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help!!!! dog - insomnia

Hi. I would greatly appreciate if anybody could help me.

Our 10-year old spayed female dog has been suffering from insomnia for almost 2 weeks.

It all happened 2 weeks ago when she sprained her left front wrist when she jumped off the bed. For the first few days she was slightly favoring her front leg and limping when she got up after resting a long time, but after 2 weeks the wrist is back to normal. She can walk with out limping at all and even run (she does have minor arthritis though).

Back to insomnia, the first time was during the same night when she sprained her wrist. I thought she couldn't sleep because of pain and soreness. But her wrist is healed, she's still having a trouble.

Here is the list that I noticed :

#1 - Sleeps deeply during the daytime.
#2 - No problem with falling asleep (meaning that when WE humans go to bed she falls asleep immediately too)
#3 - Usually gets up sometime between 4 - 4:30 a.m. (one time was 3:30 a.m., another time was 5:30 a.m.)
#4 - When she gets up in the early morning, she is very needy, demanding and wanting to do something. Pretty much energetic.

So last night (or this morning) around 4:30 a.m. we took her for a car ride for about 10 miniutes. Just driving around the neighborhood, coming back home and trying to go to bed again. When we came home, she was very happy, and I see some sort of satisfaction in her eyes. After the early morning ride, in the beginning she was still restless a little bit but eventually she fell asleep.

When she's sleeping, mostly she twitches and makes noises.

This is just my guess, but she seems like she's obsessed with a car ride. When she sprained her wrist, we didn't take her for a ride for a couple of days till she got better. We take her almost everywhere when we go somewhere by car.

I'm not sure if that has anything to do with her sleeping problem, but she surely pays VERY close attention to the word, 'RIDE' lately.

If anybody could give me any help, that would be really appreciated. We're getting tired and irritated because we don't get enough sleep these days.
  Georgex2 on 2006-12-27
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I forgot to mention something.

When she sprained her wrist 2 weeks ago, I gave her Rhus Tox for a couple of days.
Georgex2 last decade
Your dog has trained you to do her bidding. She realised that she gets pampered treatment from you if she acts sore, even if she is not really sore any more. So she acts sore...and you respond! She is a very clever dog! :D
ZepOz last decade
Yeah, I have to admit that we do spoil her. If she doesn't get a ride, she gets so depressed, and we don't want to see her being like that, so we take her.

What would be your suggestion? Maybe decreasing the amount of taking her for a ride? Or ignoring when she wants to go for a ride?
Georgex2 last decade
Standard dog training procedure: Reward and praise her for behaviour that you WANT her to do, ignore her for behaviour that you do NOT want her to do.
ZepOz last decade

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