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Why do dogs move blankets around the house?
One summer afternoon, my husband and I decided to spend an afternoon doing chores at my mother-in-law’s house. The weather was so hot that the windows were open and the cool breeze was drifting in. Our friend and the mother-in-law, were both relaxing on the lawn with a blanket, sipping wine, and watching the birds fly around. I took advantage of my coolness and the breeze on the patio and decided to take a nap.
Before taking my nap, I noticed my dog, Bella, running back and forth between the living room and the deck several times. I thought nothing of it, and did not think to ask her why she was acting so strange. That afternoon turned into a long one, and after about 3 hours of me and my husband lounging on the lawn and getting a very nice tan, we packed up to go home.
The next day, Bella was acting all out of whack. She would constantly be in the middle of the living room and the deck. It seemed that she would run to the deck, and then just as quick turn and run to the living room. She was so fidgety that we were unable to do anything.
Later that evening, after my husband and I put Bella in her kennel, she wouldn’t settle. Instead, she would jump, bark, and run around. At first, I thought I should just leave her alone, but then the barking got worse. So, we decided to get some chicken and let her outside. I figured the noise would help her settle down, but it seemed to have just the opposite effect. It seems she was so agitated that she started barking. Eventually, she would get so worked up that she would throw herself against the kennel door, making a racket, and we would have to throw out our back. She did this for about 3 hours. I figured that this was the final straw and that she was just sick. We decided that we had better call the vet.
When we arrived at the vet, we met the vet and his associate. I have to admit, they did not look happy. They looked like they were ready to drop their tools. The first question they asked was if she had had her shots. We explained that she had not. Next, they did a full physical on her, and she was in good health. They said they felt like something was really wrong, and that they just had to do a general exam to rule out all sorts of diseases. They said they did find a tiny pinhole of a tear in one of her eyes. My husband and I asked them how she was going to get over this tear. They said they would prescribe her some pain medication, and if it didn’t help, they would take her to the hospital for a second opinion.
This was great news, but we had to wait for her to be medicated before we could get home. They told us that she would be in so much pain from the pinhole that she might do all of these things that dogs do when they are in pain, such as eat on her back and bark. We thought they had us by the nose.
We started home and I did get her medication, but I waited too long to start, so when I got home I had to give it to her on the spot. The first time she took it, she lay down and ate a bowl of food. Then, she went to her kennel and I heard her barking. I then checked her and she was chewing up her blanket, trying to eat it! I couldn’t believe it.
We put her on the floor and she still wasn’t happy. I was shocked! She was chewing her kennel door. I had hoped that this would ease up a little, but I had forgotten that she was going to be medicated. I tried coaxing her into the garage, thinking that it would keep her from chewing.
She still chewed her kennel door. The meds had helped a little, but it was too late. After she barked one more time at her kennel door, I came into the garage and took a quick look at her. She had eaten her kennel door and two of her toys. My heart sank. Then, I remembered the “wiggly, wiggly” toy. I got her and I guess she thought she was taking me to the bathroom. I guess it was too wiggly. I held it up to her and she put her muzzle on it. I was very concerned because I was afraid she was going to swallow it, or, worse yet, choke. I thought she would feel better if she chewed on something.
It wasn’t easy to get her to give it up, but she did. I put it in the car so she would have something to play with in the backseat. She was doing much better.
When we got home, she ate a little dog food, and she seemed to relax. After I stopped, she gave it another try. When we went out for a drive, she had to be strapped down. It’s amazing what a little time in the car can do for a dog. After just 20 minutes, she was better. I think she has calmed down now.
We had a busy Saturday. We did some shopping, went to the park, and had an appointment for her to get her shots. When she returned home, she ate some food and took a nice long nap. She even ate two of her toys. She ate some treats, and I gave her a bowl of water for the evening. She slept on the couch all night and when we returned from the park, she ate some more. She slept like a log all night.
I am so pleased with my first attempt at training my new puppy! I am looking forward to the next time. I think I will use the peanut butter. I didn’t think of the peanut butter until she started spitting out the dog food. That is a great suggestion.
I am not planning to let my dog off leash when we go walking. The best we have is a collar with a tag, an ID tag, and maybe a leash. I always make sure there is plenty of time for the dog to relieve herself before we start our walk, even if that is on the trail. We walk a few times a week. I don’t really need to train my dog, just show her what to do when it is time to relieve herself.
I have made sure that my dog understands that I am in charge. If I am talking with my friends while walking my dog, she doesn’t listen to their calls for her to pick