She's been refusing to come into the furnace room to help me with laundry. She just won't come with me.
When I ask for a paws up on the kitchen chair so I can put her harness on to go out for a walk, she is likely to hide under the kitchen table. I have been refusing to take her out when she does that. She will then later do the paws up, but she won't eat her treats until after she is down from the chair.
Yesterday she spent a while lying under the sofa whining. She also was making noises like she might get sick.
In general she's eating as much as usual. She is still playful and active as well. But I am still forced to conclude that something is wrong.
I haven't been feeling well myself. I've been struggling with migraines and some stomach upsets. Also my hip is very painful but I've been continuing to push myself to be active. I'm not happy with myself when I'm not productive in some way. But it is all quite a struggle.
My guess as to the cause of Molly's issues right now is as follows:
- She is reacting to my physical and mental state. It is confusing her and causing her stress. In reaction to this, she is shutting down and refusing some behaviors.
- I've been pushing her to learn a lot of new behaviors and improve her behaviors very quickly. She's seemed to enjoy our training sessions, but perhaps it has become too much for her. Like kids in school, she needs a bit of a vacation to process and assimilate everything she's learned. The pressure has gotten to her.
- She's still young. She is not yet 2 years old. She is also still intact, so has a potential of hormonal issues on top of normal growth issues.
- I might be doing something wrong. Asking wrong. It is always a possibility. Handler error is far more likely than canine error--if she doesn't understand what I want, how is she going to do it?
To keep her mentally active, we'll work on things she already knows. We'll play. We'll take time to cuddle and comfort each other. I am going to keep listening to Molly and do my best to give her what she needs to be happy and healthy. That's more important to me than any new behavior I could teach her.
If she shows any serious signs of being physically ill, I will consult the vet of course. But at this point her physical symptoms seem to be minor. It is her psychological symptoms that are of more concern. Taking her to the vet for that would just be more stress for all three of us.