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Old 02-04-2019, 08:11 PM
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Anxiety?

My dog Wyatt is about 3 years old, and ever since yesterday he has been super clingy, follows me everywhere, wont lay down, just sits next to me and goes where I go, he only seems to relax and sleep at night in bed. He isn’t normally like this. He seems almost anxious but I don’t know why, nothing has changed. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:54 PM
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Odd, huh? Does sound like anxiety to me. The mystery begins...

Did he hear any weird noise lately? Another dog move in behind your house? Weird animal sounds outside? New neighbors? Fence creaking? Strong winds? Thunder? EMS/ fire truck go by your house or near you guys?

New appliances like washing machine or dryer? New car?

What about visitors? Had any human or doggie visitors lately?

New neighbor move in?

Bath, medicine lately?

Stress in your home between family members?

Yelling or loud voices? Sometimes my sig other and I are talking passionately about a topic (not stressful) or playing around/bantering and my lil Sparky gets that worried look bc we are being a bit loud or silly.

Could he be physically in pain or not feeling well? Maybe gently touch him in different parts of his body including teeth/mouth, ears etc and see if he is sensitive to your touch.

Is he eating ok? Any appetite change? Poop looks ok? Peeing ok?

Ok that's all I can think of for now. Please keep us updated. I hope you figure it out soon!
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:59 AM
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Sometimes, dogs are simply clingy because we allow them to be, by giving them a little too much attention. ... You can train your dog to go to their bed or crate when they're getting underfoot. If you ignore excessively clingy behaviors, such as your dog whining or pawing at you for attention, eventually, they will stop.
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Obviously you don't have to answer this on the public forum, but think about it for yourself. Is your health ok? Are you going through any unusual stress or medical issues now or recently? Any changes?
Dogs can smell much better than we can and can interpret and perceive changes in body chemistry and facial expressions.

I read about a dog who literally saved her owner's life. Owner was pregnant, dog got very clingy and kept staring at her and frantic. Owner went to doctor a couple of times for back pain which had started when the dog started these behaviors, I think it was an Akita, and doctors brushed her off saying back pain was normal for pregnancy.
It worsened, and dog got frantic and clingy and owner got freaked out more from the dog than the pain and went to ER. Felt silly but doctor did a blood test, and admitted her to ICU. She was close to death from a severe raging kidney infection. Literally would have died within a couple of hours.

Had it for months with back pain as the only symptom, other doctors didn't test her but said she was just pregnant and sore and dismissed her.

She and the baby would have died. The dog could smell the infection for months and was trying to warn her.

My last dog found skin cancer on my mom's friend. My mom's cat found her cancer, no doctors did til the cat did.

My dog found my cat's cancer. And the dog told me the cat's cancer came back a month after the surgery. Vet said it was impossible, 95 percent chance it wouldn't reoccur for at least five years. It came back and metastasized in a month. The dog was right.

He also once fixated on smelling the top of a woman's foot out on public once. Wouldn't leave her alone and instantly fixated on it. Turned out she had a major poison ivy infection that had gotten infected. His nose locked on her foot the minute we got near her. Lovely.

Just things to think about with a sudden change of behavior. If no obvious changes, maybe health issues for the dog or owner.

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Thank you for all the replies, I figured it out! Wyatt and I run about 6-8 miles every morning for years, the last couple weeks brought a lot of rain with a lot more days we couldn’t go running in a row. The rain went away and we went on our run and he was back to normal!
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The rain went away and we went on our run and he was back to normal!
So glad you figured it out and all is back to normal for you and your doggie!

Dogs just looove their patterns don't they? If we don't do our pattern at dinner time, my Gracie dog will certainly let us know until we comply
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Thank you for all the replies, I figured it out! Wyatt and I run about 6-8 miles every morning for years, the last couple weeks brought a lot of rain with a lot more days we couldn’t go running in a row. The rain went away and we went on our run and he was back to normal!

They are indeed creatures of habit. We too have had a lot of rain, lately, and there have been a number of mornings we have not been able to go on our normal walks. When we miss our morning walk, she becomes very restless, usually in the afternoon, and is generally just difficult.
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I'm glad you figured it out. My dog gets restless and is harder to walk when we're stuck inside with lousy weather.
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