- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
Sort of long, sorry.
I have two Weimaraners, both 3 years old. One we bought from a friend who had a litter, the other we adopted from a Rescue (Jesse) and we love them so much, over the moon, would do anything for both of them (and have). The Humane Society, for instance, backed out on treating him when we adopted him. (Their paper said any problems up to a week they would take care of) Their only offer was that we return him (where he would likely suffer and not get the treatment he needed). We made the decision that day to take him to our vet, where we paid 1500 dollars out of pocket to make sure we did everything to get him healthy. We hadn’t had him for 3 days yet, we did not have a close bond at that point because he was sick/moping, we just knew in our hearts it was the right thing.
Fast Forward. Now our pups are turning 3 in March and I can’t believe how fast time flies! Both are fairly well behaved dogs, especially inside we never have any issues. We take them walks, but they have not been as consistent this winter because where we live there are no sidewalks nearby, the trails are iced or muddy, and there aren’t any dogparks nearby. In other words – can’t wait til it stays above freezing!
Rescue Pup is out of NOWHERE and without any warning having some real behavior issues all of a sudden. He is getting into EVERYTHING (starting a week and a half ago). Normally he listens very well, but we have found him very out of character with leaving our view when we call him, getting into the trash, eating the corner of his dog bed, standing on the stove while dinner is cooking. I feel like I am chasing after him nonstop. I don’t have any idea what is going on.
There are some things that have changed that I feel could be contributing. 1, Jesse has been put on a little bit of a diet. For a weimaraner he has gotten somewhat pudgy, and depressingly enough when he lays down, he uses his own fat roll as a pillow. LOL So we have cut back on his food. 2, I am wondering if he is getting a case of cabin fever because of the bad weather, but normally this has never been an issue. Our dogs are still both very active and we can still play in the yard, walks in untreated/iced areas are just not workable right now. And 3, I have found out I am pregnant, and have had some restrictions in movement/lifting, and this may sound crazy but I just wonder if he senses this big change and it is adding to his anxiety.
Two dogs couldn’t be loved more, and it isn’t that we are chasing and yelling and being busy with being mad. We are more scared that he is going to get into something that will harm him. He scarfs things down in milliseconds like nothing. Last night, he threw up the pad from a package of meat (the pads that lay under the meat to absorb) that is very disturbing to me! We don’t know how he ever had time to get to it in the trash! For now, we are baby-gating rooms off and keeping him in our sight at all times but it is so unlike him. We just want him to feel comfortable and safe. We also are removing the dog bed from the crate (where they sleep at night). No seperation anxiety issues, and our other Weim girl is still behaving just as normal as always. We are also thinking of taking steps on retraining him to better respond to our commands instead of look at us and do it anyway. Any tips? 🙂