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My two year old Yorkie has always slept on the bed with us. Suddenly she won't come on and has started sleeping in a chair in the lounge all night. Why?

By JW from Yorkshire, England

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful

There are probably many reasons why your dog will not sleep with you. Unfortunately, your dog can not speak so you are left with a conundrum-what to do next?

I suggest you take your dog to your vet to check for any new medical problem. Your vet may be able to offer reasons and help for the sleep change.

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February 5, 20150 found this helpful

I have a friend whose cat suddenly changed her sleeping and day activity patterns. Her owner was concerned and took her to the vet. Her poor cat had a cancerous tumor in her jaw that was inoperable. Her cat was in increasing pain and slept away from people to avoid waking up and dealing with the pain again. This change was the only way my friend realized something was wrong. Sadly, she said good by to her friend in the most responsible way-to end the suffering.

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February 7, 20150 found this helpful

As the previous poster mentions, this could indicate a health problem and a call-in to the vet should be your first act just to be on the safe side. But you don't say you're seeing simultaneous associated behaviour changes (toileting accidents, sick on the carpets, etc) so I'm thinking there likely is a simpler answer...

Could be anything from a new blanket your Yorkie dislikes the texture of to a change in formula of the washing powder/liquid to...(no offence intended but recently we are having a bit of a problem here in the UK:) the dog hearing scrabbling in the walls or under the floorboards - check around the home for signs of pest infestation. Our cat suddenly took to spending an unusual amount of time in the kitchen and it turned out to be mice in the common wall between our semi-detatcheds; we have friends in the Midlands who came down one morning to find their JR had killed a rather large rat after he suddenly began preferring the lounge to the bed.

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As you know, Yorkies, like Jack Russells and of course most cats, are terrific hunters with these breeds originally bred specifically to find mice, rats, and other rodents. Your Yorkie may be on the scent!

Best wishes - I sincerely hope it's a new duvet or a changed washing powder/liquid and not rodents.

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February 7, 20150 found this helpful

Why not? Maybe your dog has just found it's comfort zone. Why look for problems? If the dog is showing signs of good health in all other respects then maybe it is just happy to be independent.

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February 8, 20150 found this helpful

Is your bed very far off of the floor? We had a dog who had always jumped up on the bed and noticed one day that he would moan as if it hurt him,and since it was painful he quit.We gave him Glucosamine for animals and within a few weeks he was back to his old self... Arthritis. Just a suggestion...

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