No one else is sensitive to it

by MB COFFEY
(HOUSTON, TX)

My China-Jack (Chinese Crested/Jack Russell parents) has turned out to be mostly crazy Jack Russell and is known for some wild antics. The latest is driving me crazy. In a corner of our living room, behind a chair, she is convinced that something is in the wall. Whines, sniffs, scratches, paces ad infinitum. Removed chair...not her target which is actually the wall. Removed the cover plates where the electrical plug-ins go. Listened, sniffed, looked in with flashlight.........nothing! Other dog (Blue Heeler) has no interest whatsoever. Like me, just doesn't sense anything.


Dog's anxiety level has all but diminished her appetite, and she keeps looking at me with a "do something" expression!

This has been going on for more than a week.

Any advice (other than start tearing down walls will be most appreciated.

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Feb 21, 2014
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Whining at wall NEW
by: Jeff

Our Jack did this and we discovered that it was mice hiding in there! What a smart fellow, we would have never known otherwise

Nov 04, 2013
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Appreciate the input.
by: Beth Coffey

Thanks for the tips...most of which we implemented at the onset of the behavior. Miss Muffet is becoming slightly less vigilant and has resumed eating "some."

Would really love to know if anyone has ever experienced this "wall thing" and what on earth could be in there!

Miss M. is a rabid vermin hunter...outdoors, she is constantly on the prowl for lizards and their ilk. A rat in the pool skimmer had her doing amazing physical antics.

Nov 03, 2013
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OCD and dogs
by: Greg

Unfortunately OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is not uncommon in dogs. If you notice an obsessive behavior, don't reinforce it. For example, if your Jack is in the corner barking/scratching and you make a big deal of it, the dog may pick up on that and keep doing it. You don't want to add fuel to the fire so to speak.
And punishing the compulsive behavior can increase anxiety and exacerbate the problem.

Try looking for stressors that may be triggering the repetitive action. For instance, if you notice your Jack reacts to a loud noise and then engages in a repetitive behavior, try to avoid the noise as best you can in the future.

If there is a way to keep her from the living room then do that. Also, if you see her start the behavior try redirecting her with food. Get a kong and stuff it with peanut butter and biscuits. You can also freeze that so that it lasts twice as long because it is harder for your Jack to eat out. Another good thing to do is lots and lots of exercise to wear her out so that she doesn't have time to explore her anxieties.

The last resort would be to speak to your vet about meds - they do have them for dogs if really needed.

Hope this helps!

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