The Reasons Behind Dogs Acting Scared and Losing Their Mind

How do we imagine our dogs to be? Most probably, we want them to be happy and jolly. A little mischievous too maybe! I mean, the main reason we want a pet in our life is to make ourselves accompanied. But dogs need a lot of care too. I become really anxious when my dog is acting strange and scared.

There could be some reasons for dogs acting scared and strangely, this I have found out after a lot of research. Well, to speak the truth, such activities shouldn’t be taken lightly. These could be the primary warnings before critical diseases.

If your dog has been acting strange and scared for the very beginning, then you should train them harder. There is a possibility of your dog not befriending you. Consulting an animal behaviour specialist could be a great solution to this.

But if the conditions appear suddenly, your dog is suddenly scared; you shouldn’t waste any time and look deeper into it. So, jump into it, shall we?

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Probable Reasons Behind Your Dog Acting Scared

Dogs do act strangely in some scenarios. For example, if they see any stranger or go to a new environment, they would be jumpy and act weary. Sometimes dogs are scared of the darkness too, or because you have hit him or the dog is suddenly scared of something in the house, but that behaviour sustains for a short period. Such cases are extremely normal. But, if the conditions come out of the blue and prevail for a couple of days, you better act fast!

These are some probable reasons –

  • Toxic poisoning
  • Internal or external pain
  • Joint ache or muscle pull
  • Neurological anomalies
  • Virus attacks
  • Anxiety

  • Toxic Poisoning

Your body and your dog’s body are completely different. It is very much possible that your belongings cause toxic attacks to your dog. For example, chocolate or nicotine might be toxic for them but not you. In most of the cases, our mischievous yet cute pet sneak into our food and take a bite out of it.

Such behaviors are dangerous for both of you. Even you could get sick if you take a bite of foods that your dog has secretly tasted. Toxins will make them shaky and down. You better consult a veterinary specialist.

  • Internal or External Pain

Having physical pain is the most obvious reason for your dog to act weird. Physical injuries are like cancer to the dogs. Try to examine your dogs while walking. Does it look hurt? There could be the case of skin irritation and rash problems too.

If the pain is internal, then the problem would be much worse. Such internal pain mainly occurs because of physical hits or critical diseases. If so, their mood will be down, and they would be meek gradually.

Don’t waste your time if you think there is a possibility of internal pain. Things could turn out serious.

  • Joint Ache or Muscle Pull

Dogs might have arthritis. Arthritis is caused mainly because of gradual bone damages. If you see them shaking abnormally, arthritis could be a probable cause. Moreover, they act fearful if they have joint aches.

While running to and fro, your dog might face muscle pull. It causes excruciating pain to them. In such scenarios, your dog gets scared thinking that the pain will increase more and more over the time.

  • Neurological Anomalies

In most of the cases, your dog will fall victim to shaking and abnormalities, if they have a neurological condition. Such anomalies cause seizers and high temperature. Your dog will be shaking abnormally and will act very strange. Even cause seizure from time to time.

Whatever the reason is, neurological anomalies are the worst thing possible for your dog. Your dog even can face fatal conditions due to the neurological attacks.

  • Virus Attacks

One of the main reason behind getting a neurological attack is a virus attack. Dogs are prone to many virus attacks, and they could even get a fever from that.

Even my dog, a husky, got a viral fever and acted in an unnatural way for a few days before I consulted a vet. Till this day I check for virus attack syndromes when I see my dog is acting strange and scared.

  • Anxiety

The main reason behind the emotion of scared is anxiety. This is true for all the species even for dogs. Mainly the surroundings and environment make a dog anxious. Even natural disasters make a dog anxious inside.

Loud noises, possible disasters, fear of the new environment are the most common causes behind dog acting scared. Dogs act really strange when they are scared.

Don’t try to give them food when they are scared. They won’t be interested at all. If the unusual behavior sustains for a few days, you should consult a veterinarian physician.

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The Dos and Don’ts When Your Dog is Acting Strange and Scared

  • Analyze

The first thing to do would be not to panic. Don’t make hasty decisions when you think your dog isn’t feeling well. You should analyze its behavior and how it is reacting to your activities.

Check if there is any sign of injuries or not. Look for any physical sign that could be the reason behind it. Without analyzing you shouldn’t bring it to the veterinarian. You could even try giving your vet a phone call.

  • Don’t Push Them for Eating

Dogs generally have a good appetite. But when they are sick or scared, they don’t take foods generally. Some people try to feed them forcibly thinking that it would solve the problem. In fact, it worsens the condition.

  • Your Vet Knows Better

Looking for a cure from the internet and applying on your sick dog would be the worst thing you could do to him. You would not find the symptoms properly and might give it the wrong treatment. Consult a vet first before jumping into any conclusion.

Let him make the diagnosis and follow his instruction. If they prescribe medications check the side effects or if there is any chance of allergic reaction or not.

  • Prepare Yourself for the Long Treatments

The vet might give them therapies. Some therapies are intense and even run for a long time. So, one should be prepared to face such conditions. You need to squeeze up time from your busy schedule for the betterment of your dog.

  • Let Your Dog Relax

If your dog is acting strangely due to natural disasters or environment, you should comfort it . When they are scared, they seek help from their masters. Not only will they  make you calm but they will also make your bonding better with them. When the stress is gone, it will be jolly and stirred.

