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Our 6-year-old female chocolate lab has been an angel her whole

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Our 6-year-old female chocolate lab has been an angel her whole life--I don't even remember her going through much of a puppy phase; easily house trained, docile, sweet, obedient. She was originally my parents' dog, and my husband and I adopted her about 6 months ago. Right after adopting her, we discovered that we were pregnant with our first child; we never worried about the dog because she's great around kids. And she has been her normal self, until this last month--suddenly she is pooping in our dining room (regular BM, not diarrhea), barking at night for no reason, and digging up our yard. VERY out of character for her. Her personality hasn't changed otherwise. We are pulling our hair out. We've tried giving her more time outside, making sure we're really consistent with her food time, giving her plenty of attention when she's inside. She seems happy like normal and acts ashamed when she does something wrong--but then does it again the next day. Any ideas?? Our baby will be born in two months and we don't want to be dealing with all these behavioral issues in addition to taking care of a newborn.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jeremy-DVM replied 2 years ago.
I'm Dr. Jeremy. Given your description I would says she's either stressed by something or knows shes going to have a sibling soon, which can stress her. One thing that's worth trying is getting a pheromone collar, they have no order and are safe for people. They release pheromones that there mom's would during nursing to calm everyone down, they do not sedate. There are some other nutria-sudicals that you can get, Zyklene is one, it's milk derived. You can also check out for some other ideas on when the baby arrives.
Please let me know if you need anything else.
Jeremy DVM
Expert:  Jeremy-DVM replied 2 years ago.
Hi Caitlyn,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Mocha. How is everything going?