If your dog is sitting in a corner, you may wonder why and what you can do about it. This article shows why dogs do it and what they can do about it.So why is my dog sitting in the corner? The conceivable reason is that it feels safe there, it is uneasy, it may find there more comfortable or encourage accidental action. There are many possible causes, so it helps to think about the causes that make each more likely. Once you have a better understanding of the main causes, it should be easier to decide what to do about it.
Why your dog sits in a corner
Below are a number of reasons why your dog is doing it and why they are likely to be the main reason.
it feels safe there
The reason why it does it may feel safe there because the wall provides protection for it from behind. This would be more likely if it did more if it was abused in the past or sometimes there are other people or animals around to care about it. This will help you figure out if something is feeling uneasy and try to stop it if possible.
Maybe it’s because something is causing anxiety. This is more likely if you do it at certain times, such as when a particular person or animal is around, when there is noise outside, or when you are away. If you do it when you are away or when you are about to leave, it would be a sign by having separation anxiety.
it finds there more comfortable
You might just sit in the corner because it is more comfortable in the corner. If the wall is cool and you can’t see any signs of anxiety, this is more likely if you’re leaning against the wall. In this case, try to train to sit there, giving you another more comfortable place where you can sit or lie, as shown below.
It may be encouraging you to sit in a corner by rewarding you when you do it. Instead of giving it what it wants, when it’s sitting there, it helps to sit elsewhere and train it to reward it when you sit where you want to sit.
feel it’s threatened
The reason why it does it may be because it feels threatened. This is more likely if a particular person or animal is sitting in a corner at a certain time, such as when they are around, or when they show submissive signs such as hiding their tails, and appear to be crying because they are small in themselves.
If you have a dog recently, you may not feel comfortable in your new environment yet. In this case, you should start feeling more comfortable in a few weeks. But you can help by training it and giving it another comfortable place to lie. If it doesn’t start to improve, it will help you get help from vets and dog behaviorists.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when thinking about the main reason your dog is doing it.
What else happened when you first started?
If you didn’t always sit in the corner, it will help you think about what happened to others when it first started. If it suddenly starts it, it can be due to something such as learning to get a reward when doing it, the weather getting hot, the walls getting cooler or feeling uneasy that new people or animals are around.
What’s the difference when you’re not sitting there?
If you’re not always sitting in a corner, it’s also helpful to think about what’s different when you’re not sitting there. For example, if you hear noise outside or do more when someone is around, you may be uneasy.
What to do with your dog sitting in the corner
Here’s what you can do to stop your dog from sitting there.
train to sit elsewhere
One thing is to train it to sleep in another place using positive strengthening training. This is a place that encourages you to behave close to your memories by rewarding them when they show signs of behaving that way. Use it to make your dog sit or lie in a certain place, and you’ll reward when you’re showing signs sitting there as shown in the video below.
Give a comfortable area to sit and lie
It also helps to encourage you to sit in a comfortable, cool, safe and quiet place. One option is to use crate training to give you an area where you can go where it can feel safe.
Don’t encourage me to sit in the corner.
As mentioned earlier, part of the cause may have encouraged you to sit there. Instead, lie somewhere else as above and help to train it to sit there and reward you.
If you can’t get your dog to stop, or if you’re often worried, getting help from a dog behaviorist is one of the options. In doing so, you should be able to see why your dog behaves that way and how to stop it.