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Strange behavior in 9 year old Lab

April 5th, 2012, 02:22 PM
For the past few months my 9 year old black Lab has been acting very strange. He wants to sleep in the garage with the oil furnace and oil tank amidst tools, wood shavings, and recyclables. It is a very small space and concrete. I finally gave in and put his bed in there, which made him content. When the wearher started getting colder, I moved him back in the house, and after a few weeks of him whining to go back, he started sleeping in the bath tub. He has a run outside and does not want to come in the house unless it is time to eat. I feel like he knows something about the house that we don't. His vet has given him a clean bill of health. Anyone have any ideas for me. His behavior is very anti- social. Very different that his usual puppy like, active self.

April 5th, 2012, 02:41 PM
First off welcome to the forum - glad you found us and posted here!

I hope others have better suggestions than the one I'm about to give :fingerscr....but I'm wondering if this might be the very beginnings of canine dementia or CDS. Did you discuss this possibility with your vet?

(I edited the title of this thread for clarity - thx Marko Admin)

April 5th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Ok, well this might sound $tupid... But are you using a new cleaning product? Ive seen this with cats but never with dogs but you never know lol If your using a new cleaning product, it might bother your dog to the point that he doesnt want to be in the house...?

Please guys, no laughing!!! :o :laughing:

Dog Dancer
April 5th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Both good thoughts really. No laughing Bastien. Good luck with your old boy. I agree it could be either of these things.