Urgent answers for old dog
My elderly parents have a sweet 11 year old mutt whose behaviour has suddenly become very strange. She has always been a quiet, obedient farm dog and loved by all for her sweet disposition. She has never been one for crowds or loud noises, but would quietly slip under the bed if she felt overwhelmed ~ not the kind to make a scene, whine or cry for attention.
Suddenly several weeks ago, she got up one night and turned over a trash can and pushed a desk chair across the room. The next night, she did much more 'rearranging' in the bedroom to the point that my folks started putting her out in the sunroom at night. Last night, she managed to turn over a 4 gallon bucket full of water, a large potted plant and push various pieces of furniture around the room. This has been going on for weeks now and every night she seems to find more ways to move things around. She is only 35 pounds and it would take great effort to move some of the things she has, but it's happened just the same.
Up until now, this behaviour was only nocturnal, now she does it when ever she is left alone ~ something she used to love. She has been to the vet and he could find nothing wrong. Has anyone else ever experienced such strange behaviour in an old dog? My parents are reluctant, but feel they may have to have her put down as they are losing hours of sleep every night. It seems that the more they prepare for the night by putting things up, she manages to find more ways to 'rearrange'. Please help ~ no one wants to see this sweet girl put down. Thank you. annie