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We have Fusions bed in the corner of our bedroom, and pretty much since we got him he has slept on it.

Well for the past week Fusion doesn't sleep on his bed in our bedroom anymore, he opts for the couch. Which is at the complete other end of the apartment, where he definitely cant see us.

 

He will lay on his bed, and hangout on it until we turn out the lights. Then he gets up and to the couch he goes.

 

The only thing that has changed is we got an AC and put it in our room because its been so hot and Fusion pretty much had a heat stroke a couple weeks ago. He hates the heat so I figured our room would be the place he would most like to be. He doesn't mind the noise and will sleep in there any other time during the day. But again as soon as its "bed time" out he goes to the couch.

 

 

Any ideas why hes suddenly so independent?

 

 

 

PS. Today is the first day Fusion is all alone at the apartment while DH and I are at work. My mother moved out over the weekend, and she worked from home, and had an Iggy-so Fusion always had someone there. Im a nervous wreck, I hate leaving him for the day while someone is there, let alone all by himself. I have a Dropcam and have been watching him on and off, and currently he is fine, snoozing on the couch. DH and I are rotating days on going home around noon for lunch to let him out, so that works out well. But, if anyone has any advice on how to calm my nerves about him being alone, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

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One of my pups is doing the same thing lately....so will be interested to see the responses. In the morning I find him stretched right out on the couch looking comfortable - so I assume it is a comfort thing as there are two other dogs in our home and he really dislikes anything disturbing his sleep.

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My boys show the same behaviour.When they were new they slept in our bedroom. The longer they live here the more confident they became to sleep where ever they want. Sometimes one of them sleeps in the bedroom for weeks and than suddenly chooses to sleep in the living-room or my office.

I always say it's just them occupying the entire house.😉

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Perhaps the noise of the airconditioning unit running disturbs him?

 

If he's happy and comfortable at the other end of the apartment, let him be - as smurfette says it's all part of him settling in and feeling more confident. As he gets to know the ropes he feels safe enough to begin to relax without keeping an eye on you all the time to see what's going to happen next.

 

Ken has been here seven weeks today and it's a delight to watch his increasing confidence about picking and choosing a comfy spot that doesn't need to be next to me. About half an hour I panicked because I couldn't find him - he'd gone into my bedroom for a nap on the rug in the sunshine.

 

Sounds as if you have good arrangements in place for leaving him on his own, and that he's coping well :), so that I'm sure that your nerves will diminish just with time and experience. Something else to consider is whether you can find a neighbour/friend/ dogwalker who could also step in and give him a break in an emergency. I know there are 2 of you, but that might be reassuring to have just as a backup. I am lucky in that both sets of neighbours have keys and would be happy to go in and give Ken a break if I get stuck somewhere on public transport or whatever.

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Total speculation here, but maybe he doesn't really like the running A/C unit all that much? He'll put up with it during the hottest part of the day, but at night when the apartment is cooler, he'd rather not have the white noise?

 

Kali is always afraid of ceiling fans and the noise of our little Vornado. When we first break it out in the late spring (when it's barely uncomfortable at night), she will sometimes spend a few nights in the living room. But when temps are 90 degrees and humid during the day, and still in the high 70s in our house at night, she gets with the program pretty quick.

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Thanks everyone! Yeah! maybe he is just gaining his confidence. We have had him for almost a year now (wow how time flies) and now that I think about it, hes been changing a lot! I have been noticing he doesn't follow me as much anymore either. I can go about doing my house-hold chores without having a cold nose up my shirt every time I turn around.

Also when we first introduced him to my in-law's Dobermans, Fusion didnt really know how to play or react. He kinda let them push him aside, and he just kinda stayed next to me. We brought him over there this past Sunday, and it was crazy how much of a different dog he is after growing into himself. He was running, jumping, barking, and going crazy with the Dobes.

He also has started digging under our deck and going crazy in the sand pit he has made lol.

 

Aw maybe this is a good thing! He is finally becoming the confident, independent dog I knew he could be!

Though he will always be the biggest baby mumma's boy when it comes down to it. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks DocsDoctor for the reassurance and the idea about getting a backup "dog checker". Even though my mom moved out she is only about 10 minutes away. So if need be, I know she could stop by on her lunch.

 

Also I just checked in on him, and well.....this reassured me even more lol. I think he will be just fine being on his own.

 

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Total speculation here, but maybe he doesn't really like the running A/C unit all that much? He'll put up with it during the hottest part of the day, but at night when the apartment is cooler, he'd rather not have the white noise?

 

Kali is always afraid of ceiling fans and the noise of our little Vornado. When we first break it out in the late spring (when it's barely uncomfortable at night), she will sometimes spend a few nights in the living room. But when temps are 90 degrees and humid during the day, and still in the high 70s in our house at night, she gets with the program pretty quick.

 

 

Yeah thats what I was thinking, so we slept without the AC off last night and he still left lol.

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It's hard when things change, but this is really a good thing, and you are to be congratulated for letting him have the time and space to relax and settle in well! He feels comfortable, so he's beginning to be more independent - in small greyhound ways! He might stay out there for a long time, or he may choose to come back into the bedroom eventually. It *may* be due to the AC, but I doubt it.

