Why does my dog want affection then run away?

asked 2018-01-18 07:40:20 -0500

Our dog Khloe is a 4 year old beagle terrier, We got her at a shelter last summer. I don’t know her history but do know she was surrendered because they were moving. She was trained to the extent where she knows her name and knows to sit. She doesn’t need a leash when outside. So she listens well, she is not afraid of us. But it seems that she has anxiety. She will be laying on the couch, and look so sad, will make eye contact and look away. Will look sad,until I approach and pet her she lights up a bit,maybe a couple of wags. Only time she really gets excited is when we come home,food and going outside. But what prompted me to post is that she will beg for attention,to the point that she whimpers. if you pet her and stop she whimpers. And if you give her a lot of attention, when you stop she runs to the other couch or to her crate. I am just so confused on her behavior and it is discouraging to me. I feel like I either do something wrong or I’m ignoring her too much. She sleeps with us,she lays down next to us when we are home. I even thought that i could spoil her some. I started serving some canned food into her dry and giving more treats for excitement. What can I do or am doing wrong?

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Often this is a dog’s Way of having naughty fun, what toddler doesn’t love hide and go seek. Same for dogs. It’s like that coy child at recess who taps you and says “Chase me!”

Yolanda O.'s profile image Yolanda O.  ( 2018-02-03 21:40:01 -0500 ) edit

It could also mean that your dog is so excited she’s not sure what to do. I play a game with my dog where she has to find me and then when she does, I’ll say Boo. She jumps up and down with pretend fright.

Yolanda O.'s profile image Yolanda O.  ( 2018-02-03 21:42:56 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-03-19 09:39:04 -0500

My dog does the same thing, she also does it when we're playing. It's all fun and games!

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answered 2018-03-14 17:50:53 -0500

I'd agree with the comments above. It sounds like your dog is trying to play with you but in a strange/naughty way.

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Our rescue dog Josie does it too! We call it "playing hard to get". She looks sad but waits for us to come to her. She is actually training us! We dont mind because shes so cute. When one of us has been away - she really plays hard to get. Shes testing us to see how much we really love her❤

Cynthia L.'s profile image Cynthia L.  ( 2018-03-28 22:38:02 -0500 ) edit

I adopted a rescue last year who was in a neglect/abuse situation. His old owner would kick his housemate and he would bite her, and was in fear of people. He loves belly rubs and love, but runs away from me too. I just accept that he has phobia, and shower him with "Good boy! & positive talk!

Suzanne S.'s profile image Suzanne S.  ( 2018-05-16 01:36:42 -0500 ) edit

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