We have a 6 y.o. V male. Essentially from within the first few weeks that we brought home our daughter (4y old now), our V has cried, whined, and howled any time our daughter cries. It seems to make him very anxious. He oftentimes runs TOWARDS the crying baby. Other times we seems to pace. We have a 1.5 year old sone, and our V does the same with him. He sometimes does it as well with the neighborhood kids who he knows the best, but he does not seem to do it with random kids crying.
He used to whine/cry/howl when ambulances and high-pitched motorcycles drove by, but he seems to have outgrown that.
I am asking if anybody else has experienced this with with their V, if they have any thoughts on what exactly our V is experiencing/feeling (it seems to be anxiety-related I think), and if any body has any ideas on how to resolve.
Anybody who has or has had kids knows that they cry ALOT. And sometimes, it is necessary to allow them to cry (i.e. when throwing tantrums, etc.). But our V is making it very stressful in our house! (It also makes it very difficult to travel, camp, etc since we are always worried about waking the entire hotel or campground up if one of our kids cries in the middle fo the night)
Here is a link to a video of the howling. https://photos.app.goo.gl/UPi1BBwn4gwxxZiK7
This is a relatively mild example. But it nonetheless recreates the situation. This happens over and over and over again on a daily basis. petting, soothing, calming the V does not stop the howling. The only thing that works is getting the child to stop (and even then the V continues for sometime).
Yes, it was marginally "cute" for first few times our V "cried" almost like he was sympathizing with our child. But the 1000th time is NOT cute!!!
Thanks in advance for any advice/insight.