|Barked: Tue Apr 23, '13 2:34pm PST |
|I have to agree with Onyx - it could be arthritis, or something else similar.
Honestly though, he simply sounds like he's not very comfortable with the kids being all over him, and it may be time to teach them to give him some space. He's giving a clear warning, and if they don't heed that warning - it could result in a situation that nobody wants to be in. Supervise, supervise, supervise. And be his advocate. Step in for him when you feel he needs the space and get the kids to leave him alone and go do something else.
If this behavior is sudden, a Vet check may be warranted. However, if it's just been gradual, it's more than likely that he's simply getting tired of having kids all over him. Many dogs ARE NOT comfortable with it, and DO NOT enjoy it, and only tolerate the behavior of children(not to say there aren't dogs that do enjoy it of course), so it sounds like it's time to step in, and teach the kids some boundaries with the dog.
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