A few months into getting Zach, in early 2016, a neighbor’s constant slamming of his car door at 4-5 am riled up his protective security dog instincts. Now, almost 2 years later, he still wakes up and barks whenever a similar noise or event occurs. There are two or three weeks were the outbursts subside enough for me to sleep 7 or 8 hrs. There are about 10 days were his alertness makes us wonder if there is something wrong with this introverted, keeps to himself, K9.
We have given him every type of medication, natural and man-made, to see if he calms down to no avail. Noise machines, sound reduction strips, and black out curtains later we still have no solution to this conundrum. If my husband goes to bed at 1 am he usually lets us sleep until 7 or 8 am on the weekend. After 9 am he can sleep like a log, slamming car doors and all. Weird cause if we are in the house, locked in our room, he doesn’t sleep. It’s like he wants to be awake guarding us, taking up the third shift security detail.
We adore him so much that even this very permanently intermittent set back hasn’t scared us away. He can’t be walked. He can’t be with other dog peeps. Slow human-Zach introductions are required. I wish I knew what he needed to sleep like a log. No amount of running, games, fetch sessions or company seems to alleviate his insomniac ways. You’d think we had intruders coming through the door at night the way he reacts. Ironically, we have learned to ignore his outbursts which could one day cost us all dearly.
Our hope is that we figure this out soon. We need sleep. He needs to calm down and enjoy being spoiled and loved. *Sigh*. Doing what is right is never easy. Let’s hope the next variable we study and eliminate via scientific method is the one that ends the excitement. Suggestions are welcomed!