I need some advise on some unusual behavior! - Sorry for the long message
Many mornings, as I walk to open my room door (Teddy sleeps in my room), Teddy walks half way to the door and seems to be choking. I've mentioned this to the vet and he didn't really seem concerned.
Not sure if he's choking on his own fur (I wake up and either find him standing next to me and staring at me or sitting on my leg and licking himself!). .
Choking isn't daily but probably a few times every few weeks. Does anyone know what this is?
He acts normal - running around the house with his toys in mouth as soon as he stops choking. and yesterday, he stopped choking and walked away as soon as he noticed me watching him!
I had a visitor from abroad and she has a dog. She mentioned that her dog does that too sometimes and her vet had asked her to rub his neck. Teddy doesnt like anyone rubbing his neck or face.
It doesn't last long. Usually under a min but its definitely not something I've seen in other dogs.
Do you know what "reverse sneezing" is? That would be my first guess, and if that's what it is, it's completely harmless. Kodi doesn't do it, but both of my girls do from time to time. They do seem to find it a bit distressing, so I like to help them stop it if I can. With both of them, if I LIGHTLY pinch their nostrils together for a couple of seconds, it stops.
Teddy seems to dream quite a lot. Most nights, I can catch him wagging his tail whilst snoring away... or running/digging whilst lying on his sides (he does this when he is playing on the bed when awake)!
I've once noticed he was trembling and whining. Possibly a nightmare? Should I wake him up if he is possibly having a nightmare?
Yes, all three of mine dream, and do a lot of what we call, "Chasing Wabbits".
We have noticed that there is more of this after a particularly busy day...like if we've been off on a hike or at a trial. I do think this serves a similar function to our dreams, allowing them to "process" all that has gone on. They probably ARE chasing those rabbits they WISH they'd caught during the day!
Kodi occasionally has what I perceive as "bad dreams" where he will whine or (more rarely) actually cry out in his sleep. If he's just whining, usually me just quietly saying "Kodi, you're OK," in a quiet voice, will get him to settle, without even really waking up. Once or twice, (in 8 years, so it's NOT often) he has had a dream that has seemed SO distressing that I've felt the need to get out of bed and wake him up. In those cases, when he woke up, he seemed a bit wild-eyed... Panting and clearly distressed. A little bit of stroking and some quiet reassurance seemed to be all he needed to settle back down to sleep. I've never been able to make a clear connection between those really bad dreams and anything that has been going on.
Digging and rubbing his face
Teddy isn't allowed in my room when I'm at work (for safety of my shoes!). When I get home, he runs into my room and starts rubbing his face on my bed then jumps around, and digs into the air as he lies on his side or back! He even opens the room door himself (or whines) if I don't open the door within 10 mins of getting home.
When we went out of town for easter, he had a big garden to play, dig and run around with the other dogs (he's known all other dogs since he was a puppy). Still, he snuck into the house, rubbed himself on a carpet (which he isn't allowed to be on) and then got on to his back and started digging in the air!
Why not just dig in the garden like the other dogs??
Anyone know what is going on??
I really think this is mostly them just wanting to get our smell (or another "good" smell!) on them. The girls both do this a lot. Kodi does it less, but is more likely to roll and rub on "smelly stuff" outside. Pixel does the strangest thing... And I really think that for some odd reason, she likes the way it feels. She will rub her body back and forth over our leather couches until she is FULL of static electricity, with her hair standing out like a bottle brush. Then she will LEAP off the couch and run, full speed around the house. Then she comes back and does the same thing over again. The little nut!