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Old 11-04-2009, 03:48 AM
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Default Does any of your chihuahua's...Flatten?

A pot/pan fell tonight and scared my new little guy. ( I assume)... I cant really describe it, but he flattened himself to the ground almost and I picked him up and his body was still flat for a few minutes. is this okay? I just got really nervous. I have heard of this before once ( i think) but i just want to have other's opinions?

I tried searching for it on here, but havent found anything so now of course, i am more nervous
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what do you mean he passed out from being scared?
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someone else on this forum calls it "pancake"...it was on another post
when my guy is scared he doesnt flatten...he RUNS FOR HIS LIFE lol!



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Neeci flattens out when she is scared by something if she doesn't think there is a good place to run. She will lay her ears back and smoosh her entire body as close to the floor as she can. I try not to touch her when she is like that especially if what she was afraid of was not really a threat. I don't want to reinforce the fear and I let her come out of it on her own so she can see she survived on her own.

I think it is an all dog thing though as my pit bull will do the same thing if he is afraid of something or knows that he is about to get into trouble for messing with the trash or something. LOL. He is 80lbs though and obviously can't disappear as easily as Neeci.
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Sounds like a freeze, flight or fight response to fear. I agree with letting them alone if they drop down low like that. Going about normal activities will prevent your from reinforcing their fears.

Jerry doesn't flatten--he tucks his tail and runs like a rabbit!
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Coco does both she flattens and runs for it, it depends on what position in the room she is, if someone or something is in the doorway she wouldnt run past if she got a fright from someone so would flatten if the doorways clear she's run out the way lol! Your wee doggie will be fine, he jus got a lil fright and would have forgotten all about it by now. Dont worry ! x
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Elise runs like crazy then comes back to see what happened but tink just bows down and walks away slowly like it was her fault
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I'm so nervous,... so what I thought was the "pancaking" I thinkare sugar shocks. (hyperglycemic) I thought it was strange that in the last week, he did it 2 more times and once was in the middle of the night when he woke up. Unless something scared him. I am taking him to the vet as soon as an app opens up but they said to give him the nutrical. He is 9 and a half weeks, 2lbs 2 oz. I thought he was just having a fear reaction. He tucks his body and flattens to the floor for about a minute or two. Once, he shook a bit. I am really scared and sad for him. Will he have them the rest of his life? He's been eating pretty good. I fee him california natural mixed w a bit of what the breeder was give him but have been weening it down now. The breeder was giving him Performance Plus. (never heard of it)
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