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Old 04-05-2018, 10:40 PM
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Cappy is 8 year old rescue who I've had for 1.7 years.

He did something very strange 2 nights ago that has left me scratching my head

I woke up ~3 AM to use bathroom. He usually sleeps thru these, at least never leaves his bed.
This time, he got out of bed & went to the back door, as if he had to potty. So, of course I let him out. He had some diarrhea the prior day, so I allowed him more time than usual.
After ~15-20 minutes, I went outside to call him in or be sure he was OK. He ran up to me, but didn't come in the house, so I left him out there.

About 5 min later, I decided I wanted him back in the house, regardless. When I opened the back door, he was sitting there in front of the door in the cold & dark (but on top of a little dog bed). He wouldn't move, sat there & looked at me as if he were afraid to move.

This was a real shock to me & I could see no reason for it. I got down to his level, thinking I would pick him up & bring him inside, or comfort him, or do something (other than leave him outside).

He looked at me like he was afraid or in pain, & it occurred to me maybe he had an injury, so I patted him gently, all over & stretched out his limbs. Nothing, but he still looked scared & shrinking from me.

He was acting so unlike himself that I was afraid he might snap at me if I picked him up, but after a short whileI did, and brought him inside.

After that, he was back to his old self. No diarrhea, no injuries - like nothing had happened.

I would be really interested in any/all input, no matter how outlandish. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-06-2018, 12:43 AM
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In my mind something scared the ---- out of him! 15-20 minutes out alone, and when it is cold, well not something I would do. I'm glad you decided to get him inside. If he is not used to going out and staying out for that length of time in the night, that might be reason enough for the behavior.
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Well, the thing is I left the back door open for him to come back in whenever he wanted - which is what I always do.

It was only after he had been out longer than usual that I went down to check on him - that's when he came to me, looked fine, turned around & went back into the dark yard as if he still had business back there (acting perfectly normal).
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Weird! Weird! Don't know what happened unless there was an animal that scared him?
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Could have been a raccoon, though they are often pretty noisy & it was dead quiet. I can't think of anything else, but it was very, very weird & totally out of character to not come in the house.
I remember now having a fleeting thought there might be something he wanted to guard the house against.
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I think I find the fact that he does NOT do that normally more surprising than anything else. I have seem many Chihuahuas always sit and shake not wanting to move when they are tired, cold, feeling lazy, or scared. It's a very common thing for me. I still go through the checking to see they are OK and such and 2min later they are as happy as can be again. Don't overthink it..

I know we love our Chihuahua children so much and project them as being babies, but always remember these are the pets that are terrorize by a vacuum cleaner and at times can be scared of their own shadow.

But yea, an animal in the backyard does seem possible, might be a good idea to do some more backyard safety checks to ensure your dog is safe out in the backyard alone that or grab a cup of tea (keep a thermos of hot water and tea bags ready to go and sit out there with them. That or set up a night vision camera that you can record. I myself would do that, not out of fear for my pet's safety but curiosity because other than that it's just speculation and you will never REALLY know..
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Just me I'd never let a chi go by itself outside and not on a leash. I had a cat killed by something living in a typical neighborhood with houses all around, at mid day.
Letting small animals go outside unatended is usually why they end up on missing lists.
An owl could have got him.
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Just me I'd never let a chi go by itself outside and not on a leash. I had a cat killed by something living in a typical neighborhood with houses all around, at mid day.
Letting small animals go outside unatended is usually why they end up on missing lists.
An owl could have got him.
HAH! you and me both! If it was my backyard I'd install a 2-3 ft underground metal fencing to prevent creatures from digging in. I'd also have flood lighting for safety and to help monitor and a double fence method such as 1st layer of chicken fencing and then the wood fense behind it. Also trimmed trees overhead and I'd put up a sun cloth ideally something made out of metal or something that is better able to hold up against birds of prey.

Then I'd set up my own comfort station, a electric kettle & tea bags on the back porch so I could sit and have me some tea while my little buddy got to explore the backyard safely off leash!

Everybody have their own comfort level and level of safety requirements, there is always going to be risk there is always going to be risk and each backyard is never the same... Sometimes you can be over protective... like that look your chi gives you when you send time out in bubble wrap!
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