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Common Reasons Why Is My Dog Pacing

Have you ever asked yourself – why is my dog pacing? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This action can be baffling to pet owners, especially when there aren’t any obvious reasons why.

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Let’s examine the top reasons why dogs pace and go over the ways in which you can help your furry friend settle down if this action is caused by stress or anxiety.

They’re Searching For Something

No one likes losing their belongings, including dogs. Your pet may pace when they’ve misplaced something, like their favorite toy. This could include a bone, stuffed toy, ball, or treat. 

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Your Dog Is Excited

Anyone who’s had a dog knows they can be full of energy, especially when they’re excited. Pacing can be a way for them to release some of their built-up energy.

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They’re Hungry

Some dogs love mealtime more than others. The pacing could be your pet’s way of letting you know that they’re ready for food. Dogs might not be able to read clocks, but they still have a sense of what time it is. 

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They’re in Pain

Your dog could be pacing because they’re in pain and can’t get comfortable laying down. Things like arthritis, joint pain, or pulled muscles are examples of conditions that might be causing them high levels of discomfort. 

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Your Dog Is Developing Dementia 

Dog dementia, formally known as canine cognitive dysfunction, is a degenerative disease that can affect older canines. It causes them to become disoriented and confused, which can lead to pacing. 

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