Enjoy Video of How to Train your Dog Not to be Scared


Probable Reasons Behind Your Dog Losing Mind 

There is another condition when your dog loses mind, and you are in a fix what to do. But there is nothing to worry. One such experience will unfurl some of the mysteries.

My wife and I went to a nearby market for shopping. At the same time, the housekeeper who also works as pet-sitter had gone out. My pet dog Juli realized she was alone; she got panicked and tried to run away.

It does not need any strong reason when pet dog loses mind and sometimes behave strangely they lose their balance and start shaking. They run here and there, act weird, do not pay attention to their meal. They also try to skip regular exercise, training class, an evening walk. They also bark loudly apparently without any reason, and probably losing their temper.

Dog suddenly seared of something in house

What to do when your dog loses mind?

Never think that humans are the only animals to suffer from emotional thunderstorms. Every animal, which has a mind, could lose it anytime for any small reason. Usually, the mental illness can be caused by an imbalance of the brain chemistry. Many dogs present with depression, anxiety, extreme fear, obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD], PTSD, and other mental health maladies.

Don’t worry, if your dog behaves the same. It is nothing unusual; it is natural. From depressed lions to restless dogs, animals suffer from mental distress too. Especially, the dogs behave in that way when they go through depression or some kind of stress or having a bad day.

What will you do?

In this situation, I can suggest you some tips. It was seen that Labrador retrievers often have serious food-related issues. Experts say it is a behavioral peculiarity, which ultimately leads to over-eating and resulting in fatness.

What will they do with too much energy? It is a big question.There is nothing to do except sleeping or staying lazily on the sofa. So, it reflects on their behavior. In that situation,my dog Juli was also seen snapping at flies that she could see in front of her!

Explaining the reasons, prominent veterinary surgeon, and geneticist, Eleanor Raffan said: “If you see something common in one breed than another, no doubt genetics are involved there.” She had also conducted a genetic study of the breed.

why is my dog acting and shaking

In the first part experiment, Eleanor Raffan, who is also a researcher at the University of Cambridge and her colleagues analyzed the genetic profiles of 15 fat and 18 lean Labrador retrievers. Moreover, interestingly, one particular gene—the POMC gene—stood out after analyzing three obesity-related genes. Obviously, it was a great finding!

Some dogs are seen eating indigestible objects like leather shoes, towels, papers, and other things as if they are tasty appetizers. In some cases, the dogs spontaneously licked themselves until they made wounds. No doubt, it is a bizarre situation.

In most cases, the dogs behave abnormally due to poor early socialization or neglecting approach, improper handling, the communication gap between owner and pet and a reactive mode of humans.

The dogs usually suffer from dementia. Like the dogs, there are depressed gorillas, obsessive horses, uncontrollable wombats, self-harming dolphins, disturbed goats, and sheep, as well as rabbits, donkeys, roosters, pigs, cats, and monkey—what not!

However, the most complicated thing happens in the case of dogs, as this animal stays very close to human beings. Moreover, their abnormal behaviour disturbs the pet owners.

What Experts Say

According to experts, the best therapist for a distraught animal is another animal. Daniel Peter, who has worked for dozens of dogs over the past two decades, tells the story of a pet dog named Mark. When his mate died of disease, Mark began to lick and chew his fur. After some months, the dog had large bald patches, and after examination, a big hairball was also found in his stomach that the fur had formed.

My dog losing balance and shaking

To treat him, a female dog named Bella was bought for giving him company. Mark started to play with her, and after some days Mark’s depression was gone. He slowly got back his earlier performance and skill.

So, here I would suggest you not to get worried if your dog starts behaving strangely. Before going to a veterinarian, you can try this method, and bring a companion for him or her.

It was also found that dogs suffer from motivated food problem due to the existence of impaired gene: such as begging more frequently, paying more attention during meal time and scavenging for scraps more often, which resulted increasing about 2 kg weight.

According to Stephen O’Rahilly, a senior author, said: “The research on Labradors may not only help the well-being of companion animals. It can also carry important lessons for human well being.”


We dog owners know how much it hurts when we see our beloved dogs becomes sick and feeble. It was horrible when I saw my dog was acting scared and strangely. It turned out that he had virus fever. I consulted with my vet, and he gave him medications. Soon the situation developed for the better.

So, make sure to consult your veterinarian physician before doing anything hasty. Don’t forget to give them healthy food and proper care. Especially when the seasons change, these situations start to occur.

If the case is completely behavioural, I would suggest you give them more time and train them. Take them for strolls. With time the situation will improve.

But when your dog loses mind, I again recommend health checks in the early stages, because there may be a medical problem. Alternatively, if the owners thinks otherwise, it could turn into a health hazard.

Besides, inspiring the dog’s mind and attracting the animal to new things is another method. You can bring out the best in them by finding ways to work with a dog’s instinctual nature.

In that case, the regular, timely walk offers a structured routine that makes bondage with your dog. Notably, the playtime can give you more opportunities to establish an even deeper bond and enrich their lives.

You must ensure that play sessions would be productive and fun too. It will strengthen mental component in addition to the physical condition. However, you must remember, a dog plays two ways, first as a dog, and secondly it plays as a breed.

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