If you have a dog, you know most mornings you are greeted by your little friend licking your face or just jumping around. After all, it’s a new day and they want you to get up and join in on the fun!
There are times you can’t figure out where your dog has gone but then realize he is hiding under your bed. You might wonder why your little friend would hide like that but their behavior is not always easy to understand.
In most incidences, this is absolutely normal behavior so don’t be alarmed. In many cases, dogs will hide under the bed because it’s a dark area and it’s a comfortable spot for them to feel safe and take a nap. In some cases, dogs will enjoy the carpet under your bed and the temperature seems to suit them just fine.
If you find your dog hiding under the bed most of the time, you might consider creating an area that is similar in your home. Consider a soft bed with a blanket or a kennel with a blanket on the floor.
Signs That Something’s Wrong
There can be signs that something is wrong if your dog is hiding under the bed because they are ill or anxious. If your dog has body aches and pains, finding a spot under the bed will allow them to be left alone.
Anxiety can be brought on by fireworks, thunderstorms or even a party with people and loud music. Dogs will feel safer hiding under the bed because it will block off the loud noises and remove some of their stress. Keep in mind, it’s not just dogs, cats will do the same thing under the same circumstances.
If your pet suffers from anxiety, you can help them deal with their stress in a positive way. Experts at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine believe that anxiety brought on by thunderstorms or fireworks can be addressed. Set up similar situations to set off their anxiety while helping them to become familiar with these sounds and not react to them.
You can use recorded sounds of thunderstorms or fireworks and slowly increase the volume but at a minimum. Praise your dog and give him or her a treat when they do not react to the sound. Continue to increase the sound, gradually, to reinforce their behavior in a positive way.
They will eventually become indifferent to these sounds and not show negative responses. There are also several Anxiety Blankets or Wraps that are available at pet stores or online that you might want to consider.
Keep your training sessions down to 5 minutes each day. Going overboard with more sessions on a daily basis can overwhelm your dog.
In most cases, your dog hiding under the bed is probably perfectly harmless but if this is new behavior and you feel something else is going on, you should take your friend to your vet and get him or her checked out.