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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with interest in Canine health. What you have described sounds like the onset of Sundowners Syndrome in dogs. As a dog ages they start to loose cognitive function like humans. The get a problem Called Cognitive Canine Dysfunction. The first thing that should be done is a senior check up to rule out any medical issues. Once this is done Montana can be put on some medication to help if Sundowners is the problem. Dogs who have Sundowners will awaken at night and show strange behaviors from running and pacing to howling and barking. We can use aroma therapy, music and lighting to help calm the dogs. There is medication like Seligene that is used to also help. I suggest a Vet visit for the senior blood work and check up to rule out the medical and then speak with them about treatments and what conditioning can be done to help. This is some information on Sundowners Syndrome: http://www.ehow.com/about_6675976_sundowner_s-syndrome-dogs.html
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