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    My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    [I know this is long, but please read it!]

    We have a one-year-old border collie mix named Daisy. Over the past week, I've noticed that she's acting a bit strange, but I can't really put my finger on what is different. She's eating, drinking, peeing, and pooping normally. No diarrhea, vomiting, or sleeping/laying around more than usual. My husband hasn't noticed a change in her at all, so maybe I'm just being paranoid, but she's my baby and I don't want anything to be wrong with her.

    For example, last night I said to my husband, "She's just not being as obnoxious as she usually is. I feel like she hasn't approached me at all since greeting me at the door like she always does." Josh, my husband, said that she was acting fine and it was all in my head. I just feel like I wasn't seeing her as much as usual. She would go play (or attempt to play) with the cat and didn't seem all that interested in playing with us. However, she still ran her laps around the couch and would occasionally come around for some love, so I figured she was okay. This morning, instead of greeting me at the gate in the kitchen where she sleeps, she waited until I spoke to her to get out of her bed. Then, she walked into the living room and just sat down while I made my breakfast instead of running around like she normally does. I threw her ball across the house and she just stared at it. I went and got the ball and, when I turned around, she was there with her tail wagging, so I threw it again. This time, she went for it.

    I'd take her to the vet, but it seems like a weird thing to do because there are no specific symptoms she's showing. My first thought is that she's a bit depressed. The reason I think this is because she's gated in the kitchen all day while we're at work, and that's also where she sleeps at night. She gets her daily walk and interaction with us in the evenings, but I imagine she gets very bored being alone all day with only brief encounters with the cat to keep her occupied. I feel so bad about this, but we have to work. We plan on fencing in our backyard so she can stay out there on nice days, but I think she'll get bored of that small area as well. Additionally, we don't have $2000 for fork out for a fence right now. I don't feel comfortable letting her roam the house all day, because I'm not sure what condition our house will be in once we get home. She's already chewed on a few walls since we got her.

    1.) She's got her food, water, bed, and a few toys in the kitchen with her all day, but is there anything we can get for her that will keep her occupied for awhile? Any particular toys that she won't become bored with after a few minutes?

    2.) Should we consider adopting another dog? It seems odd to get another dog when we don't have a whole lot of time to devote to the one we've got, but maybe she just needs some company? I was thinking we could look for a young (1-2 years old) already housebroken dog that she can play with. I'm sure the cat won't be happy about that, but it's easy for her to go upstairs and be away from the pups.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Is a vet visit necessary or should we spend this weekend giving her extra attention and exercise and see how she acts?

    Daisy - Border Collie mix, 1 year old

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Well... She is probably fine. Keep your eye on her. Mayhaps she is coming down with something or her hips are bothering her. If my dog seems a bit off, I let it go or give him a tablespoon of raw honey. If he gets worse? Vet visit.

    She is fine in the kitchen. Worried she is bored? Fill up puzzle toys with her breakfast.

    Do not adopt a dog for your dog. Adopt a second when YOU (the people) want a second dog.

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabbleFox View Post
    Well... She is probably fine. Keep your eye on her. Mayhaps she is coming down with something or her hips are bothering her. If my dog seems a bit off, I let it go or give him a tablespoon of raw honey. If he gets worse? Vet visit.

    She is fine in the kitchen. Worried she is bored? Fill up puzzle toys with her breakfast.

    Do not adopt a dog for your dog. Adopt a second when YOU (the people) want a second dog.
    That makes me feel better. Thanks! I hope it's not the hips, but I don't think it is. When her hips bother her, she just lays around all day, which she's not doing now.

    Well, I'd have a house full of dogs if I could. I ALWAYS want another one. I was looking through the available pups on our local shelter's website just now, just to see, and I want them all. We are planning on trying to get pregnant at the end of this year and getting thought we'd get a purebred puppy to grow up with the baby, but if we got a dog that's already good with kids, I don't see why it would be a problem. And then there was the issue with not having enough time at home to house train a puppy, but we won't need to if we get a teenager/adult that's already gone through that training. Finally, purebreds are great, but saving a dog from life at the shelter would be so much better, you know?

    My husband is on the fence about it, but he'd fall in love with another dog in no time.

    Daisy - Border Collie mix, 1 year old

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Congratulations on your impending baby!

