I never would have thought this
December 1, 2012 6:00pm CST
Last week my silly little bischon shihtzu went up the seat of the couch and over the back of it after a toy. Between take off and landing she strained a muscle. She's been limping ever since. I had her checked out theres nothing broken. and she will heal fine. What i never would have thought is that she'd act even more hurt than she is when she knows we're watching. I've seen her running around with the other dog from the kitchen...as soon as she realizes im looking her little leg comes up and she hops around looking all wimpy and pathetic. Yes she gets loves and pets, but no more than normal. I did spend a while brushing tthe matts off her leg after she licked it til it was matted. Have you ever had a pet act more hurt when they know you're watching then when they think you arent?
3 Dec 12
I never heard about a dog acting hurt when watched by the owner. Your dog is such a figure! Maybe her leg really hurts and she forgets about it when she plays with the other dog. I've noticed that our dog also forgets about the pain when she meets other dogs. She may not necessarily play with them but she doesn't look bothered by the problem she had before meeting the other dog.
17 Dec 12
I think you are correct. I knew she was still hurting because she wasnt trying to jump up on the couch and the furniture. She takes being "doctored" really well. AFter 4 weeks Her limp is much less pronounced now..a little more so after she jumps off something now than when she just walks.
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2 Dec 12
There is also the chance that when your dog initially hurt her leg, your reaction was the cause of her acting. I know most people, myself included, would jump up an run over and try to console the dog to make sure it's alright. That response could be why she is acting when she sees you because she enjoyed that care.
17 Dec 12
That makes sense. She was hurt - actually had a ligament damaged no broken bones and i do know the ligaments tend to take a lot longer to heal. I was just surprised at how active she would be with scooter and then all limpy when she noticed we were watching. She's healed up quite a bit more now. She's back to trying to get up on the couch and bed which she wasnt the first two weeks.
2 Dec 12
HI friend, It sound like your dog is really a good actor. I'm not really sure why your dog is acting that way. Maybe she wants you to continue what your doing with her. It's like a child pretending to be sick since he enjoys the TLC given by his parents. Well if your dog is playing with her friends then she's fine. I think you just need to show her that you are the boss so that she won't act this way again.