I think that we have a moody adolescent.
You know how young teenage girls can go from lovable, happy and drawing smiley faces, flowers and hearts on everything one minute, to crying, screaming, "Why are you always picking on me...it's not fair...nobody likes me" the next minute? The type of behavior that leaves those around them thinking, ".....what the....?"
Our moody adolescent is a blind nine month old puppy named Breeze.
I've been thinking about her behavior that I've mentioned previously. The sudden growls, barks and air snaps that occurred while she was eating and while laying quietly. There is never any competition for food. No other dogs are closer than ten feet to her while she eats behind an expandable baby gate. (I measured. I'm like that.) For whatever reason, Breeze is now a happy-go-lucky pup at meal times. When she's finished eating, she sits quietly and waits for the gate to be moved. I've done nothing different. Same blanket to stand on, same routine (sit, shake, good girl) same food, same dish. Not a sound other than the kibbles clinking off the sides of the metal dish.
The growls, air snaps and barks as she lay quietly on the couch or bed would occur in patterns of no more than 15 minutes apart. Often it would be 8 to 10 minutes and she'd seem panicked about something. One day, I whispered, more to myself in frustration than anything else "Breeze, why do you do that? You're safe." She immediately wagged her tail and quieted. So, 12 minutes later, when she started again, I whispered. Same reaction. Huh? It's working so that's what I do now. Whisper and "sshhhh."
Breeze comes upstairs to bed (depending on whether or not it's a work day/night) and her outbursts there are becoming less frequent. I'm also seeing longer times, up to an hour, between her outbursts in the living room.