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Old 04-11-2018, 03:56 AM
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So this started just 2 days ago at night only.
I put the dogs inside for bedtime in this order: Jr and Sunshine, Jojo then Buddy Bear. It's always been that way and has to be that way as it best fits.
But for 2 nights now after I put in Buddy Bear a couple of minutes later Jr will start barking. I'm not in the room when he starts so I'm not sure exactly what sets of Jr but I know it's Buddy Bear. I open the room door to tell Jr to hush and he still is barking at Buddy Bear.
Yesterday Buddy Bear was sleeping when Jr barked at him and today Buddy Bear was wheezing and Jr started. Which honestly is different behaviors but he still barked. I put a towel on the side of Jr's kennel to cover his view. They can technically see each other but very little. It's kennel, bed and kennel. I put the towel and stayed in the room and he's completely stopped. But most likely because I stayed.
The only thing I can think of is that not long ago Buddy Bear would get fed around 5:30 and not 8. Maybe him eating is setting off Jr. But Jojo is also in the same room eating his dinner and Jr has no issue. Maybe because he can't see him..?
This honestly has to stop though. My parents don't want to hear Jr bark every night. Or worse he can start doing this behavior constantly. And sadly since the dogs are pretty much only allowed to sleep in my room. Jr would have to sleep in the patio outside. Which honestly he'd have a heart attack and wouldn't understand why he'd be left out there.
Edit: not have a "heart attack" but completely freak out lol He's the type to howl/bark all night.
Another thing is that it started when I put new light bulbs in my room. They had burned out and I lasted about a month without lights in my room. And just 2 days ago I finally put new lights.
This morning I purposely let Jr inside while Buddy Bear was inside eating breakfast and he did the same thing. But this time Buddy Bear barked back.
Also jr was able to sleep with the towel over his kennel all night and he didn't have a problem with it.

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Old 04-11-2018, 03:40 PM
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Ari, May I ask why is Buddy Bear wheezing? Maybe Jr knows something is wrong with him? In any case does Jr know the command 'no bark'? Do all the dogs eat at the same time? If not, then I would change that and feed them all together, if you can. The towel is a good idea too, a sort of visual calming agent!
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:06 PM
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He just randomly started wheezing, I think he ate to fast but he was fine afterwards as I watched him for about 30 minutes before going to bed and still stayed up 30 minutes after that.
I can see how feeding them all at the same time might help but Jr needs food as soon as he goes to his kennel at night. If he doesn't receive a bowl of food he freaks and Buddy Bear is usually still out going potty.
Today I will try feeding Buddy Bear at a earlier time and see if it does any helping at night when they're all in for the night.
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:34 AM
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Maybe you could 'train' Jr to wait without 'freaking out' a few minutes until BuddyBear is inside? Or toss him a little bit while he is waiting for BB. Good luck.
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:16 PM
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Last night I put them in as usual. But I put the towel up on Jr's side as soon as he started eating so it can become they new "normal" he did just fine.
I walk in with Buddy Bear and I actually turn off the lights put him in his kennel and give him his bowl of food. Buddy Bear starts eating, the rest are done. And I go to bed and Jr didn't bark/growl. Now I'm thinking it was cause maybe I stayed I the room but no barking is a small win for now. But I won't be always able to stay in the room as I sometimes put the dogs to bed and I still have things to do.
As for Jr waiting for a bowl of kibble for breakfast and dinner is impossible. It gets me a bit frustrated as he'll whine and bark for a very long time. I've tried waiting him out before his bowl of kibble. But strangely he'll get himself so worked up that he'll vomit it back up. And I feel bad that he gets to that point and I obviously should have done a better job when he was younger. But it almost feels like one day he just started barking if I didn't give him a bowl that second and instead of working with him I dod what was more convenient to me which was give him the bowl of kibble rights there and then. And now I'm paying the consequences so to speak. Also when I let him in during the day after going potty he also sometimes "expects" a treat. But he's not as bad. He doesn't get one every time.
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:39 PM
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Sounds good. A towel draped over the crate is invaluable sometimes. Cuts down on visual excitement. I used one on a chihuahua that was really upset with the headlights when I was on a 1000 mile trip. Worked like a charm. She was a rescue, and I had no idea that she would react that way. Fortunately, a vet tech taught me that trick.
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Old 04-13-2018, 03:29 AM
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So I put them a bit earlier to bed tonight (8:10) but I forgot to turn off the lights when putting in Buddy Bear and Jr didn't bark. I did stay in the room though afterwards. I'm thinking if I should try without the towel. It's been like day 3 with towel and I feel like if I use it longer he might become "dependent" on the towel. Like one day I forget and he goes completely ballistic. But I was watching Jr after and he had his ears perked and staring in Buddy Bears direction and maybe if the towel wasn't there he'd bark/growl. I don't know just yet what'll I do.
Plus a major part is me staying in the room. Me staying afterwards keeps him calm. I'll have to slowly start leaving the room.
I know I'm probably making this a big deal but Jr is honestly very dependent on me and he's never had an issue like this if anything me and my mom are surprised it's not Buddy Bear the "problem child" (usually)
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:44 PM
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I wouldn't be in a hurry to remove the towel. Jr 'perking his ears and staring' at Buddy means in dog 'language' that he is aroused and ready to bark or act out. I would use the towel, and leave the room. See if he barks when the towel is used and you are not in the room.
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