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Postby dmchoover » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:44 am

I have a 2 year old british american lab mix. Lately she has seemed so skiddish around us. She is calm and cool and the next minute driving around under furniture and the table. She wont even sleep in bed with us anymore. She drives under the bed. I dont know if she is in pain, she doesnt appear to be when I examine her. Any ideas on what could be wrong??
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Postby Dobestud » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:32 am

Hello dmchoover, welcome to seeFIDO.

How sudden has this change occured? Was it a progressive change or almost an overnight change? A trip to you vet may be in order if it was quite sudden.

Has anything changed in her environment? New people, things, animals? How about her routine?
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Postby meezermom » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:48 pm

Couple of things, she should NOT be sleeping in your bed!!! It is not her place, it is yours. Maybe it is bothering her. Take her along to a pet store and have her help pick out a bed for herself that you can place next to your bed or at the foot of your bed. That may make her a lot happier. Your bed is for the alpha and that is you, not her. She is also now coming into her adult years and so a lot of crazy behavior isn't really abnormal. She may need a lot more exercise and labs especially are really one of the breeds that do not get enough. Try and give her at least two long walks as well as a good fetching time. Don't hesitate to add a training session or two in there either. Dobe is right, if this came on suddenly, a vet trip is necessary. Something could be wrong and needs to be checked out. If all is okay, do some serious thinking and see if you can come up with something that might have triggered the behavior too.....
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Postby HeatherMack » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:38 pm

How do you react to her when she's acting nervous? Try to refrain from trying to reassure her in a human way. It's best to ignore fearful behaviour, act like everything's normal. Don't follow her around asking if she's okay or cuddle her telling her what a good girl she is, or else you're inadvertantly nurturing the fear. Just stay confident, calm and positive around her at all times. That will reassure her everything's okay better than any mollycoddling.

Did something happen that's given her a fright or a shock? Has there been a change in her routine or environment lately? There could be any number of reasons for her behaviour, a noisy neighbour, a strange animal hanging around your home, something could have hit your window while you were out, one of you could have accidentally kicked her in your sleep, who knows? If the change was very sudden, I'd take her to a vet for a check up just to be certain there's nothing physically wrong. Then I'd work on getting her confidence back up again, with positive reinforcements and plenty of exercise and bonding/training sessions with her humans.

Good luck, hope she's feeling more herself very soon.
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