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Sp00ks 02-28-2014 11:23 AM

Interesting behavior last night. Thoughts?
 
I just thought I would get some thoughts on the behavior I experienced last evening. I think it was simply due to a break in routine.

Pup is 16 weeks to the day. He sleeps in a crate beside our bed. He usually squeaks a little until he gets comfortable, let's out a big grown and we don't hear anything else from him after that. No more than a couple of minute duration.

We have been trying to teach "go to bed" and he has been doing well. The past two nights when I have told him "go to bed" he came flying from the other side of the room, crated so fast he hit the back of the crate. I'm thinking we are on to something.

My wife has been sick with a sinus infection. Last night she got up and left the living room about 8:30pm and didn't say anything. Odd, I went back to the bedroom to check on her and she said she just needed to lay down, didn't feel well. She turned the TV on and and the pup was laying on the floor on her side of the bed. I finished up dishes, locked down the house, and joined her to watch tv at 9:00-9:30.

We usually go to bed around 10:00-10:30 and typically have to wake the pup up to go potty and go to bed. He crates on his own. Last night I crated him about 9:30 and he acted similar to the first couple of nights he was ever crated. Crying, almost howling. I let him settle, then got up and took him out even though he had been out 15-20 mins prior. "Maybe he has to poop?". He did a very little pee, wouldn't poop. Went back in and crated him again, same reaction from him. He finally settled in around 5-10 mins. I had to walk him to the crate, I didn't have to force him in but we wasn't volunteering this time.

I am curious to see how he acts tonight. I have been trying to think of anything that has changed other than last nights schedule and the only thing I can think of is we removed toys from the crate about 4 days ago. I have noticed some hassling but I don't think it's any form of anxiety. So I make sure I don't have anything covering the crates ventilation. Including this morning, he doesn't bolt out of the crate when I open it. I have to tell him to come before he exits. He also has a pad in the bottom of the crate but he doesn't bunch it up, I straighten it out once, maybe twice a week.

Sorry for the ramble. I was just trying to think of everything. Tonight should tell if he just had a bad night or something else is going on.

Sunflowers 02-28-2014 11:40 AM

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I wouldn't be surprised if he felt the need to stay by your wife because she was sick.

When I was sick, Hans was by my bed and refused to leave my side no matter what was going on in the house.

SuperG 02-28-2014 11:40 AM

Sp00ks,

Just shooting from the hip...

"She turned the TV on and and the pup was laying on the floor on her side of the bed."

Was the pup able to access the crate if he wanted...door open?

If so, maybe the dog chose this place on the floor on her side of the bed as a preference over the crate?? Maybe the dog sensed your wife's ailing and chose to stay near exhibiting a bit of a protecting mentality??

Perhaps, the dog's vocalizations and odd behavior is simply saying he'd rather sleep on the floor on your wife's side of the bed?? All guesses of course.

Have you ever left the crate door open at night with the bedroom door closed and seen where he prefers to sleep?

I've never done the crate thing with any of my dogs so I cannot speak with any experience on the behavior my dog's have demonstrated with any commonality to yours in this particular regard.

SuperG

Sp00ks 02-28-2014 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Sunflowers (Post 5109586)
I wouldn't be surprised if he felt the need to stay by your wife because she was sick.

When I was sick, Hans was by my bed and refused to leave my side no matter what was going on in the house.

Entirely possible.

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Originally Posted by SuperG (Post 5109602)
Sp00ks,

Just shooting from the hip...

"She turned the TV on and and the pup was laying on the floor on her side of the bed."

Was the pup able to access the crate if he wanted...door open?

If so, maybe the dog chose this place on the floor on her side of the bed as a preference over the crate?? Maybe the dog sensed your wife's ailing and chose to stay near exhibiting a bit of a protecting mentality??

Perhaps, the dog's vocalizations and odd behavior is simply saying he'd rather sleep on the floor on your wife's side of the bed?? All guesses of course.

Have you ever left the crate door open at night with the bedroom door closed and seen where he prefers to sleep?

I've never done the crate thing with any of my dogs so I cannot speak with any experience on the behavior my dog's have demonstrated with any commonality to yours in this particular regard.

SuperG

I have never left the crate door open at night. We have always crated the pups until they were older. Keeps them out of trouble. We have witnessed him going into the crate on his own on occasion putting toys in there, taking toys out, laying down, etc. He seems to know it's his crate/bed. I suspect if I left the crate open at night he would likely lay on the floor by the door to make sure we didn't escape with out him knowing ;)

I have sleep issues and if I wake up, I have a heck of a time going back to sleep, if I'm able to at all. I don't want him deciding it's play time at 2am.

My wife and I did discuss the fact that we will likely graduate him from the crate younger than most of our other dogs. Simply his size alone (16 weeks, 45 lbs).... And the fact he is a "wicked awesome" pup. (sorry, I have been talking to people from Boston this week). He has yet to damage anything other than a couple dog toys.

SuperG 02-28-2014 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Sp00ks (Post 5109690)
Entirely possible.



I have never left the crate door open at night. We have always crated the pups until they were older. Keeps them out of trouble. We have witnessed him going into the crate on his own on occasion putting toys in there, taking toys out, laying down, etc. He seems to know it's his crate/bed. I suspect if I left the crate open at night he would likely lay on the floor by the door to make sure we didn't escape with out him knowing ;)

I have sleep issues and if I wake up, I have a heck of a time going back to sleep, if I'm able to at all. I don't want him deciding it's play time at 2am.

My wife and I did discuss the fact that we will likely graduate him from the crate younger than most of our other dogs. Simply his size alone (16 weeks, 45 lbs).... And the fact he is a "wicked awesome" pup. (sorry, I have been talking to people from Boston this week). He has yet to damage anything other than a couple dog toys.

Well, I'm sure it won't be any kind of a wicked pissah of a problem.

SuperG

Sp00ks 03-01-2014 09:14 AM

Update: Last night he was still reluctant to go in his crate. However, once I got him close he went right in on his own.

I suspect at this point he was acting this way because my wife was sick. He seems pretty normal this morning.

Interesting..........

Sunflowers 03-01-2014 09:31 AM

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Yep. They are really good at figuring out if there is something wrong with us. :wub:

misslesleedavis1 03-01-2014 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Sp00ks (Post 5115482)
Update: Last night he was still reluctant to go in his crate. However, once I got him close he went right in on his own.

I suspect at this point he was acting this way because my wife was sick. He seems pretty normal this morning.

Interesting..........


I was reading the post and thought the same thing, maybe he senses something is up with his mom,


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Sp00ks 03-01-2014 09:40 AM

I suppose I just didn't expect this from a 16 week old pup. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for.

Sunflowers 03-01-2014 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Sp00ks (Post 5115586)
I suppose I just didn't expect this from a 16 week old pup. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for.

When we are sick we don't smell normal, and also, our behavior changes. Their normally confident and energetic owner becomes weak and lethargic, and this unsettles them.


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