Just seperation anxiety or something else? Lab I dogsit excited/anxious after walk

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior

Just seperation anxiety or something else? Lab I dogsit excited/anxious after walk

This is a discussion on Just seperation anxiety or something else? Lab I dogsit excited/anxious after walk within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; 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 ...

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-29-2019, 04:43 AM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Just seperation anxiety or something else? Lab I dogsit excited/anxious after walk

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.

Last edited by Izzie; 07-29-2019 at 04:45 AM.
Izzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2019, 06:37 AM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 515
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Is there any chance she could be in heat?
Francl27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 04:42 AM
  #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Francl27 View Post
Is there any chance she could be in heat?
Her owners said she has just been in heat.

The other day at the park an intact male showed some interest in her after she peed and tried to mount her a few times.
Today, she didn't pee in the park but another intact male did not try to mount her or show any sexual interest.

Could it be she's this restless while in di-estrus?

Also, her owners say she does the restless behavior at home as well, and that they have had two labradors and that it's normal behavior.
They all chalk it up to her having too much energy and wanting to play more.
Izzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Tags
humping, pacing, seperation anxiety, whining



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.