Any, more or less attentive owner will notice if his dog began to behave strangely - hide in a secluded, dark place and not leave him, even if the need arose. Why is the dog hiding in a dark place? How to find out the cause and when should you be alarmed?
Behavioral problems and increased emotionality
Experienced dog owners know that after walking, playing games, talking with family or guests, eating, the four-legged pet always goes to the same place. Despite their sociability, curiosity and affection, these animals still need peace, and such a reaction is not unusual or strange.
However, if the dog becomes too secretive, quiet and most of the daytime does not catch the eye, the owner should be wary. Perhaps the dog needs help. There are certain phenomena that more often than others cause animals to hide away, for example, fear.
Fear is a normal condition that allows animals to survive in the wild. Fearless canids die before the rest, committing too risky actions. It is fear that drives a dog into a dark corner. In addition, the following signs of fright can be observed in a pet:
- trembling, with a panic attack - convulsions;
- in daylight, the pupils narrow;
- rapid breathing, heart rate;
- the dog whines piteously;
- manifestation of aggression is possible, including against the owner;
- the tail is hiding between the paws, the ears are pressed to the head.
It seems to be, what can a pet that is at home in a familiar environment be afraid of? However, situations may arise here that make four-legs afraid.
People the dog does not know
It is not known by what signs, but dogs can distinguish good people from ill-wishers. And if a representative of the guard breed attacks the attacker or takes a warning pose and “points” such guests to the door with his voice, a tiny pocket doggie or just a cowardly pet will hasten to hide. Dogs that have not passed socialization can also behave the same way.
Fear of people is considered a defect in behavior; a well-trained dog should not be afraid of them. Although some representatives, making sure there is no danger, can avoid unnecessary contacts.
Some dogs are afraid of loud music, which is not surprising, since the hearing of these animals is much more sensitive than human. Excessively intense sounds can cause animals not just discomfort, but even soreness. Particularly alarming dogs perceive music with loud bass and increased frequency.
Many pets are afraid of thunder and lightning, and during the storm they experience extreme stress. But they are worried not only by ringing sounds, but also by the electrified air, which makes the dog's coat look static - even slight electric shocks for dogs are quite noticeable.
Pets can worry and look for a darker corner during general fun, accompanied by salutes and fireworks. Experts have found that during a rocket launcher rupture, dogs catch ultrasounds that irritate them, and the subsequent rumble scares even the brave man. Owners of hunting dogs that are not afraid of shots note that their dogs are afraid of such phenomena.
Negative experiences in the past
Often, animals enter a new home as adults, with established habits and behavioral patterns. In this case, the owner is almost impossible to find out why the dog, for no apparent reason, is hiding in the dark.
Of course, it will not be superfluous to observe the animal, perhaps it will be possible to identify what provokes such a reaction. Maybe the dog is afraid of something specific, and the owner, who finds out, can take appropriate measures.
Not all dogs are lucky with the owners, and often they fall into the wrong hands. Physical punishment, lack of education and socialization, rude or neglect, constant loneliness - all this leaves its mark on the character of the animal and its behavior. And one of the manifestations is fear, pathological, not characteristic of dogs.
In some cases, adult pets cannot be relieved of fear, and they experience it throughout their lives. However, correct correction and a good attitude reduce the symptoms of panic. In most cases, the help of an experienced dog handler is required, who will help to understand the psychological characteristics of the dog and tell the owner how to establish the right relationship.
In addition, dogs are very intelligent and incredibly grateful. Feeling love and care from the new family, they try to get rid of phobias on their own.
The first days in the new house
What puppies that adult dogs may experience discomfort, fear and inconvenience, being in an unusual environment. Of course, everything depends on the nature of the animal, its mental stability and the conditions of the past place of residence. In addition, the owner himself can provoke such behavior by scolding a new family member or applying physical punishment.
Puppies sometimes only have a couple of days to get comfortable, recover and study housing. Do not be too imposed on the pet, urging him to communicate. Among the dangerous reasons that the dog begins to hide, experts note OCD - obsessive-compulsive syndrome and obsessive disorder.
With anxiety, the dog can become depressed or make a nervous breakdown. Short-term stresses are not dangerous, but if the pet is constantly in a stressful situation, he will receive serious psychological trauma.
Diseases and injuries
Pain or malaise are another good reason for the animal to want to retire away from prying eyes. If the dog doesn’t even go out to eat, and his appearance has worsened, you must show the pet to the veterinarian. In addition, the following symptoms should be alarming:
- indifference to what is happening around or, conversely, excessive anxiety;
- licking the same area;
- rapid or slow breathing;
- a change in the shade of the mucosa;
- the dog refuses to drink;
- the dog whines, howls, shows aggression on palpation - sure signs of pain.
To urgently help a four-legged friend and relieve pain, it is recommended to give him a 0.5 dose of anesthetic non-steroid medication.
Recently born females may develop hypocalcemia - an ailment in which the animal is bothered by photophobia. If the calcium level drops to critical levels, then the dog may die. Before death, she has a convulsive attack, coordination of movement is disturbed, and her eyes are scattered. First aid in this case is the salvation for the pet, she needs to drink water with sugar / sweet tea or inject an injection of calcium gluconate.
It is important to know that photophobia is one of the symptoms of rabies. The dog feels bad, nervous, hiding from the light, so you should call a doctor at home, isolating the dog from other animals and people.
Dogs have many reasons to go in search of a secluded place, and this behavior is far from always associated with illnesses or mental disorders. But the owner should take a closer look at the pet, this will reveal a possible ailment earlier than it leads to serious consequences.