Can someone explain my Oscar's weird habit? I'll be sitting on the bed and he'll act like he wants to be picked up. But as I reach for him he jumps back, stretches his head forward as though about to bark, but instead he makes a soft, wheezy sound, kind of like a car that won't start. It's not a bark, not a growl -- it's just the weirdest sound I've ever heard from a dog. After more dancing about evading my hands, he finally lets me pick him up. Is he just playing hard to get? Extending a pleasurable moment of anticipation? Your best guesses much appreciated.