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I have an older (approx. 14 yrs) dach. female. We also have a younger (5 yrs) male yorkie mix they have always gotten along this is not the issue. The older dog seems to have her days and nights mixed up. We all go to bed fairly early 9:00 on week nights and by 11:30 or 12:00 she is up either sitting in kitchen or by the steps leading downstairs just yiping or barking. We moved into an upstairs apt. with only an inside access about three weeks ago at first she refused to go down the steps to go outside-we have gotten her to do so now and she is used to this. But, this getting up at all hours is driving me insane. She never did this at our old home unless she had to go potty really bad. Please help me if you can because I cannot tolerate any more sleepless nights thank you so much! Susan

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At age 14, your Doxie is not as able to make adjustment to a new environment as your other dog.  Add to that her apparent fear of the steps (perhaps she has orthopedic issues, spine or patella etc. you are not aware of).  If you observe her urinating outdoors immediately before you retire at night (GO DOWN WITH HER) and you know she doesn't really have a "need" to "go", you must ignore the whining at the door.  In fact, it might be best to accustom her and the other dog to sleep in an area where she has no access to the spots she has chosen to "alert" you.  By responding you are inadvertently rewarding the behavior.

I strongly suggest you see a veterinary behaviorist.  You can find one from the following sites or by calling the veterinary college in your geographical area.  Such a professional will be able to do an overall evaluation of your dog and may prescribe medication to relieve her stress and enhance her cognition.  This person should also be able to advise you further on behavior modification.

http://www.veterinarybehaviorists.org/
http://www.avsabonline.org/avsabonline/

Please remember this is your lifetime companion who is reaching an advanced age and requires some TLC.

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I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.

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30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for ThePetChannel.com for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, K9Shrinks@egroups.com. Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

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Member, APDT (UK); Psychologists in Ethical Treatment with Animals

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Harcourt Brace Learning Direct: "The Business of Dog Training" "The Fail Safe Dog: Brain Training, not Pain Training"

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Ph.D., UC Berkeley

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Board of Directors: Northeast Dog Rescue Connection; The Dog Project; Sav-A-Dog Foundation; etc. Pro Bono counselor: Little Shelter Humane Society My practice is presently limited to forensics. I diagnose cause of dog bite, based upon testimony before the Court, for attorneys and insurance companies litigating dog bites, including fatal injuries. I also do pro bono work for bona fide rescue organizations, humane societies, et al, regarding such analysis in an effort to obtain release for dogs being held for death in municipal shelters in the US.

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