My Dog stares at the ceiling and barks

I have an 11 month old purebred golden retriever. Recently he has been roaming around the house and staring at shadows and the ceiling. He does this from the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to bed. He also tends to get very agitated while doing this. He will bark, pant, and cry while staring at the ceiling and running around the house. I've taken him to the vet and all blood tests came back normal. We also had an issue with potential petit mal seizures which have seemed to subside. What do you think this could be? Has anyone ever had similar problem. We are thinking about taking him to a neurologist but want to get a second opinion before we do. Any advice would help!

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chipperdogSF

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Reply To: baughrun2

Wow.  That's really strange.

How does he behave when he's outdoors?  Does he find something else to fixate on or does he act normally?  If it's the former, it sounds like it could be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder.  Consistent repetitive behavior is a hallmark of OCD in dogs.  These sorts of things can be very difficult to break and require tons of patience.

Good luck!

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susanstan

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Reply To: baughrun2

We just adopted a 3 year old golden that also seems rather fixated on the ceiling - she notices the light pattern changes.  I am somewhat concerned because she is also very anxious and moves around the house like she's in a war zone. We've only had her a week but I'm wondering if I'm up to this. Any advice would be appreciated.

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