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Old 12-07-2007, 02:25 PM   #11
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Its not a like cry type of sigh, just a deep exhalation out of his nose. Like a huff.

Like when we go " Ooooh God Got to Go To Work " or somthing, if you know what i mean.

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Old 12-07-2007, 02:29 PM   #12
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Sighing is one form of what they call a Calming Signal.A Calming Signal means a dog will express a form of body language to relax itself.Im not saying he is stressed as I dont know all the facts.Is he very protective of his toy,therefore feeling threatened when you pat him?Do you think he is obsessive with this toy?Look out for other signs like yawning,ears back on his head,panting.These are just some of their Calming Signals.I would take the toy away and use other distractions,balls,other toys whatever and watch to see if hes still sighing.This particular toy could be his security blanket which is not healthy.You should be able to remove the toy from him without feeling threatened and when you do give it back after a few days.Make him feel like it is a toy-not something he owns.Keep me posted.

Its not to do woth his toy its just an example, He does it when he lay with his toy, when he goes to bed and when we give him a fuss ect. We can take things off him with out any trouble, When we take somkething off him he just go like " Ok then you have it now " dont bother him one bit.

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Maddie will give a big sigh while she's relaxing. She grunts and groans alot while she's stretching out on the floor too.

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I have no idea........ I didn't even know that dogs could even sigh! Well, good question! Hope you'll find the answer
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My mini Aussies don't sigh, my great dane doesn't... But man! Bella (GSD) sighs a lot... Like after we've played a long hard (on me, not so much her) game of tug, or wrestled (I know, not good, but she likes it!), I come sit down, and she lays down a heaves a long loud sigh I always took it as a sign of comfort, happiness.. I dunno, I'd known Bella a month or so before I brought her home, and never once herd her sigh, but I figured she wasn't happy... Now she's here, and after we've done something I know makes her happu, she sighs... Usualy right after I do... and I don't do it cause I'm bored or upset, but becasue I'm happy... and content with my life... I dunno...

But I like to think it's cause she's happy!
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:21 PM   #16
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Its not to do woth his toy its just an example, He does it when he lay with his toy, when he goes to bed and when we give him a fuss ect. We can take things off him with out any trouble, When we take somkething off him he just go like " Ok then you have it now " dont bother him one bit.
So does he display these sorts of behaviour when he is trying to sleep?I know some dogs get annoyed if they are asleep and you wake them with a pat or need to move them and so on,which sounds like he could be a bit dominant.Does he have a particular spot where he sleeps-does he lay on the couch,the bed,maybe places that he is trying to claim to prove his dominance over you.If you could elaborate more on his behavioral patterns and his personality in a roundabout way,maybe we could suggest and offer solutions for you and your dog.For instance-do you feed him after everyone else has had their dinner.Little things like that can change and improve problems,as food is one of their major priorities;therefore seeing us as their providers which leads them to believe we are on top of the food chain,making us the alphas.

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My mini Aussies don't sigh, my great dane doesn't... But man! Bella (GSD) sighs a lot... Like after we've played a long hard (on me, not so much her) game of tug, or wrestled (I know, not good, but she likes it!), I come sit down, and she lays down a heaves a long loud sigh I always took it as a sign of comfort, happiness.. I dunno, I'd known Bella a month or so before I brought her home, and never once herd her sigh, but I figured she wasn't happy... Now she's here, and after we've done something I know makes her happu, she sighs... Usualy right after I do... and I don't do it cause I'm bored or upset, but becasue I'm happy... and content with my life... I dunno...

But I like to think it's cause she's happy!
Aww-how cute-I love Aussies.Sounds like shes just happy and its a sigh of "that was great fun and I'm tired".Like we sigh when we've had a good work out and feel good.

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I have watched my dogs do this and I feel it is just a sign of relazing and relief of. Nothing serious, just a dog thing like people do, I do it often just to catch a nice deep breath. We yawn so do dogs, I think it is to get more air or oxygen into the lungs needed? How catching yawning is however. Being around a person that starts makes me do it then I get tired as we fill our lungs with more air to relax.
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