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There are many explanations for this behavior but it is clear that your Cairn Terrier can tell that something is wrong with your older dog and is acting out. It also could be that your cairn terrier is suffering from some urinary and/or fecal incontinence caused by arthritis and age. It is best to have your vet check your cairn terrier to be sure that this is not a medical condition that can be treated. If nothing comes from this, then it may be a behavior issue related to the stress the she is feeling for your other dog. Getting another dog bed that they will not share should help with this terrible situation. I am so sorry about the diagnosis of your older dog....i know this is stressful for your family and your other dog feels this from you making her even more stressed. If there is no medical condition, try a DAP Collar which is a canine pheromone that acts as a calming agent. If this is not enougj, your vet can prescribe an anti anxiety medication for her to get past this stress.Does that make sense to you?
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