My dog is up all night. How do I deal with this?

My 1yr old pom gets me up al night long. I have figured to play. I don't want to crate him because he is crated all day when i am at work . Any suggestions i even bought over the counter anxiety meds. I give him bones, but he still chews on clothing and shoes, and the cats help.

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Your dog is probably a young and energetic older puppy who still needs lots of socialization and activity. Because it sounds like you are away most of the day, as many of dog owners are these days, he still has plenty of energy when you return. This energy exceeds your capability to take care of it in the evening leading to your dog being up all night. The solution is to crate him when you are trying to sleep. If you do not do this and he continues to have destructive habits at night, you are only encouraging the development of these habits. A solution you should consider is finding alternative ways for him to be busy during the day so that he will be more able to sleep at the appropriate time. Many cities have reputable dog day care facilities available for people such as yourself. Here your dog can have supervised play time throughout the day with compatible dog and human playmates. If this is not available to you, there are many long lasting treat toys designed to keep dogs busy during day time crate stays. An exceptional toy in this category is the original Kong. You can find an appropriately sized Kong at most pet stores. These can be stuffed with food treats to keep your dog busy. One popular method is to fill the Kong with small amounts of peanut butter and lots of mashed banana and freeze it overnight. In the morning you will then have an attractive toy that will keep him busy for at least a few hours while the mixture thaws.

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    My 7 month old female puppy is acting weird. She acts tired all the time. She doesn't want to play and lays down on her side whenever she gets the chance. She won't play with my other puppy; is this a sign that shes going into heat? Or is it a bigger problem? She did eat some crayons earlier but then she pooped them out and barfed them up. She always used to follow me around the house and she still does but then just lays down as soon as I stop. I try and play with her and she has no interest. Should I be concerned? Thank you for your help.

  • My dog licks me all the time. How can I stop her?

    I recently purchased a rescue dog and she is amazing in almost every way except that she never stops licking me. This is very annoying when done ALL of the time. She is supposed to be Chow and Retriever mix. Thank you!

  • My dog limps and is sluggish. What do I do?

    Hi I have a 3 year old pit bull, and she has been very sluggish, sleepy and limping all day yesterday and is the same this morning. Should I wait another day to see if this passes? She won't eat her food but she will eat dog treat I give her.

  • Preventing my dog from digesting their hair

    I really try to take good care of my dog,and look for help online a lot,because I can't afford a vet all the time.I think she could have excema,but I am really concerned about all the hair I found in her stool.I could barely separate it with a stick there was so much hair.She has long hair and last week she had chewed a sore place at the top of her tail,so I cut the hair halfway down toward the tip and all around her buttocks short so I could keep an eye on what was going on.Need some home ideas.

  • My dog is acting strangely. What's wrong with my dog?

    My dog is a 2 year old Australian Shephard/American Bulldog/Pitbull mix. Today she has been extremely tired, she is moving very slowly and shakes when she moves, and is shivering from time to time. I haven't seen her eat or drink anything but a small treat in the last 24 hrs. I can tell she is not herself; she is usually a very happy go lucky dog but she is just not doing anything. She barely wants to go outside to go potty. I know she is sick but not sure how or why.

  • Cat aggression question: Male cat killing kittens?

    We have quite a few outside cats. Four litters have been killed overnight, assumably by a rogue tom who also appears to be fathering the kittens. (He is an all white tailless.) We have found them either headless or with puncture wounds near the nest. We have two litters about a week old only a couple days apart in cat kennels now outside the backdoor. We lock them in to prevent the male from getting to them. What age can we stop worrying about the males killing the kittens?

  • unfixed male acts like spayed female is in heat. Why?

    My spayed female pitbull/white boxer mix has a sore or scrap close to her anus. I also have a her brother who is not neutered. For the past three days the male has been following her around like she is in heat. I am trying to keep the area clean so that it can heal but he is constantly licking it. I'm not sure what to do because he is not eating and not drinking very much water. I am not able to take her to a vet right now so I am hoping I can at least get an opinion.

  • Dog yelps for no reason

    My dog yelps sometimes when he gets up or laids down. He has been sneezing. He has a reverse sneezing episode this weekend. I check his ears for infection but didn't see wax or smell any bad odor. He has no limp or any other signs of abnormality on his body.

  • Housetrained dog pooping and peeing in house

    my house broken poodle just started to poop and pee in the house. even after he has just been outside, he is 8 years old. what could be causing this to happen?

  • Why does my puppy grunt when he's picked up?

