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flea
06-19-2007, 07:18 PM
This is sorta gross, but not actually. You'll see what I mean.

My dog, whenever she starts to feel sick (like she's going to throw up) will climb all over me and try to get super close. Just a bit ago, she started that hiccuping thing that usually precedes a really good yark and started nudging into me, getting under my legs on the floor, etc. She then decided that wasn't close enough and clambered into my lap on the couch looking all pathetic. This is a 46lb dog here. She has no idea how big she is sometimes. I moved us to the kitchen floor and just held her. I didn't have any other option.

She didn't actually end up sicking anything up, but she does this every time she feels like she might. It's a comfort thing, I'm guessing. I just try to soothe her, telling her she's a good girl and it's okay to be sick until she yarks or until she lays down which is a sign she's past the crisis point.

Does anyone else's dogs do this or something similar?

Silver
06-19-2007, 08:19 PM
I don't have a dog, but I think it's kinda cute. She's feeling icky and needs her momma! :)

When my cats start making the yacking sounds, I run over to them, sweep them up... and put them in the bathroom! lol

dakatzmeow
06-19-2007, 08:30 PM
poor baby. hope she's better soon.

and silver, i've always wondered why cats prefer to puke on carpet when there's a perfectly gorgeous tiled floor in the kitchen, bath and laundry areas! *grrrrrrrrrrr* guess they prefer the feel of carpet under their paws.

bellium
06-19-2007, 08:39 PM
my cat usually gives me enough warning that she's going to yak that i can pick her up and carry her to the bathroom, where i suspend her over the toilet until she barfs...easy cleanup!

my answer to your question about what you should do when your dog acts like that is....well, i guess it depends on how you WANT her to act...by praising her and telling her it's okay, you're giving her reinforcement that the pressing against you is something you want - which is fine, as long as it is, in fact, something you don't mind her doing.

iza
06-19-2007, 08:41 PM
Poor puppy! Yeah I guess she feels so sick she wants to be reassured. It is really cute!

We used to have a dog that would bark to go outside when she felt she would throw up. We never trained her for it, I guess she thought that if something had to... come out... it had to be done outside. :teehee:

auburnchick
06-19-2007, 09:00 PM
Hey, what kind of dog do you have? My dd's dog looks a lot like your's!

flea
06-19-2007, 09:23 PM
Hey, what kind of dog do you have? My dd's dog looks a lot like your's!

She's what I call an Animal Shelter Special. :teehee: The shelter said she was a "Collie Mix" with no specification on whether that was a smooth or rough, border or whatever. We've guessed that it's border collie at this point. Maybe some... uhm, I dunno. Shepherd or retriever in there somewhere. She goes on point when she sees a small animal she thinks she can catch. It cracks me up.

Pics of Boudicca (http://www.fleatopia.com/galleries/bodie/index.htm)
More Bodie pics (http://www.fleatopia.com/galleries/spring/index.htm)

I don't mind when she does the cuddling thing, I mostly don't want her to think she'll get in trouble for being sick. It's not like it's something she can control. So I reassure her and love on her when she gets all yarky.

As a note, she has not in fact thrown up. I think she ate a leaf on the balcony and it was a trigger.

auburnchick
06-19-2007, 09:31 PM
What a doll! She has fly-away hair too! :teehee:

flea
06-19-2007, 09:33 PM
I call her ear puffs 'sideburns,' but then my hubby covers her ears and declares me to be a meany head. His dogger doesn't have sideburns. She has "pigtails."

debinoz
06-20-2007, 11:21 AM
My dog barfs A LOT. As do a lot of min. dachs. He doesn't want any lovin' at that time though... he's actually kind of "grumpy" when he's sick.

beckyrhae
06-20-2007, 11:26 AM
I used to have a miniture schnauzer that had epilepsy and he would do that when he felt a seizure coming on. He would clammer into my lap and whine. It was so sad because I couldnt stop the seizures.

KnittingNat
06-20-2007, 03:35 PM
My Tyra acts in a similar way. When she starts the hiccups, she tries to get closer to me, not on my lap, but around the legs. And she's always trying to throw up on the rug. Why? Because outside she goes potty on the grass only, so the rug feels more familiar. So i try to take her to the kitchen floor and hug her and tell her it's OK. She's my baby :heart::heart::heart:

flea
06-21-2007, 03:49 PM
I had a doxie as well, not a mini but a standard. He was grumpy ALL the time. :lol:

I'm glad my baby girl isn't the only one who does this. It was just my first experience with a clingy when ill dog.