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Old 12-07-2004, 07:42 PM
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Default Emotional Problems?

Hi, everyone! I have a little situation with Chili, and I'm not sure what to think of it! She's a nervous little dog much of the time, especially when my husband and I both can't be in her sight. Last week was particularly busy for both my husband and I, and I can't say that we were able to spend as much time with her as we wanted. However, we've had weeks like that in the past and Chili has handled them well. Since this Friday, we can't both leave her sight without her barking and howling like crazy. When we are all downstairs together, she kind of gets a "snooty" attitude with us if we are just sitting and relaxing. She wants us to play with her...no lying around or sitting on our laps or anything like that. She's been very needy, but the main problem is that she has woken me up the past two nights at almost exactly the same time barking and howling. The first night, I took her downstairs to calm her down, and all she wanted to do was play. The second night I decided that it would be a good idea to just let her "cry it out" and she finally stopped after almost an hour. What could be causing this abrupt change in her? I feel like we are letting her down somehow, but I don't know what to do about it! Nothing has changed with our routine, other than we bought her Christmas presents and let her see them before we wrapped them up for her and put them under the tree. We've gotten back to a less hectic routine, and we are spending as much time with her as we ever have. Anyone have any suggestions, insights, information...I would really appreciate them! I hate seeing (and hearing) Chili so distressed!
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