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Old 10-01-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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Well my dog starts acting crazy as soon as it gets dark outside. She starts running around, acting nervous. As soon as you move she jumps. You try to pet her or go near her she jumps and takes off running. If you're sitting still, she's pacing back n' forth. I don't understand it, anyone have any suggestions or reasoning behind this sort of behaviour?
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Old 10-01-2007, 07:23 PM
 
Location: NC close to the MTs and near the lakes.
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Read the book "Marley and me". Hopefully, you will feel better.
Read it last year and I loved it. I have never laughed so much as I did reading that book. It is a must read for all dog LOVERS.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:42 PM
 
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Bach's Flower Rescue Remedy. It is all natural and comes in spray or drops.
I put the drops in his water bowl... It works wonderfully.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:59 PM
 
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Well my dog starts acting crazy as soon as it gets dark outside. She starts running around, acting nervous. As soon as you move she jumps. You try to pet her or go near her she jumps and takes off running. If you're sitting still, she's pacing back n' forth. I don't understand it, anyone have any suggestions or reasoning behind this sort of behaviour?
Perhaps she has night blindness and it makes her scared that she can't see as well at nighttime. Talk to your vet.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:00 PM
 
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Here's a very good article on how to understand a dog's fears along with tips on how to help a dog overcome it's fears:

Is Your Dog Afraid of the Dark? Pet Medicine | Pet Medications | Pet Meds | Pet Health | Pet care | Daily Pet blog
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:14 PM
 
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Perhaps she has night blindness and it makes her scared that she can't see as well at nighttime. Talk to your vet.
No she can see quite well. She loves to roam in the backyard at night and I have to force her to come in. It lasts from about 8p-9p and then she'll start to relax and calm down (totally confused). The vet was no help, all she ever says is "put her in a crate" - that seems to be her answer for EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, this Vet is always filling in for the original vet because he's up in age and his health is not the best. I'm thinking about finding another vet because this lady provides no recommendations/reasoning for anything.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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I'd find a new vet to make sure it doesn't have to do with her eyesight. I've done some google searches and the first signs of progressive retinal atrophy is difficulty seeing in dimly lit rooms or at dusk. Then again, I've also found that dogs can be more crepuscular at dusk and dawn because they evolved as hunters and their vision is best suited for hunting at dusk and dawn. So it might just be her natural animal instincts coming out, but I'd check with a new vet to be certain it's not due to a vision problem
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:59 AM
 
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I've also found that dogs can be more crepuscular at dusk and dawn because they evolved as hunters and their vision is best suited for hunting at dusk and dawn. So it might just be her natural animal instincts coming out, but I'd check with a new vet to be certain it's not due to a vision problem
Now that sounds like you might be on to something there - she is a aussie shepherd mixed with a beagle and I know that beagles were used a lot for hunting (at least my uncle had beagles for hunting). I'll still take your advice and ask the new vet to check her eyesight, just in case thanks.
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:10 AM
 
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I have the same problem with one of our dogs. He shakes so bad during storms his teeth chatter and he whines and cries, he is almost 12 so I know the stress can't be good for him
The vet gave him a script for Valium it really does help.

ayannaaaliyah I would find a new vet
crating is not the answer to everything.
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:29 AM
 
Location: St Augustine
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Have you ever watched the "dog whisperer" on Natl Geographic Channel? Cesar Milan is awesome. He also has a book. His show is all about how to mentally control your pet and change his/her behavior. He doesn't train dogs, he teaches the owner how to behave! I've seen episodes speficially for loud noises/thunder.

I read Marley right after my dog past away, and wished I had read it earlier b/c I always thought that only my dog was neurotic.
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