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Old 06-17-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Default Help! My beagle has a personality change!

Hi! My 9 y/o beagle is very "needy" for constant attention. She is constantly wanting to be petted, rubbed, scratched or barking for my attention. Lately she sits and barks at me and I can't soothe her by talking, getting her in my lap, playing with her. She is trying to communicate something to me, and I am getting frustrated. She has always been "high maintenance", but this has gotten worse over the past month! Any suggestions?

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First suggestion would be a thorough vet check, given that this is a sudden behaviour change.

Older dogs can definitely become more needy, and some suffer from memory issues like some people which can make them feel disoriented and confused, however, a month seems like a very short time frame for this type of change to be the reason. Eye sight and hearing issues can also cause a change in behaviour for older dogs.

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shutterbugjan, welcome to df. Lots of nice people here.
Sounds like s trip to the vet is in order.
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Thank you everyone for your comments. Thanks Kaos, didn't think about the memory thing. But I was reflecting and forgot that she has been on Prednisone for a month, was dose reducing and is now off. So perhaps she just was feeling a bit better and is now "needy." She is doing well.

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Thank you everyone for your comments. Thanks Kaos, didn't think about the memory thing. But I was reflecting and forgot that she has been on Prednisone for a month, was dose reducing and is now off. So perhaps she just was feeling a bit better and is now "needy." She is doing well.
Glad she is feeling a bit better. How about some pictures of her? We would love to see some...

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I uploaded a pic when I filled out my profile, but don't see it. I will check on it. Your baby is a beauty!

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Here she is DeeLind! She is a really stunning beagle-she has black ticking on her shoulders and brown ticking on her hips and hind legs. I love her so!

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Junior does this off and on. He can be clingy and needy for months. If I sit down then he has to be right next to me looking for a pet. If I am eating he is either sitting and watching or lying down near me and watching. If I am walking he's literally on my heels. If I'm cleaning the house he's wandering around me and annoying the crap out of me as I try to move around.

Then there are months that he could care less to do anything. I think it's got something to do with the temperature outside as he's clingy during colder months and not so much when summer rolls around. I might be misinterpreting it as excitement or energy, but some days he's outside for 3-4 hours just walking or running and playing...where does the energy come from?!


If her behavior is changing as you think it is are there any other issues? Urinating more? Diet changes or mishaps? Maybe a change in her stimulation lately? Sometimes owners make a change in their own behavior or habits and the dog picks up on it or the owner doesn't realize it's affecting the dog in some way...


Or it could be the prednisone. Or your dog is just... ...tired of not being needy?


Edit: She's adorable, by the way.

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