reply to post by Zezima
Shame, poor doggy, I really hope it's not the doggy Alzheimers. You know what also helped my dog, she's a husky, and in the wild they would dig
themselves dens in the snow. She seemed to be crawling into corners under things etc, like under my computer desk, which is is closed on 5 sides
leaving only one side open, in the wild that's exactly how their dens would be, closed on all sides, leaving only one small opening for them to crawl
through. So that's what we did, we built her a den, we made it a school project (we do home-schooling with our kids) it took us the whole day, but
we built her a den that we could move around put it outside if she wants to be outside, or inside if she wants to be inside, and at night as well as
when it rains, it's easy to move it around for her, we put her blankie inside for her too, she gave it two sniffs and crawled inside and voila,
she's a happy little camper.
After reading up about the sun-downers, and watching her behavior, noticing that she seemed to forgotten her normal little quirks and fears during
that time, and noticing that what seemed left over was her basic instincts, we decided to build her a den, because that would go back to her basic
instincts. Maybe try and do that for your little one, give him a place where he can feel safe that would resemble what his basic instincts would tell
him his safe place should look like. I tried to put myself in her shoes, I think in her mind, during that time, it's very scary for her, she
doesn't understand what's going on with her, she doesn't understand instructions, she only understands what's embedded into her genetic code, and
she might not even be able to understand that, but it would feel right to her, she's looking for a place where she can be safe, while her mind is not
feeling so well and everything seems scary and confusing, her instinct would be to get somewhere safe and quick, because she might feel that she
cannot defend herself while she feels this way. And it worked, now when the sundowners starts, she gets her meds, and she wants her den, she's still
panting and her whole posture is still like she's completely scared out of her wits, but she's in her den where she feels safe, so she's not
running around with suicidal tendencies, then the melatonin kicks in, and she goes to sleep. Just make sure your little one has plenty of water.
During those episodes of my one, I noticed she's drinking a hell of a lot of water.
I'm just mentioning it, because you mentioned that he is crawling into corners, under tables, and digging at the carpet. He might just be looking
for a safe place while he's destroying your house. He doesn't mean to, he's just confused and scared. Whether it's the Alzheimer or not, he
seems to want to be somewhere safe, so try to provide him with that as best you can. My little one used to have just a bed, but it wasn't covered on
all sides leaving only one opening for her. So her bed wasn't making her very happy during those times.
While he's at the vet's kennels next week, ask them to check him for it, just to be sure. And yes, please do keep us updated. And if you come up
with other ideas on how to calm him, if he does have the doggy Alzheimers, please do share them. They can be a huge handful when they start going
through that, and quite destructive. Good luck.