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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Depression following lost in the woods ordeal

Most of you probably read my other thread about the three pups lost in the woods for a few days. Now that they are all found, two of the dogs seem to be just fine. Belle and Daisy are back to their old selves and seem to be doing fine, if not a bit clingy (to be expected I think). Cooper, however, seems to be depressed, possibly even scared. He wants nothing to do with my other two dogs, and he hardly moves at all unless he is offered food. I spoke with the vet and he will be seen on Friday to see if there is anything physically wrong with him, but right now he seems to be okay physically. It's almost like he is just afraid to try to do anything. When the other dogs are around the food bowls he just walks away and won't eat until they are gone, and he refuses to leave the porch until he is carried down. I know he CAN get up and down the steps, he just doesn't want to.


Anyone else out there have any experience with a lost dog acting like this when they return? Other than taking him to be checked out I'm not really sure what else to do with him. He just lays around all day, and this is a pup that wouldn't lay on the couch with us to save his life before this experience. He was always too busy bouncing off the walls and playing with the other two dogs. I'm really concerned about him; I don't want him to be ruined for life over one experience! :/ I'm probably just overreacting, but I don't want to lose a good dog over something like this.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 09:06 AM
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Just give him time, you don't know what may have happened to him when he was lost. Hopefully when he realizes he is safe in familiar surroundings he will come out of it.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 09:27 AM
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Patience, Patience, and more Patience.
Many years ago we lost 4 beagles hunting bunnies inside Middle Creek. Took a couple days and we recovered 3 of them, but the 4th beagle was found after he was missing for 4 days. The beagle was so scared when we found him he would not even come to the owners sweet wife and she had treats. Darn dog was paralyzed with fear. He was not good for weeks but made a full recovery.
Cooper will too!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 12:50 PM
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Are there many coyotes in the area where the dogs were lost? A year ago some coyotes came in on my beagle while she was circling a rabbit. She was so scared she wouldn't even come to me for after I got to her. I finally got her coaxed to come to me, but she was pretty rattled for a day or two. She returned to normal after that. Your pup might have encountered something like that after a night in the woods.
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