Why An Injured Dog Sometimes Hides

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We all have dealt with it at one time or another. A dog that is hurt or does not feel well goes missing for a second. We panic, then we figure out the dog is just hiding. Believe it or not, your dog is not playing a game of hide and seek for your attention. Nor is it trying to be “difficult”. There is a solid, scientific reason that dogs do this, and though it may be obvious to some, it may not be obvious to others. So we thought we would take a moment to expand on the real reasons and injured dog hides.

Believe it or not, it has everything to do with a dog’s instinct to survive. When a dog is hurt or injured, it is no longer capable of protecting itself to its full ability. When this happens, rather than stay out in the open and still be very much susceptible t any kind of dangers, they reduce themselves as a target by removing themselves and hiding. Let it be known, a domesticated dog is in no real danger at any point, sick or not, but that is just art of their feral instincts. Even though they are domesticated and those traits have become less dominant, they continue to exist within the dog.

That is why an injured dog is more apt to snap at someone out of fear, too. It is those survival instincts kicking in and trying to do all it can to keep the dog alive. When you think of it like that, it makes you look at dogs differently. It is just amazing they can have certain traits continue to exist in them, even when those traits rarely need to be used.

So next time you see that an injured dog is hiding, just remember, he is doing that to keep himself (or herself) safe.

(Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)


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