Dec 8 2005
Some days she is fine, doesn't bat an eyelid at anything and then others she acts like her world is going to come to an end, crying and whining if I so much as go to the loo!
Last couple of nights, we go up the stairs to bed and immediately she stands at the bottom of the stairs and cries like her heart is breaking. We close the bedroom door and two minutes later she is sound asleep!! Talk about trying it on!
She is still on the Clomicalm and it seems to have stopped the puffing and panting to a degree, but she still whines and cries ................... could it just be learnt behaviour to get attention?
Little monkey nicked a pack of defrosting sausages the other day - good job I caught her just after her first mouthful - can you imagine the air after them??!! My own fault - left the kitchen door open!
Dec 8 2005
Molly used to have us fretting as to whether she was having fits or not a couple of years ago. She used to start shaking all over and her head would twitch!!
At first we were really concerned and went to see the vet who performed a physical and took some blood samples and told us to keep an eye on her. Well we get the results and everything was OK, the vet asked when the fits occured so we explained that usually before we went to bed.
We used to have a very set routine whereby I would ask Lynne is she wanted a brew, the telly would go off and we would have a chat before bed - the vet told us to have our brew, not mention bed, turn the TV and lights off when we were ready and completely ignore Molly.
1st night we had the fit, second night same again and the third night nothing - needless to say they are far from stupid dogs and will play on your conscience if they believe it will gain attention or the chance of a night on your bed.
Molly now no longer bothers with the attention seeking but does have a habit of quivering when she knows we are going out - harsh but we just ignore her as we know the consequences of showing concern are in her favour and will only lead to a lot of hard work reversing the clingy behaviour.
I know it's tough Karen and appreciate that for you it is an ongoing problem but the old phrase "cruel to be kind" springs to mind (obviously not that I mean cruel but you get the idea!). I would recommend ignoring any "clingy" behaviour, I know it's tough but the more you pay her attention the more she will do it.
Persistance is key and I know that you have more than enough to cope with, especially as she was or has been destroying your sofa etc - keep with it I'm sure you will get their in the end. It could be worse our 2 ate our old kitchen due to seperation anxiety we were inexperienced boxer owners at the time and learnt the hardway quickly!!
It is weird that she has started playing you up now, especially as she has an owner / family that love her to bits and your far from experienced at boxer ownership so I am sure you will get back to normality soon.
Take care and good luck
Dec 8 2005
rather than your far from experienced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tip of the week - always read your post twice before posting to avoid upsetting anyone.
Dec 8 2005
Actually we are lucky - it's Liz's Heskey that eats sofas, Sasha is fairly non destructive so far!
We try and ignore the behaviour as much as possible, as long as it isn't interferring with anyone. The hardest thing was when she started crying at 6am one time - I was convinced that I would come downstairs to a puddle or a pile but was determined not to get up to her. In the past I have gone down and let her out, but the trainer said there is no reason why she shouldn't go through the night, so this time I ignored her. Half an hour she cried for and then gave in and guess what ............. no mess!! Needless to say I won't stress at all next time!
It's interesting what you say about the fit - it does look like it doesn't it!! Sasha starts to quiver, then blows out her cheeks and then just pants like she has run a marathon! Thing is, it can stop as soon as it starts!
At least I am starting to feel she isn't anxious, just trying for her first Oscar, so I don't worry that she is upset as much now!
Boxers eh - they certainly keep you at their beck and call, one way or another!!
Dec 9 2005
I tell you what might help - if her bed is downstairs and you want a quick fix without her being in your room, put a soft flat bed on the landing. Molly and Tash have been up on our landing for quite a while now, at first it was because of drafts in the kitchen during winter and we felt sorry for them.
They now snuggle up to each other on their upstairs bed at night and go straight to sleep no nonsense. I suppose from their point of view they feel like they are as close as we will allow them without being in the bedroom.
Dec 9 2005
Saying that, last night when we went to bed there wasn't a murmer from her and within 5 mins of us being in bed she was yelping a whining and having a fantastic dream about chasing something fast!! She must have been really distraught!!
That's what I mean about turning it on and off!
Dec 9 2005
They are the worlds best actors!!!!
Glad to hear that Sasha does not seem to be having any 'real' problems. She probably knows how much extra attention she can get if she pretends she is upset.
It certainly seems that she is acting if she can be asleep within minutes having an exciting dream.
Our three now have a bed on the landing and even if we leave the living room open they will sleep on the landing to be closer to us, however if i make the mistake of leaving the bedroom door open i end up with Henry in bed with us in the morning.
You would be amazed at the narrowest bits of mattress that he can sleep on!!!
I see what you mean about Sasha choosing a bed - she would be in her element.
Now which one tonight???