14th March 2011, 06:01 AM
Growling Getting Worse
Coco is such a sweet and happy go lucky girl, but sometimes I think she is bi-polar?!?
Happening noticeably more frequent, she will be laying down on her bed on the floor, or in bed with us, just growling. Head laying on a pillow, our arm, or just resting on her feet, just growling. What the heck?!?!
Sometimes the growl will progress to a bark. Just one single bark, she does not have a barking fit, but she growls....growls....BARK! growls.... and this can sometimes happen for 10 seconds, or 5 minutes!
I just don't know what is going on with her. On occasion I can tell she is growling and barking at something she is scared of, like last night I took her to my cousin's birthday party and she is not used to the noises in their house, she would yap at that and I could tell she was a little stressed out and scared.
It just seems like at home she does it for no apparent reason and it is happening at least once to twice a day, sometimes more.
14th March 2011, 10:00 AM
You live in Washington state? Given the state of plate tectonics these days it's very possible coco is responding to very small earthquakes.
14th March 2011, 12:11 PM
14th March 2011, 12:13 PM
If Coco is worried by something humans can't hear (like earth tremors), you could try a DAP (pheremone) diffuser or collar - they seem to work well for fear of fireworks etc. As Coco is mainly worried in the house, the plug in diffuser should work OK - perhaps one downstairs and one in your bedroom.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
14th March 2011, 04:08 PM
With her age I suspect she is moving into one of her fear periods. Dogs go through fear periods while growing originally to help them stay alive while they were still young and rely on the pack.