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I've got a gorgeous 6 month old Rottweiler cross Irish Wolfhound who is a dream. Extremely smart dog, learns so quick and couldn't be more proud.

Lately though she's been doing two things. The main thing is, when we come back from a walk (which tires her out massively) she goes through an hour long "bark-at-nothing" phase. She's currently laid on the floor and suddenly she will get up and bark and growl. Then she will lay back down and fall back asleep.

I thought she was dreaming at first, but then she does it when her eyes are open. She'll be on the armchair opposite me and looking in my direction and all of a sudden she will jump up and sit on the chair and bark. I don't know if I'm not hearing something she can hear, but it's getting a bit difficult for me to deal with.

I've got bad anxiety that's been made worse by lack of sleep and every time she barks I jump out of my skin, my anxiety makes it so I'm very easy to startle so when I'm just on my laptop browsing facebook or forums and she jumps up and barks, it sends my heart racing.

Because of my anxiety, I like her protective qualities. But this is just strange. I don't mind her barking at the door because she's learnt to stop barking when I tell her too and I don't mind her scouting the house when we come in and growling at any noise outside whilst she's checking rooms, but this random barking is stressing me out.

The second thing, very minor and not bothering me at all, I just wanted some reassurance it's normal - she buries her nose into the corners of our sofa and sounds like she's a drug addict. She also tries to bury imaginary objects in her bed and stuff, but she only uses her nose, never uses her paws or anything. Just checking to make sure this is normal digging/burying behaviour and not some obsessive traits.

Thanks. :3
 

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I've got a gorgeous 6 month old Rottweiler cross Irish Wolfhound who is a dream. Extremely smart dog, learns so quick and couldn't be more proud.

Lately though she's been doing two things. The main thing is, when we come back from a walk (which tires her out massively) she goes through an hour long "bark-at-nothing" phase. She's currently laid on the floor and suddenly she will get up and bark and growl. Then she will lay back down and fall back asleep.

I thought she was dreaming at first, but then she does it when her eyes are open. She'll be on the armchair opposite me and looking in my direction and all of a sudden she will jump up and sit on the chair and bark. I don't know if I'm not hearing something she can hear, but it's getting a bit difficult for me to deal with.

I've got bad anxiety that's been made worse by lack of sleep and every time she barks I jump out of my skin, my anxiety makes it so I'm very easy to startle so when I'm just on my laptop browsing facebook or forums and she jumps up and barks, it sends my heart racing.

Because of my anxiety, I like her protective qualities. But this is just strange. I don't mind her barking at the door because she's learnt to stop barking when I tell her too and I don't mind her scouting the house when we come in and growling at any noise outside whilst she's checking rooms, but this random barking is stressing me out.

The second thing, very minor and not bothering me at all, I just wanted some reassurance it's normal - she buries her nose into the corners of our sofa and sounds like she's a drug addict. She also tries to bury imaginary objects in her bed and stuff, but she only uses her nose, never uses her paws or anything. Just checking to make sure this is normal digging/burying behaviour and not some obsessive traits.

Thanks. :3
Give her a stuffed Kong toy when you get in from walks to keep her occupied until she falls asleep. The burying is normal, it's called caching. :thumbsup:
 

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The Kong is a good idea, I'd also try shorter walks so she's not so tired.

If she's not trying to hide something when she's digging and rooting like that, and she does so before she lays down, then it sounds like nesting behavior and it's perfectly normal.
 
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