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Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:34 PM

OK, so we've had these dogs for about 5 years...

My wife found them when she was out walking our big dog. Someone had dumped them. The vet said they were about 6 weeks old at the time, just old enough to get their shots.

Ever since we got them they have done this weird thing: They will sit down next to each other, assume practically the same position, and hold it for about 5 minutes like they've gone into a trance or something. They aren't looking at anything (as far as I can tell). They can even be in different parts of the house; one will go find the other, and they will exhibit this behavior. At the end of about 5 minutes they will turn their heads, look at each other, and then go about whatever it was they were doing prior to the behavior (sitting on my lap in this case). It can be kind of unnerving. I've started wondering if they are downloading instructions from a mother ship somewhere... .

Seriously, anyone know anything about this type of behavior in dogs?

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Reply OK, so we've had these dogs for about 5 years... (Original post)
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irisblue Jul 2017 #2
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bettyellen Jul 2017 #3
Adsos Letter Jul 2017 #8
dem4decades Jul 2017 #11
Adsos Letter Jul 2017 #15
samnsara Jul 2017 #24
RandomAccess Jul 2017 #33
Historic NY Jul 2017 #12
Adsos Letter Jul 2017 #16
bettyellen Jul 2017 #28
MichMary Jul 2017 #4
Adsos Letter Jul 2017 #9
shenmue Jul 2017 #5
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murielm99 Jul 2017 #13
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mopinko Jul 2017 #14
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Lochloosa Jul 2017 #18
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Lochloosa Jul 2017 #23
ekelly Jul 2017 #26
LiberalArkie Jul 2017 #21
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hvn_nbr_2 Jul 2017 #25
BamaRefugee Jul 2017 #27
Doreen Jul 2017 #29
catbyte Jul 2017 #30
Skittles Jul 2017 #31
TomSlick Jul 2017 #32

Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:42 PM

1. Tried to research it, only found that dogs poop in alignment with Earth's magnetic field.

Seriously: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/dogs-poop-in-alignment-with-earths-magnetic-field-study-finds/

But more seriously, what cutie pies! How could anyone dump them? Good on you for rescuing them.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:59 PM

6. I don't know how some people can do any of the ugly things they do to animals.

It breaks my heart.

Interesting about the pooping.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:43 PM

2. Canine Mind Meld?

No real idea, but those are cuties🐶🐶

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:00 PM

7. They are sweeties...

...sometimes, at least.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:43 PM

3. A lot of animals depend on synching up their behavior for survival....

 

Circadian rhythms exist in all life, as establishing a schedule (instead of winging it) helps ensure their survival. Knowing when it's safe to hunt, eat, rest and give birth is a primal thing in all forms of life. Cats mostly do a wake, hunt (play), eat, clean themselves and sleep thing over and over again.

What do your dogs do before and after this? It's probably part of a regular pattern for them. Maybe even just a checking in thing?

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:03 PM

8. No rhyme nor reason that I can tell.

I haven't noticed anything in particular that they do afterward, but I also haven't paid attention to it.

They often do this:

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But that is pretty much their default position much of the time.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:18 PM

11. We have litter mates, brother and sister Goldens. The only thing we've noticed that they always

seem to be lying exactly alike. Even if they're not in the same room, it's quite funny.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:33 PM

15. Interesting!

These are brother and sister as well, we think. Here is how they looked when we first found them:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/WaSnZh][img][/img][/url]

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:59 PM

24. so tiny!!!!! sometimes i hate humans...but you have restored my faith in them again...

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 5, 2017, 12:05 AM

33. I had 2 littermate brothers, Lab-Chow mixes

 

They were magnificent creatures, and beautiful. I referred to them as their Royal Dognesses. Very closely bonded before we found them one day on the side of the interstate, abandoned, at about 6 months of age the vet said.

They were like 1 dog with 8 legs. They would lay or sit like bookends butt to butt or mirroring one another. They also were hunters to some extent and worked together as a team. One would distract the prey (or enemy/intruder) while the other circled around back of it/him. Very cunning.

They also had a very annoying habit that I nonetheless marveled at. They were basically outdoor dogs, but on occasion I needed to round them up for one reason or another. But if they weren't interested, they'd look at one another (as I was calling them), apparently reach silent agreement and then both bolt simultaneously and run away as fast as they could. (We lived in the country.)

