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Advice needed on an aging Golden

My Golden Retriever, Titan, is 11 years old. He is a wonderful, gentle, fun loving dog. Recently, he started misbehaving terribly with the following symtoms..

Tearing up shoes and boots when left alone.
Today he ripped up the carpet on the stairs.
Barking constantly when left alone. (we can hear him when we come home).
Peeing and Pooing in the house which he has never done until a month ago.
Very dis-obenient which has never been like him.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Oh wow, I thought either I or someone else had gone into the twilight zone for a minute there.

Sorry no advice as my dogs are younger, you just have a user name very similar to another member and it threw me LOL
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My Golden Retriever, Titan, is 11 years old. He is a wonderful, gentle, fun loving dog. Recently, he started misbehaving terribly with the following symtoms..

Tearing up shoes and boots when left alone.
Today he ripped up the carpet on the stairs.
Barking constantly when left alone. (we can hear him when we come home).
Peeing and Pooing in the house which he has never done until a month ago.
Very dis-obenient which has never been like him.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
From one Titan to another.. I hope you get to the bottom of it.. I would have a blood test ran though to see if something is going on..
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It sounds like he needs to get into the vet's ASAP. Any sudden change in behavior could be medical problems.

He needs a thorough workup with blood work, thyroid panel (complete). I'm sure more experienced people will chime in on what other tests are appropriate.

I wish you the best!
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I agree with Penny's mom. I would take him to the vet and have a full thyroid panel done. Sudden behavior changes can be one of the symptoms.
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Definately. Directly to the vet. Bloodwork for sure. Sudden changes in behavior--particularly in older dogs isn't good. Hopefully, it's something that a pill can resolve.

Our thoughts are with you!

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KC has been doing two of the things, peeing and not listening. She will be going in for bloodwork. We joke that she is getting alzheimers. I know with Deja when she got old she would have accidents and after testing the vet said she just didn't have the muscle control anymore. I had to make sure I put her out as soon as I got out of bed or she wouldn't make it. My African Gray I lost in the fire thought the greatest joke was to call her name and ask her if she wanted to go out around six thirty in the morning on weekends and then laugh when I would have to stumble out of bed to quickly put her out. I would then be up for the rest of the day due to once up I can't go back to sleep.
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Thanks so much for the amazingly quick responses. I am taking Titan to the Vet in the morning. I will let you all know the results.

What a great group.
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Best of luck!

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Definitely and be sure to let us know!
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