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    Hi, I have a 15 year old Chihuahua, on occasion he will come up to me looking like he wants to go outside or play. When I follow him he ends up going to his bed and stops. Can anyone help me understand this? Thanks

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    Welcome rickens

    We used to have an "animal communicator" on this website - but they haven't been in for a long time. It was fun while it lasted.

    So I'm no mind reader of Chihuahuas... or even my own dog really.

    When you follow him, and he goes to his bed - what do you do next?

    a) Turn around and go back to what you were doing?
    b) Give him a pat and a scratch before doing a)
    c) talk to him then do a)
    d) something the dog enjoys
    e) something the dog hates
    f) something else?

    That might be your clue.

    So my dog is a grand fibber. She has learned - at the park - if she acts pleased to see anyone (or dog) at the park - I will let her off lead to play (well I used to)... If I let her off, she ignores the people / dogs she was flirting with - and nicks off to the playground to forage for food (usually lots to be had) and as a special bonus for me - does a big crap in the middle of the playground - just to make sure all the other dogs know it's her food stash. And I get to clean up after her. Not fun.

    She will also come running into the office when I'm at home, and do the full on Lassie follow me performance, if I follow her - she goes outside and then looks like she's forgotten all about me. Sometimes she invites me to go mouse hunting with her.

    Most of the time - it's to let me know she's just done a crap in the back yard and it's time for me to do my thing (clean it up - so we don't accidentally step in it because we both hate that). And sometimes - I swear she just wants me to be out there in the sun with her doing nothing much. Like she needs a look out or something.

    If I don't move she jumps on me and yells in my ear. Sometimes she will go and fetch shoes. Usually from different pairs... If I still ignore her - she will destroy the shoe (or sox) or what ever it was she fetched.

    At least she asks first.

    So does any of that help? Dogs are opportunists and they will train you to do their bidding even if they don't really know what it is they want you to do.

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    He is 15 yo, maybe he suddenly feels like a play and then decides it is too much for him. However it would be worth perhaps having a vet check just to keep and eye on his health and make sure there is nothing wrong. If he has formerly been quite active it is good to check if it is just old age slowing him down or something else. A change in behaviour of an older dog is always worth a check.

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    Welcome to the forum rickens,

    15 yrs old...sounds like dementia to me brought on by old age. My GSD Rex (12.5 yrs) has the same problem...sometimes he doesn't know where he is. He'll stand in the middle of the yard with a strange look and I'll say "Come on Rex it's dinner time" and he just stands there...so I have to get him.

    Most of the time he sleeps now and when I say to him "Rex you have to go wee wee (yes that's what I say) he'll get up very slowly because of his wobbly back legs and walk a few steps and just stand there...so I have to take him outside then tell him again to go wee wee then he does.

    Sometimes he'll poo inside now...day or night sometimes in his bed...two reasons for this...dementia and he can't get up without help. So these are some of the joys of having an old dog but I'd rather have an old dog than to loose him at a young age to cancer as I did with my GSD Tara.
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    Sounds to me like Dogman could be in the right of it. That sort of confusion is often a sign. The dog is not distressed from the sound of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    Sounds to me like Dogman could be in the right of it. That sort of confusion is often a sign. The dog is not distressed from the sound of things.
    Rex gave me real scare a few days ago...he wouldn't eat his breakfast...he has done this a few times in the past but always eats it an hour or so latter but not this time and wouldn't eat his lunch either.

    The first thing I did was check his lips to make sure they are pink...which they were and put my hands on his ribs and couldn't feel them so I know it's not Hemangiosarcoma.

    To our relief later that day Rex ate a dog biscuit then he ate his tea...maybe he was just a little off but seems to be back to normal now for his age. I know his days are numbered and not sure how much longer I'll have him...all I can do is keep an eye on him and make him as comfortable as possible.
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    that's very sad Rex.

    Chi do live a long time but 15yo is also a long time for a dog.

    I'm kind of expecting mine to live to between 14 and 18 yo because that's how long cattle dogs I've lived with before have lasted.

    Mum's old dog - she couldn't find her dinner bowl and she was pretty much blind - crashed into things, stopped recognising people - I think her sense of smell was last to go (I think she could still feel touch but couldn't see, hear or smell anything) and she wouldn't stay lying down if we moved she had to come with us - which made getting another coffee traumatic for everyone.

    Trouble was Mum was in denial about whose dog it was and my sister was in denial about the dog's quality of life - easy for her cos she lived interstate.

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