I have a yorkie two years old. that I'm keeping this weekend on a trial basis. Seeing if him my other male yorkie gets along. The girl who owns him had a baby and for one reason or another needs to rehome him.
He runs around circling quite a bit when he gets up.I remember reading something about circling ,what does it mean? Anyone? I asked his owner about it and she said he does this when he needs to ggo to the bathroom.It seems like something else to me , he goes around and around really faes ,will take a few steps then stars circling again.
This is a behavior that is commonly found with dogs who have spent the lives living in a small crate/pen. If that's not the case for this dog, then he may just be a goofball or it could be an OCD type behavior. I have a friend who's dog does this and attacks his tail to the point of making it bleed. After numerous tests, etc., they put put him on either amitriptylene or clomicalm (sp?). That was just last week so I'm not sure how well it's working for him or if it needs to build up in the system
***Edited By: crestiemom on 3/10/2006 7:24:32 PM*** Reason: add
does the dog have a head tilt ? if he does it could be a neurological problem but from what you describe it doesnt sound like a classic case. i think it is probably more along the lines of what crestiemom said about an OCD behavior or he may just have to go to the bathroom like joce said.
i had read awhile ago that chasing their tail can be a sign of a seizure disorder but i dont really buy it. keep him for a week or so and see if he doesnt work out of it. if he is penned up alot he may just stop once he is allowed more freedoms.
Actually, tail chasing is one of many different seemingly odd behaviors that can manifest as focal or complex partial seizures. My epi dog does not tail chase, but prior to being put on meds he would fly bite (biting at the air at imaginary flies) and flank attack, both of which are classic focal seizure symptoms. In my friend's case, he had no other classic seizure symptoms, all blood work, etc. came back absolutely normal so his was deemed to be an OCD type behavior. He is a former puppymill rescue and was 4 yrs old at the time of his rescue so it's really not hard to trace back where his anxiety issues come from.
***Edited By: crestiemom on 3/10/2006 8:10:26 PM*** Reason: typo
He doesn't have head tilt. He seems to do it when he gets excited. Also, I know he wasn't cooped up at all, well when she would run errands he would stay in a playpen. He is a cute little guy, take a look.
Oh he is too cute! Was he at a shelter?? I hate it when people "have" to give up their dog b/c apparently, something more imporant came up-a baby. Without even seeing it it would work out! well, I am off topic, so I will gte back on! My Mia Yorkiepoo did that as a puppy. He'd do that before he slept on his bed. He doesnt do it anymroe though. I think he was just doing a "puppy" thing, or he just got over it for some reason. It was pretty cute :)
***Edited By: MommaMia on 3/10/2006 9:25:04 PM*** Reason: add
The dog whisperer had a dog that did this.It was abehavioural problem.He said some dogs learn it form chasing Lazers or flashlights.What he did was put the dog on a leash and had the leash up high and made the dog walk beside him.He took her on a long walk and came back and would give her a correction when she tried to spin.She finally got the message and quit.
My guess is the original owner didn't exercise the dog enough and over time the dog compensated for that by spinning in circles(Out of bordom). Which is why she can get rid of a small dog after 2 years. She probly never really bonded with the dog. If you are locked in a small room for an amount of time, you will walk in circles to, to keep from going crazy. When I develope x-rays at work, you need to stay in this room, in the dark, while the x-rays develope, after a bit I actually find myself walking in circles, I have a hard time standing in one spot for long periods of time. Imagine a Terrier in that position.
He is a mess, I tell ya!!! lol His name is Rocco. We are use to Shadow who is a senior and sleeps most of the time. He is trained to go on a pad. That I'm not to thrilled about. Can he be re-trained to go outside.She said when they went on vacation ,she had to take the pads with her and when they would stop to let him go ,he wouldn't without her putting a pad down. He has never been outside really at all.
No, he wasn't at a shelter. A friends daughter had him and she feels like he is being neglected since her baby was born two months ago. Also he is jealous of the baby.
Well first off sounds like he needs to be expossed to the outdoors. With lots of play time out there so he doesn't like of it as a scarry place. Nothing can go potty in a place it is scared of they can't relax enough. Unless they have held it for hours and it just explosed kind of.
Anyway play outside a lot. Then start to put the pads down outside. When the dog gets use to going outside on the pad then start to make the pad smaller and smaller. Just like you would if you had paper trained the dog.
If should be able to learn to go outside it just will take time. Especally let him our with your other dog. Then he will see your dog going outside and this should help in his outside potty training. Dogs learn a lot from watching other dogs around it.
Good luck just give him time. This is a whole new family and a whole new world to him. You are expecting him to do something he has never really had to do before. Exept the once when they were on vacation.
So think of him as a puppy instead of an adult dog. He might also be running around in circles because the envirnment is so diffrent for him and it has his anxioty up a bit when he wakes up. If you can I would try taking him for a walk and see if that might calm him down a bit.
***Edited By: langniappe on 3/10/2006 11:50:52 PM*** Reason: edited
Thank you Lang, great advice. I was thinking maybe it is possible he has never done this circling before. When I asked her she acted like she didn't know what I was talking about. Could this be possible, that he is just stressed?
Well that would be my guess and would be how I would try and handle it first. Then if it doesn't get better or it gets worse then start to have the vet look at medical things.
It just sounds like he is in a whole new envirnment and doesn't really know what to do. Since you said he did it when he woke up I am thinking then he remebers he isn't home and isn't really sure what he should do or how he should act.
You have another dog he isn't use to being around and then you expect him to go outside. Which from what you wrote it doesn't sound like he was ever expected to do that before. So it is all new to him and it could be a little overwhelming for him at first.
If you ever watch the dog whisper he always says the first thing to do before bringing a new dog into the house is to take it for a walk. Not sure it will work for you since it doesn't sound like he has ever been on a leash. I could be wrong.
So like I said if you can take him for walks I would do that and see if it helps him with his anxity. JMO and what I would try doing.
I do wish you luck with him and give him time to adjust to the new lifestyle.
hello, my 3 month old bichi-poo does this also at bed time he seems to do it more. He doesnt run in circles pur-say but he runs as fast as he can back and forth back and forth from one side of the bed to the other for at least 10 min. You cant get him to stop doing it either you get in his way he will go around you and keep doing it. To me it looks like hes excieted for some reason. But it is obout every night he does this. The same place back and forth around our bed. Its so funny he runs his little heart out. And he is walked and gets alot of exercise and attention, so i really dont know why he does this. He seems to be a hyper pup anyway so i figured it was his way of getting ready for bed..LOL I sure hope he out grows it hes going to wear the carpet out ..