They'd been abused as pups (most abandoned dogs are), so training them was tricky, especially for someone like me who didn't really know what I was doing. They were also a little headstrong and, as I said, deeply bonded to one another.

They were beautiful, wonderful dogs who never really caused us any trouble but, as pretty much all dogs do, gave us a lot of joy. We had them 15 great years and I miss them.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:20 PM

12. Ploy to get you up, so they get the whole couch.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:34 PM

16. You might not be far off in that idea.

They can be real bed hogs as well.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:18 PM

28. See if you can notice a routine of activities...

 

It sounds like it's just a transitional thing they do.
Mine sort of hang out and do nothing before they start harassing me for food. I keep thinking they just know it's too early to ask, but are thinking about it. Immediately after they go into cleaning and nap mode.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:47 PM

4. Seriously weird behavior!

Could be litter mate behavior. I've heard that it isn't good to adopt litter mates because they can be so bonded with each other that they really don't bond with their humans. Don't know if that's true or not . . .

The mother ship idea may be just as valid.

(BTW, thanks so much for rescuing those two babies!!)

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Response to MichMary (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:07 PM

9. I've thought it must have something to do with being litter mates.

They looked exactly alike at 6 weeks, when we found them. Mordie went on to develop the Chorkie characteristics, while Hildie proved to be full Chihuahua (or so it seems).

There hasn't been any problem with bonding.

Every pet we've ever had has been a rescue, including that cockatiel in the background.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 05:47 PM

5. Let's make the hoomin bring us treats

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Response to shenmue (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:09 PM

10. The Chorkie-lookin' guy is lukewarm regarding food.

Hildie, on the other hand, is a chow hound.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:22 PM

13. Could it be some sort of petit mal seizure?

Humans get them. Do dogs?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:38 PM

17. It's the synchronization that gets me wondering.

They never appear to be in any distress and they will snap out of it if I call their names, although it usually takes 3 or 4 times. They don't seem in ill health in any way. Animals do get seizures.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:30 PM

14. i have a couple of litter mates. rat terrier sisters.

they are very bonded to each other, but they still mostly obey and love me.

i suspect this has to do w them being litter mates. mine dont do that, but they do do a lot of things together. sleep together like peas in a pod, groom each other.

it is funny, tho. there could be a mother ship out there.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:40 PM

19. I think you may be right about the litter mate thing.

other than that, I have no idea. A couple of people have suggested some type of petit mal seizure, with one being very in tune with what the other is experiencing.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:39 PM

18. Maybe they are hearing something your not....with the ears perked up like that.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #18)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:44 PM

20. I've wondered about that.

They have never been actually looking at anything that I could see/tell. One of the really weird things is that they can be in entirely different parts of the house; one will seek the other out, and they will sit down next to each other and exhibit the behavior.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:50 PM

23. watch the ears...see if they move toward a certain area..that would be one clue.

Like trying to "cup" the sound.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 07:59 PM

26. Have you noticed if one particular dog is always the one who seeks out the other?

Have you noticed if one particular dog is always the one who seeks out the other?
Is it possible that one dog has seizures and the sibling dog senses it happening and goes to sit with him?

Dogs do this with humans, too. They can be in a different room and sense their human having a seizure, or other medical event.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:46 PM

21. My 15 year old cat and my 6 year old black lab have a telepathic bond.

May cat will be outside and my lab will get very impatient with me no matter where we are until I go to the back door and let her in. My cat can be inside and get me to go to the back dog to let my dog in.. Normally my lab will just bark, but sometimes he just wants to get the cat off her ass and me up to go to the back door.

Every time..

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #21)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 06:47 PM

22. LOL

It's the world of animals.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 07:14 PM

25. Maybe they're meditating together? nt

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:04 PM

27. Transcendogal Meditaton

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:18 PM

29. Maybe there are ghosts in your house.

They are absolutely adorable.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:20 PM

30. That wild facial hair is beyond adorable!

Sorry, I know nothing about dogs, cat woman here, but they are awesome! I guess you just gotta go with the flow with their little quirks. My cat, Otis, can be laying on the floor, blissed out in a zen-like state when all of a sudden he'll wake up then run over to me & look over my shoulder in horror. There's never anything there, but talk about unnerving...

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:22 PM

31. THEY ARE COMMUNICATING BACK TO THEIR HOME BASE

SENDING INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR HUMANS; yes INDEED

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 08:36 PM

32. Having been around dogs my whole life

My bet is they're messing with ya.

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