 

Good job!

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Rocket did the same thing for 6 months to a year. All of the sudden he just started sleeping in the living room. Then, one night he came back to the bedroom. My theory is that there's cool air flow wherever they decide to sleep. Could be that the bedroom floor is now colder than he likes with the AC on.

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Jake still usually sleeps in the bedroom, but he will wander into other rooms sometimes. The big change is that he doesn't want to sleep in bed with us anymore. He will climb up with one of us or in the morning for some cuddles, but doesn't stay all night. It kind of makes me sad, but at the same time we probably all get better sleep now!

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My Annie is always changing where she sleeps at night. Sometimes on her bed in my bedroom. Sometimes on her bed in the living room. Sometimes she switches during the night. Makes no difference if it's hot or cold. Whether it's noisy or quiet. I've had her four years and what I've learned is sometimes (often, usually) there is no answer to why they do what they do.

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My Annie is always changing where she sleeps at night. Sometimes on her bed in my bedroom. Sometimes on her bed in the living room. Sometimes she switches during the night. Makes no difference if it's hot or cold. Whether it's noisy or quiet. I've had her four years and what I've learned is sometimes (often, usually) there is no answer to why they do what they do.

 

 

 

"sometimes (often, usually) there is no answer to why they do what they do"

 

 

I am totally, and 100% now realizing this. Haha.

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I have a theory that greyhounds prefer a little elevation in their sleeping arrangements - a vantage point of sorts. I bet if that couch was in your room, he'd be right there. Simple comfort may be a factor. Many greys will simply choose the softest surface they can find.

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Lila will occasionally sleep in my bedroom at night, but she prefers the living room - always has. It's just what she prefers.

Sounds like Fusion is settling in.

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I am pretty sure he wants to watch his favorite TV shows. Or maybe porn. :rofl :rofl :rofl

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Jack started this this summer. We have had him for 7 months now and figure that since he spends the whole day snoozing on "his" bed downstairs, it must be the place where he feels most comfortable. And so he sleeps there at night too. But he usually comes and join us before midnight. Apparently, there is a monster downstairs that comes at midnight :P

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Memphis only sleeps in the bedroom if my DH isn't home, I think it's because DH snores pretty loud, though that doesn't seem to bother our other 2 boys.

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My sister spend the night at our house and Paddy was very upset that someone slept in HIS bed in the spare bedroom. He stood in front of the door whined and banged the door with his paws. Of course, sis let him in and they shared the bed.

He never wants to share a bed with me.

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Smurfette - You're sister's new - you're yesterday's news. :)

 

Cody is not a grey but he's always done what you describe - hung out on the bed (in this case mine) until the lights go out and *poof* he's off to the couch. However now thay daytime is 104F and night 80+ often he'll hop down to the hardwoods. Poodle also did that.

 

As far as bed vs. couch there's a lot more room to stretch out on a couch and practice ETS (Escaped Tongue Syndrome),

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Do you want to trade dogs? :lol Just kidding, yours won't sleep in your room, I may have to evict mine.

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We have dog beds all over the house. Sometimes they use them,but some times pick a floor spot thats cool. Our 9 year old used to sleep on a bed in front of the tv, but now only sleeps there when the tv is off, Maybe the noise of the AC. I would not worry about it. Our two move around to different beds. One does sleep on the couch, the other has never. Maybe she is more secure and knows she is safe now

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Our first grey had to sleep on a dog bed right next to our bed. He even would whine and pace when it was my usual bed time to tell me, "Mom, it's time for us to go to bed!" Our current hound Iceman slept in our room for a year, and then decided the dog bed in the living room was a better place to sleep. Now all of a sudden he is sleeping in the bedroom again. I think they recognize that where we sit and sleep are potentially more desirable. That couch looks like a "high value" bed to me. I think he is just getting more confident. As far as worrying about leaving him alone, I understand. Iceman liked to get into things when he was left alone (the trash, etc.) We had to increase his walks, get latches on all the trash cans, and I eventually even took him to obedience classes to give him some intellectual exercise. Unless your dog is showing issues with separation anxiety or getting into trouble when he is home, I would relax. They do pick up on our moods.

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Smurfette - You're sister's new - you're yesterday's news. :)

 

Cody is not a grey but he's always done what you describe - hung out on the bed (in this case mine) until the lights go out and *poof* he's off to the couch. However now thay daytime is 104F and night 80+ often he'll hop down to the hardwoods. Poodle also did that.

 

As far as bed vs. couch there's a lot more room to stretch out on a couch and practice ETS (Escaped Tongue Syndrome),

Oh, thank you very much. But I fear I'm not even last year's news.

Tonight everyone decided to sleep in the living-room and wander the house after midnight for a better place. Andy came to me and looked at me as if to say What is that strange thing doing in my favourite spot. I invited him in but he just turned around, lay down on his dogbed next to me and sighed.

 

My hounds are a strange bunch.

Sorry for butchering the english language. I try to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

 

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