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Old 08-21-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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We've had Lucy 8 years.
Sometimes she gets very clingy and upset. It's not weather related. Thunder and lightening don't bother her a bit.
Something sets her off. It's like she's afraid we'll send her away.
We adopted her from a humane society shelter and I don't know how long she had been there. It was as though she had shut down with all the noise. She was the only one in the shelter not barking.
Do you think she remembers when and what caused her other family to give her up and something triggers that memory.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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Hi techie it's more than possible! Yes Dogs usually have a short term memory when it comes to things like they have done some thing good you must praise them there and then not even 5 mins later as it won't have any effect! But bad or unhappy experiences i don't think they ever really forget and they can recall them in similar situations Give her hug and treat from me and Nip
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Dogs have more memory than we usually give them credit for. I've seen dogs go all gaga over someone that they haven't seen in ages...MacKenzie and my ex for example - didn't matter how long between seeing him, he knew who he was and was all over him like a dirty shirt... me not so much...

She may also be getting clingy for other reasons and it could be anything. Unfortunately we're not able to read their minds all that well. Something could be triggering a memory but then again it might be how well she's feeling that day or how well you're feeling that day too.

I always figured that different attitudes on different days just came with the territory and rolled with it...as in, don't try to psychoanalyze Lucy, just enjoy her!!

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She can def remember.. a lot of shelter dogs who comes to class will at first shut down cause the smell of all the other dogs and loud noises def have that effect on them.

It will take them a while to realize oh ok, I am not gonna be left here.
It really makes you wanna cry when you see that they are worried about being abandoned.
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dogs have memories, but they also live for the moment. They do not understand that you are punishing them for a mess they made hours ago.

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dogs have memories, but they also live for the moment. They do not understand that you are punishing them for a mess they made hours ago.
And in any case you don't punish a dog for going in the house as it will only find some where else in the house to go behind your back! Best to say nothing and clean up and look at the causes as to why this ius happening and correct them
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hbanffy, welcome to the forum! Why not introduce yourself and your dog/s? Pictures would be great too!

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Sadie has a very good memory. She remembers places we haven't been to in months and even a year or more. I know because she always wants to go the direction we did before. She remembers where she found something interesting or yummy. She avoids certain dogs at the dog park or runs to greet others she hasn't seen in a month.
Longer term, I don't know. One of my big worries when I first got her and even now is that her previous owner will show up somewhere we are and she'll want to go to them and rather be with them than me. \
I think that Lucy may be reacting to some environmental thing that causes a fear reaction even if she does not 'remember' the details of whatever it was. We do the same thing...sense something or get uneasy even when we don't know why but it could be triggered by something from our early life we can't recall.
Try to note the things that are going on when she exhibits the behavior. Sounds, sights, smells, activities, etc. Maybe you'll get a clue but even if you don't, just be a little more interactive with her. I wouldn't go overboard comforting as it will end up rewarding the behavior. Just do your normal stuff with a little more attention to what's going on with her.
I think if you don't display a lot of concern and act like everything is normal, it will be more comforting to her.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:38 AM   #10
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Just thought of something else concerning memory in dogs.
Earlier this year I posted about Sadie having snake aversion training.
The man that does the training lets people bring their dogs back to ensure they are still averse to the smell of rattlers. He's never had one that didn't remember to stay away from that critter and his own dog received the training 10 years ago.
If the stimulus is strong enough, they remember.
It could be a smell with Lucy but could be any number of things.
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