Why Your Dog Walks in Circles and Likes to Stands in the Corner

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Do you have a dog that’s suddenly (or even gradually) showing a concerning behavior where he walks in circles and likes to stand in the corner? Unfortunately, this bizarre behavior is likely to be health-related and something to check with the vet as soon as possible.

Circling Could be a Sign of Dementia

If you have a senior dog then there could be a likelihood that your dog is suffering from dementia or other related conditions. The circling behavior could be an indication of canine cognitive dysfunction for older dogs. This might be more evident if you notice your dog isn’t focused on any specific thing as he walks in circles.

Your Dog Has Vestibular Disease

The circling and standing behavior may also be due to the development of vestibular disease. The vestibular system in the dog’s body is responsible for helping the dog maintain a normal balance. Any disturbances, especially among elderly dogs, may cause dogs to show strange behaviors like walking in circles.

Development of Stress and Anxiety

It could also be a case where your dog is just super-stressed or anxious. This could explain a dog that suddenly wants to stand or sit in an isolated corner of the house. We strongly suggest checking with the vet to get a proper diagnosis. There’s also a possibility where your dog might have gotten a head injury so it’s important to have your furry pal checked out to avoid further concerns down the road.


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