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All three of my dogs 1, 5 and 8 were getting into a lot of trouble the last month. I think it was because we have had single digit temps, and their time outside was very limited. I find this week the temps are between forty and sixty, they are getting a lot of energy released outside, and behaving better in the house.

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Thank you everyone! I somehow missed these posts. His coat/skin have been great and he hasnt lost any weight, so I think his nutritional needs are being met. We also give him supplements like vitamin e and fish oil, both good for dementia and I do pay close attention, so if I see more changes like anxiety, I'll get him in for a medication. He also gets plenty of exercise, but I will admit that it has decreased with some of the more extreme temperatures! We have lots of puzzle treat toys that Ripley loves, but poor hunter just doesn't get them lol. Ripley also loves looking for treats we hide and hunter again doesn't seem to understand. I do give him raw marrow bones to chew on and it gives him something to work at. He has always been somewhat of a trouble maker in this area, but usually the events are pretty far apart... The past few weeks we have had several incidents, so we are both getting a bit frustrated! Making sure to baby gate him in a safe area when we can't watch him is helping.

I guess in his old age he is just living a little and developing more of a rebellious streak lol . It would be more funny if it didn't havent the potential to create more serious problems.... But his face when I caught him with the rice bag cracked me up lol. Makes it hard to be upset with him for long.

Also, forgot to add that he has noticeable changes in his appearance (same tummy tuck) and no changes in his urination frequency. Eating the rice/chocolate cause changes, but just temporary changes. If anything, hunter doesn't drink enough (not a new problem) so we always add water to his food to ensure he is getting plenty.

Ripley - 4/14/12
Shor'line Off the Beaten Track "Jasper" - 10/01/15
Hunter - 10/21/00-1/25/16
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