    I just recently got a 7 week old wolfdog pup, he's already had a vet check and we were told he has no health problems. He doesn't bark or whine only makes a weird grunting noise when he's picked up. Could this be a sign of something serious?

  • Suddenly showing signs of aggressive dog behavior

    5 year old beagle mix has started showing aggressive behavior to other animals including ones she grown up with, also a recent weight loss.

  • My dogs whining. Why?

    My 12 yr old yellow lab is moaning and whining. He's not eating as well as he usually does. He is still drinking plenty of water but he lays around and whines. What could be ailing him?

  • What is it when diabetic dogs pee without knowing it?

    My Labrador is diabetic but she is peeing without knowing does she have an infection? What can it be?

  • Dog sleeps with feces?

    I have a 5 month puppy (Jack Russell mix) and he likes to get a mouth full of feces and put it in his bed and lay down on it. I thought that if i did a better job of keeping his area cleaned that this would stop. He has only found ways to do this at night. So my husband and I have been putting him in our room at night, that seems to help. Any suggestions?

  • What can I expect from my dogs pregnancy?

    She's 1 month pregnant, is it normal for her to cry, and pace back and forth? What is expected from pregnant dogs? She's a toy poodle. I'm a little concerned. Thank you.

  • How long should dog dehydration last?

    I believe my dog has heat stroke/is dehydrated. He will drink water and I have limited it to him in smaller amounts because at first he would drink a lot and then throw up. How long will it take for him to get back to normal?

  • What is a good dog anxiety treatment?

    My mother has a dog who according to our vet has anxiety/separation issues. During these episodes he experiences heightened anxiety levels, he paces and most worryingly his tongue protrudes vigorously causing him to choke. Our vet prescribed acepromazine for these episodes but it does not seem to help, do you have any better suggestions? Thanks, John

  • Dog behavior: puppy won't eat because of older dog?

    My puppy is 7 weeks old and we have another dog who is 7 years old. She doesn't like the new puppy and the puppy looks like hes scared to eat cause of our other dog. Is that possible?

  • Dog's aggression escalating?

    I have an 18-month old male great dane, spayed. As a puppy, he jumped on kids and mouthed me, generally in a playful manner. He has passed that stage. He lies down when he sees other dogs and then jumps up to play. Never growls around food, bones, toys, etc. Recently, he began growling at dogs in our neighborhood. The behavior is escalating & he now totally loses it with most dogs in our community. He is still fine outside the area, but subtle signs are beginning. What's happening? Help.

  • My dog's head shakes, tremors after accident. Why?

    We recently took our dog camping with us and she ended up falling down a hill and then ended up skidding to a stop on her head, had few cuts but other than that she seemed fine. We got home about 3 days later, bathed her & cleaned her ears. The next morning she started having these head tremors when lying down. I have been trying to look some information, some say its head trauma others say its ear problems. I'm just wondering what it could be & what I should do for her? She is a 1yr old boxer.

  • Veterinarian schooling needs?

    Just need to know the basics... costs (how to deal with them), what to do as a high schooler (job, Experience, etc.) to get into vet college.

  • My dog's behavior has changed recently

    She occasionally shakes, not eating normally, stands in one place and looks around for long periods of time and does not play with her toys which she always does. Any idea on what could possibly be wrong?

  • Dog sleeps constantly and hasn't eatin in 3 days. What's wrong?

    He shakes and sleeps all day.

  • Limp dog problem for 30 minutes. Causes?

    Miniature Pincher. This morning my dog vomited, and then lied outside (which is something he does not do). When I found him he was limp and losing his bowels as I carried him. He was very weak for 1 1/2 hours. He seems to be better now. Following me around the house. Can you possibly know what might have happened to him?

  • Dog behavior change in my lhaso apso?

    I have a lhaso apso a little over a year old and has been giving me problems lately. As a puppy she never gave me problems when potty training her and recently she has been peeing and pooping in my guest bedroom and my bedroom. She understands that she is not allowed to go into either room and still sneaks off as soon as I don't have my eye on her. Her sister, whom I also have, has been whimpering a lot and constantly wants to be with me. What can be causing these sudden changes?

  • Dog behavior change after new dog joins household

    My pit bull has been acting a little different for the last couple of days. He is still a puppy and there has recently been a younger pup added into the mix. My pit hasn't been acting like his usual self the last three or four days. He has been using the bathroom more at night in the bedroom than during the morning. He is house-trained and usually waits until we are awake to take him out. He isn't eating or drinking water either. And moping around. What could be wrong with him?

