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Old 01-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, Wade is being a little monster today, and it seems to have come out of nowhere! This morning he was refusing to walk on his walk - just sat and stared at me indignantly several times. Usually he gallops right along! Then we get home and he's whining and whining and also yawning (as part of his whine?!) Then during our training session he was jumping up and just acting a little bratty.

THEN I take him out and for the first time ever, he lifted his leg to pee! I thought, "Oh man, here we go..."

So I'm wondering: could this be the onset of adolescence? He's 3 months and 5 days, so it seems a little early, but who knows.

The other possibility is that he didn't get a very good night sleep last night (he slept in our bed and was tossing quite a bit) and now he's cranky.

I just went and bought him some new bully sticks so that I can get some work done today!

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I have no advice, but I feel your pain. Just when you think you've passed by a yucky stage, another one comes out of nowhere! I thought I was home free when Ralph turned one..but now I am told wait until two until he's really settled down...LOL
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Ha... thank you! We just feel a little defeated because things were going SO WELL. I get the sense that he suddenly got a huge hormonal boost, or something. Last night my boyfriend took him out at 2am, and it was raining, and Wade just sat and barked then came inside and chewed his bully stick for about an hour. Very odd behavior for him in the middle of the night.

Trying to remain CALM and understand that if he is getting some new signals in his head it's probably just as confusing for him as it is for us.
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I'm pretty sure that is too early for adolescents which I think is typically 12-18 mo. Hopefully he is just have a bad day.
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According to Dog Star Daily it can start as early as 18 weeks... which would still mean it's too early for him. Yeah. Hopefully just a bad day... or two...
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That said... if anyone can shed light on what the yawning could be about? In the past two days his whines have included yawns. This seems like it could be a tiredness thing or a stress thing.
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Don't forget he had a very busy, exciting day at the BBQ. I've found my dogs get very tired after a party, or a house full of visitors, or anything that is new or a major change to routine. They will often get grouchy towards the end of the day, and need several sleepy, relaxed days to recover - and they are adults! Stress hormones take a long time to clear, and even happy stuff can be stressful.
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Oh that is a great point fjm! Thank you!

I am just trying to deal with the situation right now. Sitting in one room trying to work while he is in the other whining :( He has been let out, fed, he has some good toys. I don't really know what to do except wait it out, I suppose!
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Meredian is your pup having normal bowel movements? Perhaps he got into something?
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He is having normal bowel movements, yes.
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