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Old 10-09-2018, 05:19 PM
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We’ve had our dog, Jill, since she was 3 years old. She was a rescue. She is very happy and easy-going and is rarely stressed. She is now 8, and about two weeks ago, she started acting scared between 430-630 each evening. She shakes, she pants heavily, she tries to crawl in laps. After an hour, she’s fine. It’s so bizarre. There are no thunder storms, and nothing else seems to trigger it. Has anyone else heard of this? She’s a Brittany spaniel.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:17 PM
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Did any delivery people come to your home around that time in the past few weeks? Was there any high winds or storms about two weeks ago? What about guests to your home? Workmen? Loud kids? Barking dogs go past your home?

I am betting something happened one time and now she is spooked around that time, as if anticipating something "creepy" to happen. Sometimes it only takes one event to trigger ongoing fear. Not uncommon at all in our dog world.

If it was me and my Gracie dog, who gets spooked at random stuff, I would get some super yummy food that your dog loves, and around that time maybe do some easy tricks with your dog to earn the food. If that is too hard for your dog, just talk all happy at the beginning of that time frame--- and shower her with tons of tiny food bites. Maybe make a scavenger or treasure hunt on the floor so she can get distracted by sniffing and finding the treats. Make sure the food is extra delicious, like steak, cheese, chicken etc---no dry treats for this situation.

If you do this, I bet in a week she will be over it.

One time, my Gracie refused to get in my car one night after years of no problem jumping in. I suspect something spooked her one night as I put her in there and then went back to my shop to set the alarms. I was only gone a few moments, but something must have happened. She looked so pathetic and sad as she looked at me with those beautiful soulful eyes, pleading with me to understand that there was something really, really spooky going on.

So, I got out the yummy chicken and meat bites and gave her tons of them to get in the car and kept giving them to her in the car. And I talked calmly to her, reassuring her that we are all ok now. I did this routine for about 5 days...and then never a problem again.

Who knows what spooked my Gracie?? Maybe a loud ambulance going by? Or a tired popped? Electrical pop? Loud dogs barking at her near our car? Drunk man screaming near our car? Something.... very creepy to her.

Good luck and maybe try this routine and see if it helps your dog like it helps my sweet Gracie.
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Sometimes it is a sound the dog can hear but you can't. I recently got a new stove. It has a convection oven and every time I turn it on, two of my little dogs start to shiver and shake like they do when they hear thunder. They have never been scared by fans so there must be a high pitched sound to the oven that they can hear but I can't.

Is there something that you do around that time when they get scared or something going on outside at that time?
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Yup, I agree with @Kyllobernese about sounds.

A few nights ago, Puma pup started barking loudly and desparately wanting to go outside near our shed/fence. She was really heightened. We were perplexed at first.

We came to the conclusion that she was probably reacting to the sounds of the zillion acorns falling from the trees and hitting our shed/fence/ground. It was pretty loud and continual dropping. This was all new to her as this is her first ''fall" season. I say that lightly as it is still 90 degrees here most days lately in fall

My other half went outside with her, acknowledged her anxiety about the sound and talked with her about it, reassuring her that we were all good. Thankfully she got over it quickly and so far it has been a nonissue ever since.

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