  • Bad dog dreams leading to aggression

    She is a wonderful dog, gets along well with other dogs and is inseparable to my yellow lab. However, when she goes into what I call a deep sleep at night she will dream and she whimpers and cries and will wake up and immediate attack my other lab. They have had 4 fights, most recent was just last week for which I received 12 stitches and a broken finger on one hand and 4 stitches in the other hand trying to separate them. I have tried the water trick... does not work~HELP

  • Unusual dog behavior: gathering toys and laying in closet?

    We have a 2 year old Fila.She stays in the house a lot but also enjoys being outside.The past few days she has started gathering her toys and trying to lay in our closet.This is very strange for her. We took her to her vet Monday and he said she had a virus. He gave her shots and medicine to give her at home. He said she would be better in 24 hrs. She isn't.Don't know what else to do.

  • Dog biting due to separation anxiety

    We have a eight year old Papillon that has started biting us when we leave him alone. We started taking him everywhere we went in a bag and still do even to this day. But there are times that he cannot go with us and so now he has become aggressive to even biting us when we leave and having separation anxiety.I know we created this behavior and now need to know what actions are needed to help him. Marlene

  • Why does my dog eat my other dogs' poo?

    I have 2 chihuahuas and a poodle. The male chihuahua will eat the other 2 dogs' poo if I don't pick it up immediately. Poodle is 4 . Chi's are 8 and litter mates.

  • Dog behavior: How to make a dog less timid?

    Is it possible to make my dog less timid? He is really submissive and always wants too much attention. He will come up from behind and put his nose on people's hand and then when they try to pet him he shys down. He won't even play fetch or tug-o-war.

  • My doberman dogs legs have trouble standing up. What's wrong?

    The dog walks and runs ok. Just trouble getting up from lying down.

  • What causes dog aggression problems?

    I have four dogs one shitzu and two of his pups they are mixed with dachshund and two years old. I also have a six week old lab. Three boys one girl. All fixed but the new pup. The girl is becoming very aggressive she is biting me and fighting she has been doing this since her mom passed two days before Christmas. I don't want to have to find another home but she has bit my face and three or four times on my leg if I cant get her under control my husband said i will have to get rid of her.

  • How can I stop my dog chewing on her leg?

    I have a 5month old blue nose pit. Lately I have been noticing her constantly gnawing away at her legs. Also it seems that there are spots of hair missing from her arms and legs. Almost seems as if shes going bald just in those areas. I'm just a little concerned hoping she hasn't caught some form of a skin infection. I would appreciate your help. Thank you.

  • Dog feet licking. Is it dog OCD?

    5 weeks ago our dog was hit by a car. He lost three teeth, no broken bones. He is almost fully recovered,except he now licks his feet front and back until they are wet and whatever he is sitting on is to. He never did this before. Does it have something to do with being hit in the head so hard?

  • What are common dog pregnant signs?

    About three weeks ago i noticed my dog was producing milk she continues to suck on her nipples and lick herself she really is not that big but she sleeps and lies around all the time. and her nipples hang more then they did before how can i tell if she is pregnant she was in heat about 6 weeks ago i never saw her with another dog but my neighbor has a dog that let loose do they have to get stuck together to get pregnant and her stomach is a little darker around the nipple area.

  • My old dog hyperactive in evenings. How to treat?

    a 17 yr old dog gets restless in the early evening, wandering around and whining. Taking her walks , feeding, etc. doesn't make a difference. She is currently on cantharis for an ongoing bladder problem which is working well.

  • Dog behavior: snapping

    I have a 5 year old female cockapoo that was a rescue. Lately she has been snapping for no reason. Example: my cousin and her family came to visit and her 16 month old son was crawling around. I don't know if she thought he was going to attack her and she snapped at him. Another example is i went to scratch the side of her ear and she snapped at my hand. She later came up and loved on me. It would brake my heart if I had to get rid of her, I just don't know what to do. M.L.

  • How can I stop my dog being mounted by other dogs?

    I have a 19 month old male black lab who I have had for 3 months. He is a rescue dog and is quite small in size. He was neutered by the RSPCA. When I walk him over to the park, other dogs seem to love to mount him and he finds it quite distressing. Is there anything I can do to make Charlie not a target by the other dogs?

  • My dog shakes when there are other dogs in the house. Why?

    He shakes and tries to climb on your lap, but when he is out for a walk and see's another dog he wants to fight it.

