Why does my dog stand still and stare? A Step-by-Step Guide

Sensing or Hearing Something: Canines have incredible hearing; they can hear things very far away and can also pick up noises at different frequencies than we can (the canine frequency range is 40kHz VS ours of only 20kHz. When inside the home and confined by walls, a dog may hear something outside that you cannot hear, and, its interest being piqued, it will concentrate on that noise to identify it and to learn more about it.

old-dog-3Attention Seeking: Sometimes a dog will stare to gain attention. If a dog senses that it will get its owner’s attention by just sitting and staring at “nothing” it may purposely do this in order for his owners to come over to him, talk and pat it.

One reason for your dog staring into space could be due to what is known as an Absence Seizure, which is the term given to a staring spell. This type of seizure is a brief (usually less than 15 seconds) disturbance of brain function due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Why Do Dogs Stare At Walls?

Dogs may intermittently stare at a wall, and this behavior may be concerning to a pet owner. Sometimes the reason why a dog stares at a wall is simply because they see or hear something. In other cases, this behavior may actually be a sign of confusion or cognitive dysfunction, a seizure disorder, or a habitual behavior that has developed over time.

They Hear Something

Occasionally insects and rodents will get into the walls. If your dog hears something scurrying or scratching inside a wall, they may go to investigate and then stare at it. Dogs are able to hear much better than humans can so even if you dont hear anything, your dog may. If you notice this happening often, you might want to look into a possible pest problem.

Why Is My DOG STARING at Me? (4 Common Reasons)

If you have ever walked into a room and seen your beloved canine staring intently at the wall, it can be genuinely a strange sight. We all know as dog owners that our fluffy family members have some odd behaviors, and each habit they have typically had its reason for doing it. This behavior is no exception.

There are several reasons why your pup might be exhibiting this behavior, and no, it’s unlikely that it’s a ghost, so you can take a breath, put out the sage, and take the local ghost hunter off speed dial! The behavior can range from being just that, a behavior out of boredom, to a medical condition. It’s essential to also pay attention to how your dog is acting to rule out whether you should consult your pet’s veterinarian. In most cases, the good news is that it’s often not a medical condition that is causing them to stare at the walls.

No, as I said before, It’s not probable that they are sensing an otherwordly presence, but their heightened hearing and smell could be picking up something, and they are trying to place the sound. If they are sitting there intently focused on a specific spot, with their head tilting side to side, ears perked up, listening, I would try sitting with them to see if you can hear anything. You might even want to press your ear against the wall, and you might just find that you have visitors inside the walls. If you watch long enough, your dog might show you precisely what that pest is.