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|05-25-2009, 01:26 PM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chorley, England
Cleo acting wierd
we have had Cleo for a week now, and she has been happy since we got her and got more playful everyday but my fiance started painting upstairs in our house on Friday and cleo started to act wierd.
Yesterday Cleo was acting more normal (my fiance didn't paint much yesterday) but in the evening he measured our mattress with cleo on it which really scared her. She looked really scared for the rest of the night and wouldn't go near my fiance but she seemed normal this morning as she was licking him, etc as she normally does. Today we have done more painting and Cleo's been acting the same as she was Friday and Saturday.
Also we've got a cat bed that we were given by Cleo's previous owner which she used to use as her bed (which she's not used once since she's been here) but she's started hiding away in it today.
She just seems really sad and anti-social (quiet) and we are really worried about her now.
Is it likely to be the painting that she doesn't like or is it more likely to be related to her getting scared by the tape measure?
|05-25-2009, 02:35 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
When older dogs are adopted, they can come with baggage. Do you know why her original owners no longer wanted her? Dogs need to go through a lot of socialization during their first year, and I am suspect she may be lacking in some social skills. You don't know how she was treated for those early developmental months.
Example: My dog is barking incessantly. I am actively ignoring this behavior, but I picked up a magazine to read, and she charged at me. Okay: Previous owner must have used the magazine to reprimand her. No way to tell this beforehand, but I am careful how I pick up a magazine when she's around, because I don't want her to have this fear of being hit, or rage towards magazines. I work with her on this regularly.
Paint fumes are never good, and they may remind her of an unpleasant time in her young life. Or the fumes may be making her ill. I would have someone keep her at their house until you are done painting, if possible.
Each time you find something she's timid about, I would just take a second to introduce her to what's going on. If she is too fearful, I would stop what I was doing and move her to another room until I was done, and make a point to work with her on that more extensively at a later time, unless you have time right then.
You both are learning, she has a whole new environment with new people and she doesn't know what to expect, other than drawing on her past experiences, which may not all be good. You are learning about her, what things she feels insecure about and how to make her feel happy. When you develope a bond and become friends, and she learns she can trust you, then she should become more tolerant of things she's not sure of.
Professional training may be helpful too.
Hope this helps ...
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Last edited by kjc; 05-25-2009 at 02:40 PM.
|05-25-2009, 02:44 PM||#3|
YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hanford, CA
I was wondering if the smell of the paint was bothering her? Be sure that the windows are open and Cleo has plenty of fresh air to breath while the painting is being done. Remember that dogs have a very keen sense of smell. + she is still getting use to her new home, and might be confused as to all the changes that are taking place. Give her lots of extra attention and reasurance. Kepp her away from the room that is being painted. I really think that has something to do with her behavior.
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