My four little dogs have been doing great lately except I've noticed a few little changes in them - at night they are reluctant to walk up and down stairs, and my oldest has started following me around the house constantly with the ball, dropping it and whining at me. I usually ignore her and only play ball with her when she is not doing her clingy routine. I was happy that I could finally leave them for about 4 hours without their anxiety wraps.
That all changed for no reason when I went to a work christmas party on Thursday. I was out for 6 hours max and they barked for a WHOLE hour. I didn't do anything different - took them for a walk before hand, at put them in the front room with the blinds closed and some food.
On Saturday, I had to go to a family thing - same routine except I put their anxiety wraps on after the work christmas party debacle. I even shut the windows and put the air con on. This time I had a whopping 1.5 hours of barking in 5 hours.
Today, I had to go to another family thing and was gone 10 hours (the joys of having family living 2 hours away) and they barked for 3 hours. All my neighbours are away on holidays so it's not people having back yard parties.
The question is - why have my dogs suddenly become super clingy and started barking constantly when I am out? The have not done this for a year and a half and this is the absolute worst behaviour I have seen from them.
There has been no sudden change either in my routine or to me.
I have a specific routine when I go out and they seemed settled into this barking 15-20 mins tops all day, now they are barking 10 times as much.
I am just so glad the neighbours are on vacation but when they come back I don't know what I will do.
Do you think the dogs somehow know it's Christmas and they are being left out? I know it seems ridiculous but I can't think of any other reason. They seem too young at 8-9 years old for dementia.