Why is Your Dog Acting Strange and Scared?

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 to be scared and acting 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 rain them harder. There is a possibility of your dog not befriending you. Consulting an animal behavior 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 Strange and 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, but that behavior 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 virus fever and acted strangely 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 a dog to be 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 sign physical sign that 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 him/her. When they are scared, they seek help from their masters. Not only it will make you calm, but also it will make your bonding better with him/her. When the stress is gone, it will be jolly and stirred.

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

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Final Thoughts

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

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 behavioral, I would suggest you give them more time and train them. Take them for strolls. With time the situation will improve.

If you want to know about excited dogs and their symptoms, visit our related blog.  

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