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Sudden change in sleep pattern

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Jessyroo, Aug 12, 2009.


  1. Jessyroo

    Jessyroo PetForums Newbie

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    We have a 6 month old boxer male called Oscar. We love him to bits though he is completely mental. We're working hard on the training and we're seeing light at the end of the tunnel. He is also booked in to have his 'op' in two weeks time. one thing we're completely baffled by is a sudden change in behaviour at night. Fom day one he has always been a good sleeper. when he was really little we would let him out for a wee at about 3am but that soon changed and for the past 2 months he has always slept soundly through the night. we put him out for a wee at about 11pm (he dozes from about 9:30pm) and that would be enough until about 6:30am. But for the past 2 nights, when we wake him for his pre bed wee he immediately perks up like its play time. he used to go back to bed straight away but now he wanders around. he has even started whining at the door if we go out the room and barking which is not good as we live in an attached house! But then he doesn't seem to settle at all during the night...he's just really restless. It's just so strange and out of character. We don't want him to sleep in our rooms....for one thing he snores like a trooper! We're just not sure what to do...do we give him attention (we really feel we have to do something to stop the barking). He gets plenty of exercise during the day, a few training sessions, some play time and fuss! He also doesn't suffer from separation anxiety and is happy for us to leave the room and he doesn't bark if we go out. We don't think he wants us at night....just to play with a toy!

    Could this be 'hormonal'??

    Any help will be greatly apprecaited to understand this!

    Sorry for the long essay!

    xx
     
  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Could something have upset or scared him? Some fireworks or something like that.

    He might be smelling a bitch in season.
     
  3. Jessyroo

    Jessyroo PetForums Newbie

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    That's an interesting one...we live nest door to two bitches (one either side) and that's the only thing that has changed in his nightly routine. He's definitely become sexually mature- he even sleep humps! He's just not the kind of dog that craves human attention all the time but he LOVES other dogs so I really think that might be it! Especially as the night air has been so still. Do you know how far away they can smell females? thank you so much for your response...do you have any ideas how to deal with it?
     
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    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    I think they can smell one from miles away.

    Not a lot you can do if thats the problem, i dont think.
     
  5. Louby

    Louby PetForums Junior

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    i have a male pup and i am also intersted in this behaviour - just for future reference - will neutering help with this problem nonnie?

    sorry to hijack ur post jessyroo :D
     
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