So problem solved. Change in routine = restless dog or change in dog behavior. Do I know that one. Bev, you withheld information from us! (because, of course, you didn't think of it... been there.) It seems to me that the guys are much more sensitive to activity level changes than females. If the shave/trim doesn't do it all consider -- Snow boots, musher's secret and a warm rug to lie on when coming into the house can all help with snow ball control. Get this figured out and we'll have a short winter. I'm for a short winter.