    I highly suggest you wait on the dog. Raising a dog and a baby at the same time an be... Difficult to say the least.

    That being said, I was ten when Pepper (our purebred australian shepherd) came into my family's life. My youngest sister had only just turned one. My mom managed everyone perfectly fine. But kids and dog and house were her life then.

    We went with a purebred because my mom wanted dependable size and temperament. We went with a puppy because the breeder thought he'd be the best fit for us. There was a female pup and a year old dog available also.

    If you choose to go to a responsible breeder, you may also have the option of an older dog. Either a show wash out (1-3 years) or ex-breeder dog (6 years+). Sometimes people will return their dog or older puppy to the breeder because of something life threw at them. I personally like to skip the potty training and mouthy as all get out stage. I hopped on the year old train no problem, myself.

    The shelter is also a good place to find a dog or puppy too.

    I hope this helps you when the time comes! If you want to go the responsible breeder route, I'd start looking now.

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Dogs adapt. Maybe she is settling into a sedentary life? You could try training her every evening for 10 - 30 min. at the same time. If you have time, 10 min in the morning might help.

    On the other hand, smell inside of both her ears and mouth. If you smell anything sweet, sour, acrid, or yeasty then you may have an infection or infestation. Her breath shouldn't smell, and brushing her teeth may help, if that's an issue. If her breath still smells after 3 days of brushing, that might be a reason to call the vet.

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Keep an eye on her, monitor her appetite-- this happened with my dog, she was a toned down version of her obnonoxious amped up self, appetite dropped over a couple days, and then when I came home from a 12 hr shift at work and she was laying in the exact same spot I left her, breakfast untouched.. I realized something was very wrong- we took her in the next day, and she turned out to have severe pnuemonia....

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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    IMO, any sudden change in behavior may be grounds for a vet visit. Vets understand this. Our furry family members can't tell us verbally if they feel bad or are in pain. Your vet can ask questions about things you may not have thought about, but more likely just put your mind at ease.

    It could be she's growing up and settling down a bit. The puzzle toys are a great idea....that type of dog needs to be stimulated and mentally active. I don't think another dog is the best idea, however. Could have a whole new set of worries then! Have you considered doggie daycare maybe once or twice a week just to break up the weekly routine? I take Bella every Friday....seems to give her something totally awesome to look forward to...LOL She loves it!

    Your girl is sooo beautiful!!





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    Re: My dog is acting strange. What should I do?

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaPup View Post
    IMO, any sudden change in behavior may be grounds for a vet visit. Vets understand this. Our furry family members can't tell us verbally if they feel bad or are in pain. Your vet can ask questions about things you may not have thought about, but more likely just put your mind at ease.

    It could be she's growing up and settling down a bit. The puzzle toys are a great idea....that type of dog needs to be stimulated and mentally active. I don't think another dog is the best idea, however. Could have a whole new set of worries then! Have you considered doggie daycare maybe once or twice a week just to break up the weekly routine? I take Bella every Friday....seems to give her something totally awesome to look forward to...LOL She loves it!

    Your girl is sooo beautiful!!
    We gave her a lot of attention this weekend and took her on some good walks. She acted completely normal all weekend. We ended up getting her a Kong wobble thingie that dispenses her meals. She hasn't quite figured out how to use it, though, so I'm not sure how I can help. We also got her a regular Kong and stuffed it with peanut butter the first night. It took her a minute to catch on, but she got most of it out and was occupied through an entire movie while she did it. Last night I layered peanut butter and wet kibble and froze the Kong overnight. I'm excited to get home and see how much she manages to get out today.

    I'll still keep an eye on her, but I think she's alright; just lonely, perhaps. That's a great idea about the doggie day care! I did some research and found one for only $10/day five minutes from my work. Yay! I emailed them with some questions, but it got great reviews on Google, so I'm thinking we'll put her in one day soon and see how she does. She's nervous around big dogs and all the dogs at the day care roam free in a big backyard, so I'm a little worried about how she's going to react, but she needs more socialization with other dogs.

    And thank you! Yesterday, we were walking her at a park and a woman approached us and said, "Lassie ain't got nothing on you, beautiful!" She's usually a big hit wherever we go.

    Daisy - Border Collie mix, 1 year old

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