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Never-Ending Barking...What's A Sheltie Mom To Do?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HOME AT LAST REAL ESTATE DB915628

Hi everyone!  I hope you don't mind that I am writing this Totally Off Topic blog because I have what seems to be a unique problem with my 15.5 year old Sheltie.  If ANYONE can offer up help, I'll take it!

Now, I know she has lost some of her hearing and definitely some vision....and yes, she has to pee more often....but I don't care about any of that.  What is it that "flips her switch on" every night about 6 pm or so....that results in endless barking for HOURS (I'm not kidding - sometimes it goes on all night)?  Only time she stops is if we hold her or lay down with her. (The three cats aren't nuts about it either, I might add).

Other than this, she is a pretty happy old lady!  Still eating and drinking well and definitely nothing wrong with the elimination part, LOL! 


Any suggestions?  I'll take 'em!  I love my little girl and want her to be as happy as possible for as long as possible.  BUT...we still need our sanity!

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Carole L. MacCollum 


676 Post Road, Suite 6 Wells, Maine 04090

Mail to: P.O. Box 427, Wells, ME 04090

carolemaccollum12@gmail.com / 207-337-4792



Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Wow, tough problem Carole. I guess I'd be checking with a vet about a sedative or something. Maybe you need a new puppy to keep her company and wear her out so much during the day she will be to tired to bark.

Feb 28, 2011 08:35 AM
Carole L. MacCollum
Broker/Realtor 207-337-4792

Hi Bob!  Thanks for checking in!  We actually have used vet-prescribed sedatives and they have worked pretty well - doggie Valium seems to be the mildest and to work the best (1.25 - 2.50 mg), but I do get concerned about giving it to her.  We tried the Ace and it made her NUTS - she couldn't stand up, kept trying to get into small spaces and getting herself hung up to the point where she almost strangled herself in a bed frame!  No more of that stuff!

I think she would freak if we got a puppy, LOL!  I know she would be terribly jealous because she has been an only dog her whole life :)

Last night we decided not to give her any sedative to see if she might sleep on her own...you guessed it; she was up the entire night.  Back to the doggie valium we go!  Have a great day, Bob!


Mar 01, 2011 01:44 AM
Dog Lover

Don't drug her!

Get a bark collar.

Mar 01, 2011 05:36 AM
Melinda Regner

That is one of my problem about my dog. I don't know if dogs enjoyu barking, but for me i dont enjoy that. Hmmm... why don't you try to adapt another dog so that she will not be alone. Maybe she dont want to be alone at night.

Mar 07, 2011 01:26 PM