Guest k9soul Posted July 10, 2013 Share Posted July 10, 2013 Rudy definitely has some sleep startle issues and I am careful to call his name before stepping over him or touching him in any way. When he's awake he has no issues with people or other dogs walking near or around him. The thing I'm wondering about is he seems to sometimes have these incidents where he will suddenly jerk up with quite a startling snarl/bark, stare a moment, then lay his head back down. At first I thought he was startling up from sleep, but the more I've witnessed this the more I think he's not really awake when he does this. I think he's still sleeping, or somehow not fully awake. His gaze looks a little unfocused, kind of like a dog newly awakening from anesthesia. Once he growl/air snaps,he often lays his head back down, and then begins letting out some low growls which sometimes culminate in him coming up snapping again. Once I call his name it stops, he seems to focus on me with his eyes, sigh and go back to sleep and it's over. He has done this at times when no one is moving around or near him at all. It seems to happen mostly in the evenings/after dark when he is really sleeping deeply. I'm curious if anyone else has seen similar behavior in their hounds? I wonder what causes it, if it is a bad dream? Or just an intense track dream? I appreciate any insight. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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