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Iris:

--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 12:41:18 PM ---I got one. Why does my dog (a somewhat chihuahua looking dog... we have no clue what her parentage is, if it matters.) go nuts what I start coughing? We can be laying in bed and one of my bad coughing fits hit, and all of a sudden she's running the mattress track, pausing occasionally to paw at my face before racing around, rolling in the blanket and yelping. This i the only time she yelps quite like this, its high pitched and kinda frantic sounding.

It does not stop until I use my inhalor (or pretend to.) Even stopping the coughing makes her keep freaking out.

--- End quote ---

At a guess I'd say it's a protective thing. Dog has learnt that when mistress can't breathe the magic device fixes things. Therefore when you can't breathe he's saying "quick everyone! Quick! We need the magic device! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES HERE, PEOPLE!?"

Not an expert on dog psychology, btw. I'm just basing this on how my usually laid back dog behaves when there are children in the pool. Unless there is an adult near enough for his satisfaction he freaks out.

Kimblee:

--- Quote from: Iris on November 22, 2012, 01:51:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 12:41:18 PM ---I got one. Why does my dog (a somewhat chihuahua looking dog... we have no clue what her parentage is, if it matters.) go nuts what I start coughing? We can be laying in bed and one of my bad coughing fits hit, and all of a sudden she's running the mattress track, pausing occasionally to paw at my face before racing around, rolling in the blanket and yelping. This i the only time she yelps quite like this, its high pitched and kinda frantic sounding.

It does not stop until I use my inhalor (or pretend to.) Even stopping the coughing makes her keep freaking out.

--- End quote ---

At a guess I'd say it's a protective thing. Dog has learnt that when mistress can't breathe the magic device fixes things. Therefore when you can't breathe he's saying "quick everyone! Quick! We need the magic device! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES HERE, PEOPLE!?"

Not an expert on dog psychology, btw. I'm just basing this on how my usually laid back dog behaves when there are children in the pool. Unless there is an adult near enough for his satisfaction he freaks out.

--- End quote ---

That makes a lot of sense actually. She sometimes runs from the inhalor to me and back again if she can see it, but usually its in my pocket.

Now if only I could teach her to retrieve the thing when it falls behind the bed frame...

Softly Spoken:

--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 02:20:03 PM ---
--- Quote from: Iris on November 22, 2012, 01:51:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 12:41:18 PM ---I got one. Why does my dog (a somewhat chihuahua looking dog... we have no clue what her parentage is, if it matters.) go nuts what I start coughing? We can be laying in bed and one of my bad coughing fits hit, and all of a sudden she's running the mattress track, pausing occasionally to paw at my face before racing around, rolling in the blanket and yelping. This i the only time she yelps quite like this, its high pitched and kinda frantic sounding.

It does not stop until I use my inhalor (or pretend to.) Even stopping the coughing makes her keep freaking out.

--- End quote ---

At a guess I'd say it's a protective thing. Dog has learnt that when mistress can't breathe the magic device fixes things. Therefore when you can't breathe he's saying "quick everyone! Quick! We need the magic device! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES HERE, PEOPLE!?"

Not an expert on dog psychology, btw. I'm just basing this on how my usually laid back dog behaves when there are children in the pool. Unless there is an adult near enough for his satisfaction he freaks out.

--- End quote ---

That makes a lot of sense actually. She sometimes runs from the inhalor to me and back again if she can see it, but usually its in my pocket.

Now if only I could teach her to retrieve the thing when it falls behind the bed frame...

--- End quote ---

Awww you got your own little 'Lassie' wannabe.  ;D

Kimblee:

--- Quote from: Softly Spoken on November 25, 2012, 03:01:12 AM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 02:20:03 PM ---
--- Quote from: Iris on November 22, 2012, 01:51:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 12:41:18 PM ---I got one. Why does my dog (a somewhat chihuahua looking dog... we have no clue what her parentage is, if it matters.) go nuts what I start coughing? We can be laying in bed and one of my bad coughing fits hit, and all of a sudden she's running the mattress track, pausing occasionally to paw at my face before racing around, rolling in the blanket and yelping. This i the only time she yelps quite like this, its high pitched and kinda frantic sounding.

It does not stop until I use my inhalor (or pretend to.) Even stopping the coughing makes her keep freaking out.

--- End quote ---

At a guess I'd say it's a protective thing. Dog has learnt that when mistress can't breathe the magic device fixes things. Therefore when you can't breathe he's saying "quick everyone! Quick! We need the magic device! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES HERE, PEOPLE!?"

Not an expert on dog psychology, btw. I'm just basing this on how my usually laid back dog behaves when there are children in the pool. Unless there is an adult near enough for his satisfaction he freaks out.

--- End quote ---

That makes a lot of sense actually. She sometimes runs from the inhalor to me and back again if she can see it, but usually its in my pocket.

Now if only I could teach her to retrieve the thing when it falls behind the bed frame...

--- End quote ---

Awww you got your own little 'Lassie' wannabe.  ;D

--- End quote ---

Seems like it. She's a good girl, even if she gets anxious easily. Lately I've been running fever and either she doesn't like it or she just LOVES ot (I'm her heater?) because she has been right up my tush the whole time. Including "escorting" me to the bathroom and back.

Its almost funny, since my other two dogs are avoiding me and my feverish self. Maybe Bernadette thinks she's my nurse?

RebeccainGA:

--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 25, 2012, 03:41:25 PM ---
--- Quote from: Softly Spoken on November 25, 2012, 03:01:12 AM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 02:20:03 PM ---
--- Quote from: Iris on November 22, 2012, 01:51:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Kimblee on November 22, 2012, 12:41:18 PM ---I got one. Why does my dog (a somewhat chihuahua looking dog... we have no clue what her parentage is, if it matters.) go nuts what I start coughing? We can be laying in bed and one of my bad coughing fits hit, and all of a sudden she's running the mattress track, pausing occasionally to paw at my face before racing around, rolling in the blanket and yelping. This i the only time she yelps quite like this, its high pitched and kinda frantic sounding.

It does not stop until I use my inhalor (or pretend to.) Even stopping the coughing makes her keep freaking out.

--- End quote ---

At a guess I'd say it's a protective thing. Dog has learnt that when mistress can't breathe the magic device fixes things. Therefore when you can't breathe he's saying "quick everyone! Quick! We need the magic device! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES HERE, PEOPLE!?"

Not an expert on dog psychology, btw. I'm just basing this on how my usually laid back dog behaves when there are children in the pool. Unless there is an adult near enough for his satisfaction he freaks out.

--- End quote ---

That makes a lot of sense actually. She sometimes runs from the inhalor to me and back again if she can see it, but usually its in my pocket.

Now if only I could teach her to retrieve the thing when it falls behind the bed frame...

--- End quote ---

Awww you got your own little 'Lassie' wannabe.  ;D

--- End quote ---

Seems like it. She's a good girl, even if she gets anxious easily. Lately I've been running fever and either she doesn't like it or she just LOVES ot (I'm her heater?) because she has been right up my tush the whole time. Including "escorting" me to the bathroom and back.

Its almost funny, since my other two dogs are avoiding me and my feverish self. Maybe Bernadette thinks she's my nurse?

--- End quote ---

Those tendencies are what led us to train our poodle as a service animal - he's cued in to things that most dogs aren't, for some reason. We think it's pretty cool - he can tell to a very fine degree when DP calling "Honey!" is minor, important, urgent, or OMIGAWD!!! Some dogs just have that sixth sense. You might be able to train her to retrieve the inhaler - try giving her an empty one to retrieve (if she will play fetch) and go from there.

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