I recently took my dog for a long-overdue grooming session, and even though he came home looking fresh and clean, he’s been hiding under furniture, and refuses to go play outside (which he LOVES).
What could be the reason (s) for this incredibly, kind of skittish, and just not himself behavior? Does my dog not like his haircut? Was the grooming experience very unpleasant or traumatizing for him?
There could be several reasons for dog depressed after grooming or a dog depressed after moving, but the first thing I would do in this case is visit a vet to make sure that there is nothing medically wrong with him.
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Causes of Depression in Dogs
Dog depression is similar to the kind we as humans experience. And just like humans, there are myriad different causes of depression in dogs, and a bad grooming experience could be one of them.
It’s hard to know what’s causing dog depression because we can’t ask them, and neither can they tell us that they aren’t feeling good. But the two main causes of dog depression are the loss of an owner or loss of a companion animal.
Further, dogs also pick up on our emotions, so if the owner is sick, the dog could be responding to his/her grief.
Signs of Depression in Dogs
Some signs of dog depression are pretty obvious like when I mentioned my dog refusing to go play outside.
Other signs of dog depression aren’t as straightforward such as moping or mood changes after something like a haircut.
So, how do you know if your pup is experiencing canine depression after a grooming session? Here are several common signs, and many of them are similar to signs of depression in people.