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    James has been a bit antsy this evening.

    He's been panting, which I'm pretty sure is anxiety rather than heat. Wandering around, sniffing a bit and looking generally bewildered, like he thinks he should be looking for something but can't quite put his finger on it. And what I'd almost call comfort chewing - he would take my hand or collar (or anything) into his mouth and then just hold it there as opposed to his normal, "I want to play" biting.

    He's also managed to tear out a corner of the flyscreen, which I'm not sure is related, but is annoying nonetheless

    He's asleep now, but it was concerning and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts as to what's causing his discomfort?

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    without being there I can tell you. Sorry. Maybe someone else can help

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    Has he been eating and drinking as normal?
    Has he been toiletting as normal?

    How do his gums look? Nice and pink or do they look pale?

    Could he have chewed or eaten something he shouldn't?

    What's been happening today, anything out of the ordinary, ie noisy neighbours, thunderstorms etc that might have given him a scare?

    Hmm that's all I got for now!

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    Has anything changed in his environment? Moved any furniture, moved anything in the yard?

    Are you particularly anxious about anything?

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    Nope. Nothing out of the ordinary with him. Kerbside collection time so there's now a large pile of furniture near his normal pooing spot which intrigued him, but that's all. He didn't seem bothered, more disappointed that I made him come inside before he'd adequately explored.

    Eating very well. Drinking a tad more than normal but it was hotter today than it has been for a few days. Gums aren't at all pale. Toiletting's normal.

    It's probably nothing. I was just feeling a bad for him as the poor sod looked so distracted/worried. Will keep an eye on him in the morning.

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    Not sure where you are Niques, but I'm in Sydney, it was very humid today as well as hotter, it's probably just that. None of mine wanted to go outside much, and when they did they came back inside and collapsed under the air con!

    All you can do is keep an eye on James, I bet he'll be back to normal tomorrow.

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    Thanks, Greys.

    I'm in Brisbane and it has been a little hotter today. Not too much - I normally feel the heat very acutely and haven't been too bothered, but perhaps he's just a little put off by it.

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    Personally I feel it is commendable that you are so in tune with your dog that you have noticed this slight change in behaviour.

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    Heh, thanks, DA

    He's right as rain this morning. Most excitable I've ever seen, though - could barely drag him outside for his "first thing" wee and wander around the garden as he'd spied a ball to play with. Yet oddly well mannered for being so energetic - normally his manners go out the window during his crazy periods. Funny dog.

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    Hi Niques ,
    my pup was shy when we got him (def. not anymore though!). But I've noticed when he's bored or hasn't had enough exercise he gets anxiety.

    Maybe he just needed a longer play session

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