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Layla has been driving me nuts...

For two weeks now she keeps looking up at our tv armoire and crying. The only things up there are two candles and three urns containing the ashes of Gwen, Wolfie and Aiyana. I have taken the urns down, shown them to her, talked to her...it just does not stop. All night she looks up there and cries.

We also think she sees dead people :uhoh:... she keeps psycho barking like someone is at the door. What on earth has gotten into her? She is otherwise completely normal... eating, pooping, playing, this just seems to happen in the evenings. It's getting kind of spooky, sometimes I wonder if my dogs are visiting and she can see them. Oh, and she has been much more obedient, but I just thought she was maturing.

any thoughts?

Julie
 

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Sorry i wish i could help! I hope things get better for you and your pup soon! Hopefully someone else on here has some better ideas for you!
 

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Move the urns to a different place in the room and see if anything changes.
 

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Thanks,

I guess I could do that - they have always been there. It's like she just suddenly noticed them a couple of weeks ago. The other dogs are not at all bothered by them being there.
I know my moms dog has an interest in the urn containing their dogs ashes too - at certain times. Maybe they catch a whiff of them or something.

I just worry because Layla is a bit on the fearful side... it is something we are still working on with her.

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I agree, try moving the urns and see if she still barks at that same place or if she now barks where the urns are moved to. Gus is really bad about barking at what we think is nothing. We will stick a tennis ball in the closet and forget about it, and then we can't figure out why Gus is whining and pawing at the closet door 2 weeks later. He's also alerted us that long lost toys are stuck somewhere (a small ball under the refrigerator and a frisbee under the stove!). Or maybe she hears something in the attic if she keeps looking up there.
 

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Thank you,

I should have put a LOL after "she sees dead people"... it's just a joke we have around here now. When she started doing that we would check to make sure nothing was around, shrug our shoulders look at each other and say "she sees dead people".

I would think if it were critters, our Hurley would be going nuts....

I will move the urns to the top of the piano in the livingroom today and see if that helps.

We have checked to make sure it is not lost toys etc... with those she won't leave us alone until we find them. This is kind of intermittent, she will stand there and cry - then go do something for a few minutes and go back and cry again for a while. It is odd behavior... not sure what is bothering her - I sure wish she could talk.

Julie
 

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Selka NEVER forgets ANYTHING!!! If he has EVER had a toy in the pie safe or under the pie safe, or a treat from one cupboard or a their bones were in the pie safe, he thinks they are still there!!!!

He will sit and stare at the pie safe or jump around and get excited if I open the doors!
I tell him, "We don't have any bones" or" there are no toys under there!" but he thinks they are! Maybe he sees ghosts of bones or toys past!

Today when I was doing laundry, I couldn't get his head out of the dryer because he was sure his toys were still in there! I washed them last Friday!

He is an obsessive/compulsive/anal retentive golden!
 

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I would do as others suggested and move the urns elsewhere, if that doesn't work, maybe you could trick her and hide a toy there when she isn't looking and next time she whines/cries at it, pull out the toy? idk if that would work.

Molson sometimes starts barking like crazy at the front door when there is clearly nothing there. Could be the wind or something?
 

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I have found dogs are like children when it comes to whimpering, crying, and that sort of stuff. The more attention you give them when they do it, the more they will do it. Scout will lay on the floor and put on her Pouty Scouty face and let out these sad sighs and cries just so I'll rub her belly. I call it her pity power. LOL!

Another thought, maybe the ashes smell different to her?

Also, does anyone come home within 5 to 10 minutes after she starts barking at the door? My Eskimo dog used to go to the front door about 5 minutes before my dad would get home every time! Only my dad too. She would go crazy and bark and then my dad would show up. He never got home at the exact same time either. He is a salesman and makes his own hours, sometimes he doesn't even come home if he has to travel for business. I swear that dog could hear his car comming from miles away or something.
 
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