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09-09-2010, 12:01 AM   #1

Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


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09-09-2010, 07:36 AM   #2

Re: Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


immediate thought would be the possibility of a season - that can affect a bitch's behaviour considerably.

Assuming that it isn't that, I would get her checked over by the vet as the other strong possible sudden change in behaviour could be down to pain/discomfort.

If there doesn't seem to be any physical reason, its possible that she's getting a little bored and needs more to challenge her mind. You mention about physical exercise, but not about mental exercise - springers do tend to need to work their minds as well as their bodies. 'Find it' games are often an easy way to do that, along with some short spells of training (which could be obedience, tricks or even jobs to help you around the house).



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09-09-2010, 07:37 AM   #3

Re: Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


You are right to be concerned about sudden behaviour changes, particularly when there's no obvious reason.

Your first port of call should be your vet, just to make sure that there's no medical reason. Are Poppy's teeth & gums healthy? Sudden chewing could be a sigh that something's not right in her mouth.

Pinching food & things to chew on ~ perhaps you need to look at nutrition? Could it be attention-seeking? Have a think about your own reactions to Poppy's behaviour when she pinches things ~ is there any "reward" for her, e.g. a chase, attention?

As for taking herself off to be on her own, has anything happened to change the relationship between the dogs? Squabbles over beds? What happens just before she takes herself off? With my two dogs it's certainly not unusual for them to choose to sleep in different parts of the house, so maybe Poppy just wants some peace & quiet?

If the vet gives Poppy the all clear, then all I can suggest is that you are really observant over the next few days ~ watch her body language closely, watch your other dogs & all family members to see if there are any triggers for the changed behaviours, look at the whole way you look after Poppy, e.g. diet, feeding times, amount of exercise, amount of attention, whether you still do training, anything in your normal routine that has changed, new neighbours, noises, building work nearby etc etc ~ the list could be endless!

Good luck with Poppy ~ I hope you get to the bottom of it but if she's physically fine, & still eating well & is lively & responsive, it could be something as simple as just getting older, more self-sufficient & wanting a bit of time on her own.



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09-09-2010, 03:01 PM   #4

Re: Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


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immediate thought would be the possibility of a season - that can affect a bitch's behaviour considerably.

Assuming that it isn't that, I would get her checked over by the vet as the other strong possible sudden change in behaviour could be down to pain/discomfort.

If there doesn't seem to be any physical reason, its possible that she's getting a little bored and needs more to challenge her mind. You mention about physical exercise, but not about mental exercise - springers do tend to need to work their minds as well as their bodies. 'Find it' games are often an easy way to do that, along with some short spells of training (which could be obedience, tricks or even jobs to help you around the house).

Thank you for your suggestions, I never thought about the possibility of her season causing a problem with her behaviour, she is in her second week at the moment, maybe it's hormonal then, but I think i will also get her checked over by our vet {just in case} my old man says that i worry to much, but I know when something is not quite right, again many thanks



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09-09-2010, 03:06 PM   #5

Re: Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


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You are right to be concerned about sudden behaviour changes, particularly when there's no obvious reason.

Your first port of call should be your vet, just to make sure that there's no medical reason. Are Poppy's teeth & gums healthy? Sudden chewing could be a sigh that something's not right in her mouth.

Pinching food & things to chew on ~ perhaps you need to look at nutrition? Could it be attention-seeking? Have a think about your own reactions to Poppy's behaviour when she pinches things ~ is there any "reward" for her, e.g. a chase, attention?

As for taking herself off to be on her own, has anything happened to change the relationship between the dogs? Squabbles over beds? What happens just before she takes herself off? With my two dogs it's certainly not unusual for them to choose to sleep in different parts of the house, so maybe Poppy just wants some peace & quiet?

If the vet gives Poppy the all clear, then all I can suggest is that you are really observant over the next few days ~ watch her body language closely, watch your other dogs & all family members to see if there are any triggers for the changed behaviours, look at the whole way you look after Poppy, e.g. diet, feeding times, amount of exercise, amount of attention, whether you still do training, anything in your normal routine that has changed, new neighbours, noises, building work nearby etc etc ~ the list could be endless!

Good luck with Poppy ~ I hope you get to the bottom of it but if she's physically fine, & still eating well & is lively & responsive, it could be something as simple as just getting older, more self-sufficient & wanting a bit of time on her own.
Thank you for your suggestions, it has given me a few ideas, but i will get her checked out by our vet.



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09-09-2010, 08:26 PM   #6

Re: Why a sudden change / relapse in my Spaniels behaviour


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Thank you for your suggestions, I never thought about the possibility of her season causing a problem with her behaviour, she is in her second week at the moment, maybe it's hormonal then, but I think i will also get her checked over by our vet {just in case} my old man says that i worry to much, but I know when something is not quite right, again many thanks
I'm pretty sure that will be it in then. Dogs are quite like women when it comes to their seasons - some are affected a lot, some not much, some get moody, some grumpy...etc. etc. But, yes, if you are at all ill at ease, I would get your vet to check her over.



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