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07 January 2009 @ 04:19 am
odd behaving pups  
So, on Thanksgiving, my husband deployed. Since then, my two bostons have been acting very odd. My younger dog Tallulah is normally very hyper and cuddly. She loves being in your lap/face/business, etc. She's been extremely withdrawn since my husband left. She will just STAND for minutes on end with her ears back, eyes wide open, and sometimes shaking. If you try to move her or pet her, she hardly reacts. After a while, she will eventually move and go sit on my husband's chair until she wants to eat or go outside. For about a month she would sit at the edge of the bed, seemingly waiting for him to come to bed. It took me a long time to get her to lay down and she's jumpy all night. She is usually the very epitome of a lap dog, but I can barely get her to want to be pet or cuddled with anymore.

Now, my other dog has been extremely clingy. He's always been more independent and would rather sit next to you than on your lap. Now, he follows me everywhere, always trying to be in my lap or my arms. He even went as far as to growl at the cat when she tried to sit with me.

So yeah.. I don't think that I've been doing anything that would trigger their behavior. I've remained calm and more or less went about with my business since my husband left. I'm just trying to figure out what I should do for my bostons to make them more at ease while my husband is gone...
soooo, any advice??
jennygel7: saysaysayjennygel7 on January 7th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Dogs feel a range of emotions. If you were sad when your husband left your dogs are most likely grieving. Maybe the next time he calls, let him be on speaker phone and they can hear him. They'll probably be very excited and will feel happier, and get back to 'normal'.

It really works.
Lorindasweetdemonica on January 8th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
ive never had my dad leave for as long as your husband, but they always get real real depressed when my dad is gone for awhile. its pathetic:( i guess they'll eventually get use to it. bostons are very emotional dogs.
lucy_chronicles: buster fast foodlucy_chronicles on January 8th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Grieving Pups
Speaker phone is good to start, a posession of his that smells like him and diversion diverson diversion... dog parks, woalks, toys, they will get over it but take time and find other things for them to do besides sulk. i talk to mine and they know of who visits when - 'we're going to sean and wolfie's house' and they know the drill, don't mope and it's the same as 'go to dog park' 'pug meetup' etc. they get the lingo and know.

just like you do to fill time and thoughts until he returns.

keep it up and you'll be fine.