Post # 1
I am not sure how to handle this. We have a 13 y/o lab who is in pretty good health for his age. But starting just about a month ago, he started moaning and barking at me all friggin day. He only does it when my husband is at work, never when he is working from home, or home on nights and weekends. It is only during the weekdays, and only when I am sitting here alone. Nothing I do will stop it. He has eaten, has water, does not need to go potty. He doesn’t want attention, because when I pet him he backs away and barks.
I can’t “dicipline” him because he seem genuinely stressed out about something. I yell at him and then feel bad after. He does love to be outside but he can’t be out there without a leash, and I am a student doing work all day so I can’t just stand outside with him on his leash. We live in a townhouse complex, so a runner is not an option without direct supervision. When it gets warmer, I can just do work out there with him, but it is too cold now. He isn’t lonely…we have 2 other dogs.
We ended up putting together an office for me on the 3rd floor. When I go up there to do work, he is quiet. When I get downstairs he is sleeping peacefully, until he sees I am back and begins barking at me again.
Post # 3
How much exercise and mental stimulation does he get?
A tired dog is a happy dog! Can you take him to a dog park so he can run out his energy or play mental games with him like hide and seek to tire him out?
If he is getting enough mental and physical stimulation I might take him to the vet and get him checked out as he is older and something could be bothering him.
Post # 4
Damn. WB ate my post. Let’s try again.
My first thought is a medical condition since the change was so abrupt and he’s a senior but it’s hard to say. Has anything with his routine changed? The fact that it’s only directed at you is interesting though. Has anything changed with your IF treatments? Dogs can be sensitive to medical conditions in humans.
Post # 5
I agree work him out a little more and see if that helps.
Post # 6
I would bring him to the vet just as a precaution, but also before you start work in the morning take him out for a walk or to play. I know if I ever work from home, my girls cry because they think I am there to entertain them so I have to make them tired at first. And because of the fact that he sleeps and is content when he doesn’t see that your home, it really may be just boredom.
Post # 7
I don’t really know what to say, but my first thought is that he’s being bratty with you for some reason. Is your DH his ‘favorite’ between the two of you? If you know there are no real health issues and all of his regular needs are being satisfied, I feel like it’s most likely behavioral. Dogs usually identify a ‘pack leader’ and are best behaved for that person. That might be your DH and maybe your dog is trying to bully you or something.
As long as he’s healthy, I would try disciplining him when he does this or completely ignoring it. He needs to learn that he either gets in trouble when he acts up like that or he doesn’t get the attention he’s seeking.
Post # 8
awwww I know it probably annoys you after a while but it sounds so cute!!! Have you gotten him a new toy lately? Maybe he’s trying to tell you something about you…animals can sense health issues sometimes.
Post # 9
13 is getting up there in dog years. I’d be worried there might be something bothering him 🙁 Maybe have a vet check him out just to be sure?
Post # 10
He isn’t a very active dog but he gets a lot of excercise considering his age. We do go to the park every single morning and he roams around, and he gets walks around the neighborhood too. Nothing has really changed in our routine. Our other 2 dogs are younger and get the same amount of outside and excercise time, and they are fine.
I think I will talk to the vet, but I doubt it is health related because he doesn’t do this when my husband is home…ever. Whether it be a weekday or weekend, night or day, it is ONLY when I am here alone.
I suppose it could be because my husband isn’t here. Maybe he is getting “needier” and wants daddy home?
Post # 11
@caitlanc: oh..hmm…that’s an interesting idea. But I can’t think of any major changes (bad reactions, miscarrage, pregnancy or stress, etc). But who knows what he can sense.
Post # 12
@jen24au: He actually has zero interest in toys! Except he likes bones and treats…but he is already overweight because of a thyroid problem. But he is being monitored for it and it hasn’t gotten worse.
It actually can be cute sometimes when I look at him and he is just staring at me intently. But most of the time I am pulling my hair out.