Tojo's acting funny

  • Tojo's been acting funny today and yesterday.  Tojo's been going around with his tail uncurled and his ears back and he's been trying to sit on me all day.  He even tried to sit in my face to wake me up this morning.  I hope he's alright.  

    We were all at the in-laws for Canada Day and frankly, we're all a little under the weather!  I wonder if there was something about the water out there.  Blech.   

  • That is EXACTLY how Maui behaves when he is scared - like during thunder storms. Do they do a lot of fireworks on Canada Day [like they do here on the 4th of July]? If so, I bet that was the issue, he may have been hearing the fireworks and it freaked him out a bit.

    You think that could be it? Has ever shown fear of things like that?


    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00

  • I think he's scared, too, because I noticed after a while that he is shaking.  There are fireworks on Canada Day, although he really didn't seem to mind them.  We took him to a fireworks show on Monday and he just laid down beside me and did nothing.  If there was a really bright one, he'd look up and then ignore it.  He was actually acting the most scared when we got home.  The only thing I can think of is that when we got home, there was a fly buzzing around and he got bitten by a horsefly once and started screaming bloody murder while he was out on the balcony... maybe he's scared of the fly.  I'm not sure though... when he wasn't trying to sit on me, he was trying to catch the fly so I don't know how scared of it he could be.

    He seems fine, today though... 

    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00

  • Sounds like that could be it - I have found that our Shibas are the KING [and queen] of association. Maui will associate negative things with the most random events, and he will chain the events. For example, he is afraid of Kaia being hurt, so if she cries he gets like that [scared w/ his tail down and all] - now that we have Hilo, he does the same when Hilo cries. Ok odd right??? this is where the chaining gets crazy [when you realize these dogs are smarter than average (and maybe a bit crazy)] - Hilo now barks and cries at Ahi after he slurps down all his food - Ahi takes her time eating - so now Maui starts w/ the tail down, jumping on us, and shaking when we FEED them. All it takes is us getting the food out and he freaks. Ridiculous huh?

    Also, Maui is not afraid of storms or fireworks when he is outside, but he freaks out when he is inside. Maybe Tojo could hear the fireworks outside or something... Just a thought. Goes back to what ShikokuSpirit said about flight or fight, they are trapped inside and that makes them more scared - they can't run away, it's not the thunder or fireworks as much as the lack of control. That's my hypothesis anyway.


    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00
  • I have never seen Niko show fear until last night.  We arent far from Stone Mountain and the shrill of the fireworks were making her go crazy!  She was whinning, running from door to door and then when we pet her she wouldnt move (which is not like niko, she never sits down). Shiba's memories have NO end!
    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00

  • yea, they remember anything and everything - it's crazy. They are really smart little dogs.

    The only thing I can recommend to anyone that experiences there Shiba showing some fear is DO NOT coddle, pet, praise, or get mad at the Shiba. The very best thing you can do is COMPLETELY IGNORE the way your dog is behaving - if you have to go as far as looking at the ceiling to avoid eye contact. I am 100% sure that Jen and my reaction to Maui's fear - when it was first developing and before we knew better - was what caused it to escalate to the level it's at now.

    Maui was a pet store pup tho - so poor genetics, I'm sure, has a LOT to do with how extreme it is with him - but the lessons we have learned still apply.

    Post edited by Unknown User at 2007-07-05 11:38:49
  • They do have insane memories!  Tojo used to love all kids until one kid in my apartment building ran up to him while we were out walking and grabbed his leash and tried to choke him.  I told the kid to get lost pretty quick, but ever since then, Tojo won't let strange kids pet him.  Any time a kid comes and put their hand above his head to pet him, he ducks away from them.  So when kids come up asking to pet him, I tell them to pet his back and not his head.  He still likes kids once he gets to know them, though.  
    Post edited by Unknown User at -0001-11-30 00:00:00
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