I will be curious to find out what you end up doing as you solve this hiccup in Han's behavior. Do you think like many other situations you have dealt with Han's or other dogs, you will try one change at a time ?
Things like this, once they are solved, seem to be really enlightening and help us understand our dogs so much better in the long haul.
So, I'd be interested in the methods you used and what ultimately made the major change.
I would be happy to update this thread and let you, and everyone else who jumped in with help and suggestions, know what ultimately solves this bizarre issue.
I have read and/or participated in threads that are never updated and a person is left genuinely concerned about what happened or how something was resolved.
Yes, I will implement only one change at a time.
In all honesty, before I took him for a test run in the Jeep today, I could only correlate his behavior to going to a new groomer. I suppose it was a coincidence, although I don't tend to be a big believer in coincidence.
I had picked him up from his appt. in the Jeep, but he seemed a lot more whiney the rest of the day. Hans doesn't usually whine unless there is a really legit issue-like a sudden attack of diarrhea. I wrote it off as a stressful event.
The next day we left town for work in the new truck and his behavior became increasingly worse. I wondered if he had such a horrible time at the new groomer that he thought every time we went somewhere that I might be taking him back and that it was taking an hour or more for him to realize that we were NOT going back to the groomer. It was the only thing, at that point, I could come up with.
Once I took him for a ride in the Jeep and he was fine, I kind of wrote off the idea of a bad grooming experience as being the cause, but maybe I need to do one more little "test", which involves another ride in the new truck.
I am not sure it is possible to prove anything either way, but I will be curious to see what his next truck ride is like...
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