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Generally when a dog changes like this from something he has always done it is because at the time they did it something frightened or hurt them
Can you think back as to what was going on the first time you noticed this?
How about static this time of year, are there carpets ?
Also you mention the boader, could this person have been annoyed at the dog at time it wanted to ring the bell or did ring the bell?
Where in the home does the boarder have access?
While I certainly don't want to lay blame as I do not know this person , I can tell you about dog behavior and when something rewarding stops being rewarding or becomes painful or scary they stop doing it
So when the dog would ring the bell what would happen?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX rang the bell and the reward was you let her out
so when she would go into your room what would happen?
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so that was her reward. Both of these seem like there is no reason for the dog to stop as it was rewarding and pleasant to the dog
I suspect that something has frightened or hurt the dog that the dog is now hesitant to doing either of these things
Check out the dogs body language when at your door wanting to come in what do you see?
Thank you. A mouse would not do that to a dog, they would pick up the scent and follow it in an amusing way. Is there a step to the threshhold?
What breed of dog is this?]
so a big dog that should not have any trouble with walking through a door correct? You checked the feet to see if something
in the pads that may have prevented him from stepping through?
Has there been any changes to your room. anything new?
so the dog is small?
who is going bipolar the room mate?
Oh, well the poodle side and the lab side are prone to epilepsy and there are different variations of a seizure
there are focal seizures where the dog sees things
and this can last days in duration
Yes, I am afraid so,
There can be lip smacking , fly biting (with no flies in the area)
but there are two different things that are bothering the dog, is the bell close to your bedroom door?
okay, so then there may be somthing medical going on that causes him to not want to do those two things. This could be pain, seizure,
or the dog is frightened to do it possibly due to something the room mate did
I would wait watch and take notes. I say take notes because you may find something in common that causes the dog to act this way
that you may not be seeing at this moment because it just happened last night
Take note of the body language , is the tali and ears down, are the eyes half moon, is the dog yawning or lip smacking when it approaches these items ,etc.
The body language can tell you if the dog is frightened , does not really care or if the dog is confused which may be seizure activity
So he is scared, something must have happened. again I don't live there so I can't say anything about who you live with and what may have happened
Try enticing him with treats and see if he will go back to the way he was before
I don't think it would hurt to ask but ask in a non threatening way, not accusatory just say , Hey have you noticed the dog is not acting right and have you noticed any strange sounds that would cause him to be scared? That type of thing
She may actually remember something and that will give you the answer
As long as you are not accusing of anything and seem concerned about the dogs health she should be fine with being observant when she is there
Once rating is completed I would like to set up a free follow up with you in a couple of weeks if that is okay. I would not rule out medical so if the dog does not improve I would suggest seeing your vet
okay great. I will be glad to hear he is back to normal with a bit of training
you are welcome
Is there anything else I can do for you today?
okay have a great day