My Rat Terrier is acting weird all of a sudden?

We have three dogs, a Rat Terrier and two Chihuahuas. The Rat Terrier is the oldest at almost nine years old.

Lately, the Rat Terrier has been barking from her kennel all night long. When she first started doing it (on the first 3 or 4 nights anyway), we tried everything. We gave her food, water, let her outside, walked her, gave her attention, but when we put her back in the cage she continued to bark, jump at the door of her kennel, cry, and breathe hard/pant.

Our vet said said she is getting our attention and has trained us to give it to her, so we stopped acknowledging her barking in the middle of the night. It’s been two weeks of sleepless nights now, but she is still barking. And, the last two mornings we have gone to get the dogs and let them out into the yard (same time every day for as long as we have had the dog), our Rat Terrier will look at us and then do her business on the floor in front of us. We take her out at night before putting her in the kennel to sleep, and she literally waits until we let her out to do her business. I swear she is making sure we are watching when she does it. Then, she will roll over on her back and expect praise!

What gives?

By the way, there have been no changes in the routine, no new food, animals, people, and the vet said she is in good health. Any ideas?

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One Response to “My Rat Terrier is acting weird all of a sudden?”

  1. Johnny35 says:

    Just a guess: you have rodents.

    Rat terriers were bred to hunt rats. If you have a new visitor (or two) in your house, it would KILL your dog to be cooped up and not able to do its "job."

    Look for signs of rodents. Check for droppings around trash cans, your pet’s bowls (more on that in a minute), under sinks, and behind the fridge and stove. If you find any droppings, check: tiny, sliver-sized "pointy-ended" turds mean mice; larger, rounded-end turds mean rats.

    You terrier could do a good job of eliminating your visitors. That’s what she was bred for. Don’t put her in her kennel at night and see what happens. Or, you could lay traps and/or poison, where your dogs had no access.

    Cover your dogs’s food bowls or put them up high, so rodents can’t dine there. Give your dogs set feeding times. Once the rodent(s) have their food supply cut off, they will be easier to catch.

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