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    My dog Shadow has been acting strange. When I get up in the morning he is right with me and goes to the family room while i drink coffee, etc. He is 8 plus. When I get ready to leave to go training he goes
    Back to the bedroom to go back to sleep.
    Previously if I tried to leave him he would have a fit.
    I encourage him to come and he will reluctantly. At the training grounds he is his normal self except
    On returns he is starting to slow down.
    Rowdy has been getting some of the attention he used to get.
    Any thoughts
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    Maybe Shadow watched the weather forecast for Tx and figured back to the bedroom is a pretty good option

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    Sounds like he doesn't feel well, but the retriever in him made him work anyway. I would keep an eye on him.

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    I am not saying this is what it is but labs can get arthritis especially if they have active lifestyles. I had a 10yr old lab that would love to hunt and when we checked on cows would run beside the 4 wheeler, then one day I noticed he was not keeping up to the 4wheeler every time we would go or wouldn't even leave the house. One morning I walked outside and he wasn't even able to get up on his own. The vet told me it was arthritis and gave him a shot or meds which helped but it gradually started getting back to the slow pace again. I am not saying that's what your dog has but just something you may think about looking at.

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    X-ray time? Esp. of the back. Two years ago, I was wondering how long my old guy might be around. Simple xray shows he has the most barely perceptible hints of arthritis in his lower back and the base of his spine. A low dose of Rimadyl and stopping training while he's still coming back at a run or brisk trot, and he's acting like a puppy these days at almost eleven.
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    Wayne maybe vet check? Even at going on 12 my old guy won't let me out of the house without him! Worth checking this out! Good luck. Let us know!
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    My first thought is that he is sore....time for the vet
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    Any change in his voice or bark? Gagging for no apparent reason? Could be the onset of laryngeal paralysis. It can make a dog afraid to exert himself and a smart dog even learns to not get in exciting situations because he will have trouble breathing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Nutt View Post
    My dog Shadow has been acting strange. When I get up in the morning he is right with me and goes to the family room while i drink coffee, etc. He is 8 plus. When I get ready to leave to go training he goes
    Back to the bedroom to go back to sleep.
    Previously if I tried to leave him he would have a fit.
    I encourage him to come and he will reluctantly. At the training grounds he is his normal self except
    On returns he is starting to slow down.
    Rowdy has been getting some of the attention he used to get.
    Any thoughts
    Not with standing the vet check. My retired girl is getting use to me leaving her in the house to go training. She no longer runs to the door, but when I take her and put her in the truck to go huntin ( I know I will get some grief, but she is a front set girl now ) she is like a 6 year old again. Just a thought.

    Keith
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    Sounds like my boy. He is coming up on 9, and if I do take him to the field, he goes just as hard and wild as ever. But he also appreciates his rest more and does not complain when I leave him at home while I take the young one with me to work. Yes, he does get sore when he runs hard, but recovers in a day. I can't deny him.
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