's a fantastic update! Thank you for sharing|
|09-03-2013 01:58 PM|
Indi is still coming into the house and checking on her humans twice a night. She has stopped waking us, but comes close enough to listen to us breath. When she is satisfied that everybody is well she goes back to her regular patrol in the yard. We have not been training her to patrol it appears to have been passed from the Golden to her or she is doing it spontaneously. She does not bark at just anything and when she uses her big dog voice I usually get up to see what she is concerned about. Usually it is a fox or a raccoon outside of the fence. They have learned through the years that coming into the fence is a way bad idea and that if a dog catches them it is fair game to be eaten. Even the squirrels stay outside of the fenced area. She has settled down on her inside patrols and is perfectly satisfied to sit beside the bed and listen to our sounds. As long as I am not gurgling she does not wake me up, If my lungs are full and I am struggling to breath she wakes me up enough to make sure I am OK and then she settles down and goes back out. I don't want to discourage her so I will continue to allow her to do this until it becomes an issue, right now I don't forsee it ever becoming any more than a cute little quirk that I am actually glad she is doing due to my health issues and lung problems anyway. So life is still good with Indi and the rest of the pack here in the country.
|08-27-2013 11:31 PM|
|Castlemaid||She might feel more settled if crated at night. Also, I'd up her exercise to help her sleep well.|
|08-27-2013 10:04 PM|
Such focus! She sounds like an incredible girl. I really shouldn't be chiming in, because I have no experience with your situation, but if she were mine... I would discourage the midnite checkins.
I just play possum when mine try to rouse me before I'm ready With Jack, if he alerts, which is rare when I'm sleeping, I will listen for a few seconds, then say quietly "Good boy. De nada..." And never move a muscle. I fall back asleep, and he continues his rounds It has become less frequent over time.
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|08-27-2013 09:14 PM|
When we first brought her home from the foundation she was extremely opposed to coming into the house and remained at the back of the yard as far away as she could get. Gradually she is getting more comfortable with being in the house, but still prefers to be outside 99% of the time. If we make her stay inside she starts to pace, whine and click her teeth until we let her out. Originally she would not settle down inside at all, but since I invited her to sit next to me on the couch she will settle and lay down for up to 2 hours. When she is ready to go out she makes sure that everybody understands that she wants out. She has good manners and will got to the back door and sit patiently while you are opening the dog door and doesn't just bolt once it is open so she keeps her manners, but she paces and whines until someone gets up to open the door. My wife said it is almost like she is patrolling in reverse. She comes in and makes sure the family is all OK, then once she is satisfied of that she goes back out and patrols the yard. She has a path worn that takes her around the yard in the shortest possible length while she can see the entire yard (which is just about 2 acres and is a grass meadow and some light scrub oak trees and bushes in one corner. She came in last night at about 12:30 and again about 2:30 and once everybody spoke and asked her what she was doing she went back out and that was that. I think she is just making sure her people are all OK, and once she sees that she goes back to her patrol outside. It's weird because I have had dogs that did the exact same thing, but stayed inside and went out to patrol but came back in when they were satisfied the yard was still safe. I don't want to discourage her from coming in the house voluntarily so I am not going to force her to stay inside or outside, I'm just trying to get a handle on what she is doing and help her get over this hump too.
|08-27-2013 07:39 PM|
|kiya||In my house bedtime is bedtime. She seems to have free run of the place. So bring her in at night.|
|08-27-2013 07:27 PM|
Night time antics.
My 2 YO spayed Female has decided that we do not need to sleep. She really prefers to be outside and will whine and pace if she is in the house longer than she wants to be until we let her out. Lately she has taken to coming into the house in the middle of the night whining and making a lot of noise until she wakes each of us up in turn and we speak to her. Once we both have spoken to her she goes back out and continues to patrol the back yard. I have gone out the first few times she has done this with a million candle power spot light and checked the yard for possums and raccoon and there has been neither. She just comes in whines and licks your face till you wake up and speak, then she moves to momma and does the same thing. She is averaging doing this two times a night and sometimes she does it three. At first I thought it was cute, especially since she is so driven to be strictly an outside type of dog. We invite her in every day and spend a great deal of time working on getting her comfortable with being inside and hearing the common house noises. Once she is satisfied and everybody has spoken to her she is happy and quiets down and returns outside just like nothing happened. Anybody have any idea what this behavior is for or what she is doing? I do not have to worry about getting up to go to a job, but it is starting to wear on momma who does have to get up and go to work in the mornings though. Ideas and suggestions please.