Addie's sudden strange behavior

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  1. Debi

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    For the past three nights, as soon as we turn off the lights to go to bed..Addie starts barking like crazy. She is 3 yrs old and has never been a barker...not even when someone comes to visit, she just has that husky trait. SUDDENLY...only at night...she goes into a barking spree and is totally acting in a frenzy. I can also hear her panting wildly between the barking. Now, we live in the country so I figured the first time...there was an animal around. (the dogs are out in the pen at night) Now, the very strange part is that Hammie is always just in his house sleeping....and I know for a fact that if an animal or person were around, they'd BOTH be freaking out. I watched Addie last night and I couldn't believe that was my dog. She'd even go to the gate and grab with her mouth rattling it to try and open it. I haven't let her romp in the woods for about a week because she was going to the neighbors house also and I don't want my dogs disrupting anyone. Do you think she may have too much pent up energy?? I walk her in the evening on a leash and then they are in the house for awhile. Addie has always had that need to run....and I mean she runs FAST, also has such the hunting instinct that she digs for things around trees, etc. My neighbor doesn't live close, and I was weary of hiking over to fetch her. Sorry this is so long. Just wondered if anyone had any thoughts........my hubby and I aren't exactly sleeping well. I just don't know what else to consider.
     
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    I know this has you worried, Debi. The panting makes me think she's afraid of something.

    Have you tried leaving a night light or a low watt bulb turned on at night so she will see a light on in the window?
     
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    Happy to say that I let Addie romp....she took off into the woods and amazingly did not decide to visit the neighbors. After at least a half hour, she returned very tired. Could be a coincidence....but we all slept very well last night. Renee, you're right about the light. I had put on the outside back flood lights for her the night before which is the only reason we had a couple hours of sleep in the morning. Hubby thought I was nuts...lol...that dogs don't need a light on. I agree, she seemed to be so frightened of something. When I turned on the lights, I actually thought it might scare away whatever was around....either way, it helped. Here it is Thurs., and it's the first day this week I feel rested. We do worry when she is gone so long, afraid she will run at full speed then get so tired and far that it would be hard to return. We just want to keep her safe, but she sure is happiest after that romp.
     

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