Post # 1
Our dog, Milk, has started acting kind a funny. He’s a rescue (we’ve had him for over 2 years) and when we first got him he was extremely clingy. He never had separation anxiety, but he was always right next to us. He’d lay on the couch with us in the evenings and sleep right in the middle. He would always stare at us until we invited him into bed and he seemed so happy to be with us.
Recently, however, he’s always on his own. If he’s in the room with us, he’s laying on the floor. Right now, we’re on the couch and he’s upstairs sleeping on our bed. He doesn’t go to weird places, just our bed. At night, he doesn’t get in the bed with us until later in the night.
His personality hasn’t changed, however. He’s still super sweet and playful. He just had a check-up and he’s in great health. We run him 4-5 miles a day and he has tons of energy. He’s between 5 and 6 years old and is a beagle/jack russell mix.
Any idea what’s going on?
Post # 3
@Mars62312: My dogs got more like this as they got older. Whenever I’m watching TV in the living room and can’t find them, they are alwwaaayyyss curled up in our bed sleeping. I think it has less to do with them not wanting to be around you and more to do with the fact that they are secure in their spot in your pack and find your bedroom (where I’m assuming they sleep) to be a comforting place for them to go retreat to. My husband and I always joke that our dogs are like people. Whenever they are ready for a nap, they don’t sleep on the floor (usually), they go straight to our room and get in bed. 😉 As far as the sleeping on the floor thing goes, I don’t know what to say about that, but one of our dogs does that a few times a week, too. Anyway, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. 🙂
Post # 4
Maybe he is finally trusting that his needs will be met and he can relax and not have to always be next to you ?
Post # 5
I agree that he’s probably becoming more comfortable in your pack 🙂 I have a really skittish kitty who used to spend most of her time under the bed, in the closet or physically attached to me. It’s taken her years (like 6 of them!), but she’s finally comfortable laying on the bed or perching in the window to look outside by herself. She literally never used to come out from under the bed unless I was there, and now I walk in and find her snoozing on the bed like “oh hi, I’m taking a nap here do you mind?”
We’re seeing a tiny bit of it with our rescue puppy too, she’s going to be turning 2 this month and we’ve had her since she was 11 weeks. I think 99% of the time she wants to be with us, and if she accidentally gets locked out of whatever room we’re in she’ll lay by the door until we let her in. However, there are occasionally times when I’ll be in the bedroom and she’ll want to lay in her bed in the living room instead. She’s a pretty sensitive and sweet girl but I can see her becoming a little more independent as she grows up and becomes more confident in her place in our pack.
Post # 6
@Mars62312: he’s just settling down. This is really your goal: a happy and independent dog! He feels safe enough to be alone which is awesome! I had to work with my last dog on this and my trainer said once he would leave a room I was in to go be alone that I had successfully gotten him past his separation anxiety!
Post # 7
Agree with these two ladies.
It’s an older dog thing. Our 7 year old pomchi will pick and choose when he decides to hang around with us. Most of the time, he’s curled up in FI’s boxers that are left on the floor (separate issue in and of itself…)
When he was a puppy, or younger dog, he was by my side at all times. He started hanging out on his own at around 4 or 5 I think.
No big deal. As long as he’s drinking, eating properly, and still acting happy and playful, he’s all good.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies so much! This was what I was hoping was going on, but I wasn’t sure. I had Milk in my old apartment and we moved into our house 2 Octobers ago. DH also had cats so that was an adjustment, too. I think that’s why he lays on the floor at night. He’s “guarding” us from the cats. They are starting to become closer, though!
Post # 9
@Mars62312: Dogs are just like cats in that when they don’t feel well, they tend to hide. Is it possible he’s got arthritis?
My amazing sweet girl Suzie (when she was still a younger dog) tried to jump our chain link fence on Christmas Eve to go roam the neighborhood. She didn’t clear it. She tried to hid from my family by going into my room. She was so out of it she didn’t know I was in there. She was acting weird so I tried to pet her, and my had came away with blood. 🙁 Poor baby had torn the skin away from a palm sized area of her armpit.
We had her stitched up after a horrible search for a vet available on Christmas Eve. But even towards the end of her life, she would be a bit less sociable when arthritis started creeping up on her. 🙁
Ugh…. now I’m sad.
Post # 10
@Asia: He’s moving just fine and had his check up in February and got a great report, so I don’t think it’s that. I’ll keep an eye out, though! Thanks
Post # 11
I really hope my dog develops this in time. She’s insanely clingy.