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    Default Ohhh Roly.

    So I can do dog health, I can attempt some dog training, I can manage some dog nutrition, but I fail at dog behaviour if I don't encounter it in the office.

    Roly.
    Oh the troubles of Roly. So for the newbies, Roly is 11, and was almost killed by snail bait when he was 10, ever since then, he hasn't quite been the same.
    He used to want to go outside, just to stand in the driveway and bark. I'd bring him back in, 3 mins later, he'd wanna go and bark again.
    He has now stopped that.

    But now he has become incredibly clingy. He will follow me around the house 24/7. If he's sleeping, he will wake up and get up, just to follow me to the bathroom. Its been happening for about 2 weeks.
    Also, I think he is going slighty crazy. Because its been hot, we have had at least one door leading outside open in the afternoon. Roly insists on going outside a door thats closed.
    He'll sit there whining, and there is literally a door open behind him. But then if I start walking to the open door, he realises its open and runs out.

    I only ever crack it when im trying to vacuum or sweep and he's sitting behind me. I've tripped too many times too count.
    Is he just becoming an elderly gentlemen or do you reckon its something else?
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    It could well be a bit of Dementia kicking in, bless his little furry socks, I would take the poor old chappy to the vet just to have him checked over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeiLuver View Post
    It could well be a bit of Dementia kicking in, bless his little furry socks, I would take the poor old chappy to the vet just to have him checked over.
    yep...I was thinking the same! Or decreased hearing and sight maybe

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    Could well be dementia.

    My old Kelpie girl went a bit that way.

    One tip - Don't leave anything around that he can get trapped in or under. Mine spent the day stuck under the outdoor setting because everyone had pushed the chairs in. She literally pushed her way in but couldn't push her way out.

    I came home to a very stressed dog.

    She lived past her 15th birthday, when I eventually had her pts because her heart just wouldn't stop but everything else was going.

    I hadn't realised just how bad she was until I moved house when she was 14. The move completely threw her out of sync.

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    Oh myf, poor Roly, I think I'd be investigating dementia too, Ammy has had it for a while too, like MAC's dog she gets stuck too. I am sure I read somewhere that poisoning can have long term effects on animals, so it may be impacting on Roly.

    A word with your vet I think is the way to go, and just managing Roly's "quirks" at home.

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    Memory loss is the only effect of snail bait that remotely links too Roly, but its not quite like he has memory loss. Its different.
    I don't take Roly to the vet I work at, but I asked my boss if it was possible he had dementia, and he said it was likely. He didn't give me a definate answer.
    I know that dogs with dementia tremble, cold or not. They stare into space and have trouble negotiating their way around the house, doors and stairs. Roly does tremble a fair bit, and that would explain the door negotiating.
    Thanks for your replies guys.
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    Poor Roly, no advice I'm afraid I haven't had any dealings with older dogs but to the little man.
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