This is my 6th day dog sitting an unspayed female black lab of 1,5 years old.
Her owners told me she isn't usually home alone and that she needs regular walks or sometimes destroys house slippers or poops inside the house.
She is very sweet and mild mannered but she has been having bouts of restless behavior that have started to worry me.
The first day she was mellow at first but in the afternoon she started to whine and pace. She also grabs her dog bed, bites down on it and humps it.
The first day I thought this was seperation anxiety and that she would settle down after a few days. However, as the days went on I started noticing she would usually get like this right after we came back from a walk.
She whines, paces the room, usually with a toy in her mouth. She sometimes walks up to me and presses the toy against me.
She also humps her dog bed. She hasn't lied down on it yet.
These restless periods usually last a short period, I think not more than 30 minutes.
She also gets excited when people enter the house (or leave the house, but to a lesser extent cause we never leave her alone). She paces, whines, picks up the toy and humps the pillow.
This isn't the first time she has been away from home and her owners keep telling me she always forgets about them pretty quickly. I can't help but feeling they don't really understand the situation.
Distracting her with a toy or a treat does work temporarily when she's in this anxious/excited mode in that she'll stop for a few minutes with what she's doing but goes right back to it when she loses interest.
She gets lots of walks and trips to the dog park/lake/beach so I can't imagine she's bored or has too little exercise.
Is there anyone who thinks they can shed some light on the situation?
Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.