We rescued a 1yo female dog about 6 weeks ago. She had lots to learn (leash walking, crating, housetraining, separating peacefully), but above all else, she has been CALM.
Until this past weekend. For the past 3 days she has been FRANTIC. Not jumping on us kind of frantic, but following me around the house, constatnly under foot, never settling, never resting peacefully during day -- which she has always done.
A few changes have occurred:
Friday morning we rid ourselves of one area rug which we discovered she had peed on much more recently than we had thought.
Also on Friday her favorite bean bag chair split open and was leaking horrible toxic styrofoam pellets all over the house, so it is gone. (replaced by another bean bag chair which she had been sleeping on in another room)
And over the weekend dh taught her to heel, with a good bit of success with just a constant stream of treats on our walks.
Does a dog learning to heel suddenly try to heel all the time? In constant search of treats?
Or could removal of her bed be this upsetting to her? She'd been sleeping on it for maybe 3 weeks. And her crates have not changed.
Or removal of her pee-scented rug?
Or should I be watching for something else, like an illness? As I type this, she is barking in her crate, well past her bedtime, even tho dh and dcs are in the bedroom with her. She has NEVER barked at us from her crate while we were home, and NEVER barked after going to bed for the night.
You know, with my dcs, I can look for all kinds of triggers for new behaviors. But she's a DOG, and I don't know dogs all that well. So if you have some wisdom about sudden personality shifts in canines, please share!
Thx a bunch!