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    Ellie has been having a difficult time at night lately. Part way through the night she will start moving around trying to find a new sleeping position. She proceeds in the usual Pug fashion of circling. sniffing, scratching until she finds the perfect spot....then settles in, seemingly comfy, but then before I can count to 3 she's up and doing it all over again. Last night she did this for over 2 hours. Under the covers, on top of the covers, couch, bed, crate, on me, off me, etc, etc, etc.

    Thinking she had to pee I tried to take her outside but she just sat in the middle of the living room in the dark....creepy-like..... Like she had no idea what she was supposed to be doing.

    She doesn't seem to be in any pain and during the day she seems normal (for her anyways) so I don't think she's sick or injured. She seems relatively aware while she's doing it so I don't think it's seizures. She's not hungry and she's been played and exercised out too.

    I've been joking around that she's got Restless Pug Syndrome but I just read that dogs can get restless leg syndrome. I hope that's not what it is since I have RLS and its no picnic.

    My only other thought would be some kind of mental issue which is not out of the realm of possibility since she does have anxiety and paranoia....but she's not even a year old, could cognitive issues show up this early? Since I haven't witnessed seizures I don't think its PDE.

    Obviously I will take her to the vet if it continues but I don't wanna jump the gun assuming the worst if she's just got a bout of insomnia or something.

    Just thought I'd see what other Pug Villagers think about it.....experience anyone?

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    Maybe it's a tummy ache or perhaps with the changing season, she is getting too hot under the covers and too cold on top Hope you figure it out and she starts sleeping better!
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    Thanks! I hope she sleeps better soon too.......hubby and I are feeling abit sleep deprived!

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    The only thing I can think of is that something is bothering her, tummy ache maybe. If you got up with her and watched TV or something, would she settle on the sofa or where ever you were sitting. Does she settle in the evening before bed?
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    Suri, I got up with her in the night and tried to settle with her on the sofa but she kept doing the same restless thing. I even brought a blanket and snuggled in thinking she'd just cuddle up with me but no such luck. If she did have a tummy ache she hid it well. I tried to palpate it to feel for tenderness and she didn't tense up or anything. Its a mystery. She usually is pretty sleepy at bedtime and goes to her crate to sleep for a few hours...then later she climbs into bed with us. Its only lately that after being up on the bed for an hour or two that she starts to get restless.

    We are off to bed now so we'll see what tonight brings.... (wish us luck) LOL!

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    Hmmm...... maybe after she has been in crate for a few hours and then goes to bed with you guys, she isn't really tired anymore? Like maybe she had a nice nap and it's hard for her to settle again?
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    I hope you figure it out so all can sleep well. My guess would be a tummy ache or similar as well.
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    Hi Amber,

    Did you ever find out what was going on? Last night our pug did something similar but it only lasted 10-15 minutes. Today we have been going on three hours of him not being able to get comfortable. Poor guy seems exhausted but just can't get comfortable for more than a two minutes. We will be heading to the vet in a few hours but I wanted to see if you had any solutions.

    Thanks!

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    Sorry you are having a similar problem with your Pug. Glad you are getting him checked out just in case its something medical. We never did figure it out with Ellie. She still does it randomly and in fact is doing it this week. She's been getting up several times a night and just sitting in the living room, looking around like she's not sure what she's supposed to be doing.

    Hope you get an answer and that your little guy isn't sick.
    Keep us updated if you can...

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    Keep a journal....and try to video. Show it when you talk to your vet!

    Seeing it being nothing major!
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