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Is Your Hav Afraid of the Dark???

I know this is crazy, but I believe Gracie is afraid of the dark.

At night time, she rings her bell to go outside. When I let her out she just stands at the end of the patio and looks back at me like, "Are you watching me? It's kind of scary out here." Then, she studies the yard carefully and turns around to come back inside without doing anything. Then, she will repeat it again in about 5 minutes - then just maybe she will go if I go out there and stand with her. This is not her routine during the day time. Only at night. When she finally does go - it is poop or a REALLY long pee, as if she has been holding it for such a long time that it is not possible to wait any longer.

She has some other quirks about night time - I'm the only one that can really get her to go potty after dark. Now that we've figured this out, no one else takes her out, but me after dark. Her vision is perfect - she can see things I can't during the day!!

Could she REALLY be afraid of the dark? Are your havs afraid of the dark or is she the only one?

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Karen, Seamus is not as he goes out in the yard at night a does RLH's, but I think Gracie is. I think it is possible and thats what it sounds like. Awwww poor little Gracie. Jeeze this havs such little adorable quirks!!!
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Awww how cute. Saydee doesn't seem to be afraid, but she certainly gets the job done faster at night. She also seems to like it if I turn on the porch light. But then again, in the early evening before bedtime she usually gets RLH and all you can see is a little blur of white patches ripping around out there... I think the slug trails at night get her on a natural high.
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RLH's in the darK?? How funny!!! Gracie high tails it back into the house when her job is done at night time and that often turns into playtime - when she inside a lit house. Maybe it's the relief that makes them feel like they need to RLH??

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Tucker will go outside during the night, but he doesn't stay out for long. However, we get very windy weather here, with the tall, tall pines whipping and crackling. He won't go outside without me then. If I'm not leading the way out the door he'll just stand there and stare at me, "Well? I've got to go...What're ya waitin' for?" I have to go out and stand on the end of the deck and watch untill he's done. Then, it's an Olympic-worthy sprint for the door.

He also detests the rain, and it's rainy here most every day during the Fall/Winter/Spring. He holds it until he can't wait any longer--then, he's more compliant if I go out, too.

If it is windy AND rainy, (not unusual) he just won't go. I'm amazed at how long he can hold it! I watch closely waiting for a break in the rain, then run him out. He's found a dry strip along side the house that is usually protected from the rain that he heads for.

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Olivia is timid and easily frightened. Havanna, on the other hand, is a big dog trapped in a little dog's body! She knows no fear (OK, fireworks do scare her!!). Anyway, Olivia used to be okay going potty outside after dark (my girls have a doggy door). When they would both be outside together, Havanna would inevitably start barking at something, and Olivia would high-tail it back into the house. Now, thanks to her big sis , Olivia is scared of going outside at night and will stand at the door and look at you 'til you let her out. Then, you have to turn on the light and stand where she can see you or she comes right back inside.

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RLH's in the darK?? How funny!!! Gracie high tails it back into the house when her job is done at night time and that often turns into playtime - when she inside a lit house. Maybe it's the relief that makes them feel like they need to RLH??
I don't know about you, but RLH is a nightly occurence at our house. She runs from the carpet to the wood floor and starts sliding... nearly hits the kitchen cabinets over and over again. She's also figured out how to run up DH's leg and then up his chest when he sitting on the couch! She's a CRAZY woman. Saydee-So-Crazy
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I watched a show the other day that says all dogs are naturally afraid of the dark. It was a show on the police dogs that they have to train them in order to go into homes into the dark cause it is against their natural instincts.

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I watched a show the other day that says all dogs are naturally afraid of the dark. It was a show on the police dogs that they have to train them in order to go into homes into the dark cause it is against their natural instincts.
OK - so I'm not crazy!!

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I don't know about you, but RLH is a nightly occurence at our house. She runs from the carpet to the wood floor and starts sliding... nearly hits the kitchen cabinets over and over again. She's also figured out how to run up DH's leg and then up his chest when he sitting on the couch! She's a CRAZY woman. Saydee-So-Crazy
Saydee does sound like a crazy woman!! Gracie makes sure she gets her daily RLH's in also!!!

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