  • Dog lethargy? He doesn't want to eat and is just laying around.

    My dog doesnt want to eat and is just kinda laying around. What do I do?

  • How can I treat my hyperactive dog?

    My beagle is so active and won't settle down, my two grandsons dont play with her cause she wants to attack and jump all over anyone that trys to pet and talk to her. What kind of over the counter medicine can I give her?

  • Why are my dogs attacking my cats?

    About a month ago the dogs attacked one of the cats again. They do this when we're not home so i have no idea what caused it or who started it. We've been in this apartment for 2 years the one dog has lived with the cats for 3 years and the other dog for 2 years. We even had a litter, nothing happened then either

  • Why does my dog drool so much after exercise?

    I have a yellow lab who is almost 5 years old. For the past 6 months after he does strenuous exercise he has excessive salivation. I took him to the vet and he had his teeth cleaned and they scoped him. They found tonsillitis. He has finished his round of antibotics and is still on temoral P. Today he was out running for a couple of hours and is drooling excessively. He is not overweight and is in pretty good shape. Any suggestions?

  • Adult dog not potty trained. Our dog is pooping and peeing in house. Why?

    We have had our 2-year-old (non neutered) rottweiler for over a year. We have a 6 month old baby and have just moved into a new house. The dog keeps urinating all over the house and deficating in the baby's room. He shows nothing but affection for the baby, but no matter what we do, we can't stop him from peeing and pooping in the house.

  • Dog howling at night?

    My 8 year old Scottie has started howling at irregular times during the night. He is a gentleman of long established excellent behaviour, and I cannot think of an explanation or cure for this behaviour. Nothing has changed in his environment.

  • Discouraging puppy humping after neutering

    Even though my puppy has been neutered, he still humps. Is there a way to discourage this?

  • My dog shakes when she sees a certain person?

    My dog trembles and hides when seeing a certain person. She knows this person and has never trembled until now?

  • Dog and puppy typical relationship behavior?

    Our Boxer has had a litter of 6 pups. They are now 8 weeks old and we are keeping one of them (a boy). The rest have now gone to their new homes so have been letting our boy into the rest of the house with his mum. However, mum seems to always want to fight with the pup (I think it's play fighting) but it can sometimes get a bit rough, she never leaves him alone and she always seems to want to stand over him. Is this normal?? How long will it be before they settle down - can we do anything?

  • Escalating dog anxiety

    My 4 1/2 yr. old Lab seems to be having escalating anxiety problems. We are a retired couple who are home with the dog constantly. We take him to the dog park daily to interact with other dogs. He is somewhat timid, but he likes to chase, but not be chased. We got him from a breeder at 12 wks. & he has never had a trauma that I am aware of. He is afraid of vacumn cleaners, lawnmowers, etc. He pants & shakes & recently has started these reactions if we try to do any chores at all. Help!

  • Medication for dog anxiety?

    Our 8 year old Yellow Labrador is terrified of thunderstorms - she shakes and cannot relax. What would you recommend to help her through storms (and the 4th of July)?

  • Dog separation anxiety after moving

    We have a four pound, one year old male maltese. We crate him any time we need to leave the house. He had no problem with this for a while, but when we moved to a new city he started showing signs of separation anxiety - high pitched barking nonstop, chewing on the wire crate, sweating, etc. He knows to use the pee pad when inside, but I am worried he will be destructive, eat things he shouldn't, etc if we leave him out. If we do leave him out, do you have any tips? Any info would be helpful!

  • Dog hates loud noises after hearing fireworks?

    Our dog was 1 when he was scared to death by fireworks. He is 5 now.New years we sedate him. But every loud noise outside, he runs under the bed and shakes.Very high strung now.He is a terrier mix/15 pounds, and underweight because he is so hyper. He wasn't like this as a puppy. We have tried everything. I love this dog. His name is Peanut. Thank you...Debbi

  • What to do about two female dogs in heat and fighting?

    I have two sister dogs who are both in heat. They are fighting visiously with each other. Is there anything I can do to make it stop?

  • Dog behavior - car aggression

    We can no longer keep our 15 month old german shepherd/belgium mix in the fenced in yard because of his behavior toward cars and trucks. He runs up and down the fence, barking madly, jumping at the fence and snapping his teeth. The neighbors have filed complaints and say they are terrified of him. This happens even when we are in the yard with him. It is a little better, he no longer barks at vehicles unless they go down the road beside our property. Walks are almost impossible. Help!

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