|Barked: Thu Apr 10, '08 10:33pm PST |
|Our 2yr old Yellow Lab Maya has suddenly become afraid of the ceiling fan in our living room. I’d say it started about a week ago, that she would come in the room and stair up at the fan and walk around it to get where she is going. Now if she is in the room on her dog bed, sitting with us or laying on the ground, she will always look up at it every couple minutes. Now if the fan starts moving she will leave the room. If she is on a “stay” in the room she will do the head turned stare of a submissive dog at the fan, and quiver
So, what has changed about the ceiling fan? Well the only thing that I can think of is that we had to put down our cat of 10yrs about 2 weeks ago after fighting Kidney failure for 6 months. During that time we had used the ceiling fan to hold the I.V. bag while doing subcutaneous (sub-q) fluid injections. We would leave it up there sometimes for a couple days, but it wasn’t there all the time. There hasn’t been a bag of sub-q fluid up there for 2 weeks, and now this is starting up.
To through another wrench into the psychological picture, 5 weeks ago Maya had gotten caught on a garden fence while playing fetch and needed stitches. So she had a cone on her head for 3 weeks.
We’re not sure of the correct action to take to correct this problem. We’ve tried several approaches,
1. Do nothing, ignore it and let her over come it by herself. We spend most of our time in the living room and she will come out there eventually on her own.
2. Correct her. Make a noise to distract her when she looks at the fan, just “tsssshh” nothing to scare her, or a “bite” on the neck if she’s that close.
3. Practice obedience training facing so she can see the fan behind me. We do training in the living room any how, so this isn’t much of a change.
4. We’re feeding her now under the ceiling fan. This has not affected he appetite at all, food is gone in a minute or less without hesitation.
More info about Maya, she is an “American standard” Yellow Lab, bred from Field trial’s dogs. She is a very focused dog, and very obedient. She is walked no less than 1 mile every day (mostly off leash), rain, snow, or shine. She goes to doggie day care twice a week. Her worst habit she has is that she is VERY fetch obsessed.
Sorry for being so long winded, but I wanted to be as detailed as possible, so I can get her the best help.
Edited by author Thu Apr 10, '08 10:34pm PST
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