Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Alice, it sounds to me like your dog has developed fear issues. this could well be physically related as she is now in her 'senior' years where arthritis, joint problems etc are more likely to happen, and if she has pain anywhere in her body, she could have been hurt by accident and is now avoiding people to be safe. If the demanding behaviour has escalated as well, she could be looking for reassurance due to a physical concern. Dogs do not always show pain the way people do and I really would suggest that firstly you take her to your vet for a full physical exam. If all is clear, then do contact me again and I will give you some tips on how to make people coming to the house to be a more positive expereince for her. Unfortunately is there is a physical component to the behaviour virtually nothing done from a behaviour point of view will help until the physical side has been sorted out. Do let me know how it goes at the vet and if i can assit further, thanks Scotty
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