Strange incidents with Shipoo puppy
One day I was home with the puppies when one, then both started screaming, yelping, it was like they were being attacked. It scared me and I yelled and ran out to see what was wrong. They both went under the sofa and I had to pick up the end and turn it over to get near them. They continued to yelp for probably a minute or so but it tapered down to less frantic and less loud yelps. I picked them both up and put them on the bed so I could get a good look at both of them because I was sure they were really hurt. I'd never heard a reaction like that from a puppy/dog before. It was like full-blown panic. I can normally keep my cool and react in a calm, assertive way but it startled me and my heart was racing and I was shaking a bit. I don't know what started it because I was in the den and they were in the hall but I could find nothing wrong with the puppies.
Then yesterday or the day before I was sitting in the living room with my mom and both puppies were on the floor playing quietly and Punkin (our male Shipoo) started yelping in the same way and Peanut then joined in. But since I was there and had experienced it before I was calm and assured my mom to be calm so the yelping quickly died down. I think I escalated the first episode which is why it took longer to calm them down.
Another time this week my dad was outside on the side lawn playing with the puppies when a neighbourhood dog 2-3 houses down started to bark and Punkin started that same frantic type of yelping/barking. I think my dad laughed at him and so it didn't escalate either but it went a bit longer since the other dog was still barking.
Does anyone have any experience or know of what might be the cause of this behaviour? Honestly I started wondering if it was a chemical imbalance in the brain since I know for sure that one event had no real trigger and I strongly feel the first didn't have a trigger like the dog barking one did. Punkin does display behaviour I'm associating with anxiety. While he does bark/whine to get his own way, he whines and gets anxious over other things. Like if he's lying on the sofa with my mom and she gets up to go into the kitchen he'll start whining almost immediately, even if I'm there. She can't go to the bathroom quick in the middle of the night because he'll start whining. He will whine if you get up and move around the room, even if you don't leave and he can still see you. I'd expect a puppy to look in the direction you went and wait a minute before whining a bit but he starts up right away and its intense, not soft. He won't sleep on the bed in the den, just 4 feet away from me with nothing between it and my desk, he whines to go down then sleeps around my feet/desk. It just seems he's insecure or needs to be near people. Dogs are social animals and want to be with their pack but usually with another puppy I would think this would be alleviated a bit, even if for a short while.
We are seeing the vet this week for his next set of shots so I'm going to ask her but I'd feel more sure about what to ask if I had a bit of an idea of what this behaviour is or might be or maybe its nothing.