Sleepless In Cedarburg

by Rod
(Cedarburg, WI)

Heidi Rose

Heidi Rose

Our 8-year-old mini, Heidi Rose, has slept in bed with us since she was about 6 months old and always slept completely through the night. But lately she has developed an annoying behavior that really has us stumped and sleepless. Almost like clockwork she will wake up at around 2 a.m., jump off the bed and paw at either the bedroom door, dresser or the side of the bed itself. We assume she wants to go outside and do her business. But when I open the bedroom door she will either just stand there or take a few minutes and then leave the room. Sometimes she will go outside and pee or poop but when we return to bed the pawing begins again. We've tried crating her but she will paw at the crate door and also bark. We got a new mini puppy, Molly Blue, last December but this behavior began before Molly's arrival. When Molly arrived, the two got along immediately and play constantly either gentle roughhousing, playing tug-of-war with a rope toy or just running after each other in the house or yard. Molly, now 6 months old, defers to her as the alpha. Heidi just had her annual checkup five days ago and our vet of 16 years reported that she is in excellent shape. I have found that if I can coax her to another room she'll still be restless for about a half hour but them go to sleep. If I take her to bed right then she will sleep the rest of the night. Has anybody run into something like this that isn't diabetes related?

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May 09, 2016
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I've a question for you!
by: Linda and Max

Hi Rod,
Can I ask you, how much does Heidi weigh and how many mg are you giving her a day -just at night or twice a day?

Thanks in anticipation.

May 09, 2016
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good to know
by: Linda and Max

Thank you for the update.
I hope it works out, and I will take a look at Melatonin as it may help with Max's separation anxiety.
Best wishes.

May 06, 2016
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Sleepless in Cedarburg
by: Rod and Sandy G

We've moved Heidi's and Molly's kennels to another room and fastened a thick towel to Heidi's kennel door. That's to keep her from hurting herself if she pawis at the door while we're(hopefully)sleeping at last. We're also going to give her 3 mg of Melatonin in the late evening and always have their meals served at the same time daily. Thank you and Schnauzer Nation for taking the time to look at our dilemma.

May 06, 2016
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Strange behaviour from Heidi
by: Linda and Max

Hi Rod, this is a strange one. It sounds like it could be behavioural rather than physical if she doesn't need to go outside.
Schnauzers can be odd at times as they crave your company and attention. Has she been ignored at all? Has anything else changed in the household?
The only other thing which springs to mind is a slight stroke, but this is probably not likely as it's the same time every night, other signs are confusion and staring into space.
Max went through a strange phase of hiding in the bushes and trembling in the garden for no apparent reason when we was about 8 or 9 but he has grown out of it now.
Sorry not to be more helpful.
Any other readers come across this?

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