Why Your Puppy Is Hiding Under The Sofa And How To Stop It.

  • David
  • August 4, 2017

Looking at puppies for sale in San Diego is usually exciting for first-time pet owners. There are so many things to look forward to, some more exciting than others, but all of them bringing you and your furry friend ever closer together.

One of the things that many novice dog owners don’t know how to deal with is when their puppy begins to crawl behind or under their sofa. Any number of reasons could cause this, from seeking a convenient spot for relaxing to hiding from something scary.

As your puppy becomes increasingly sensitive to his environment – at around the age of 6 months – he begins to respond differently to fear, aggression, territoriality, and other stimuli. The response may involve hiding and growling.

Here are some reasons why and how to deal with them:

  1. A comfy spot

Dogs’ instincts draw them to enclosed spaces. So it is possible that your puppy has found a safe and secure place to relax behind your sofa. This is particularly true for small dog breeds. Your puppy may consider the space a haven where he’s unlikely to be accidentally stepped on, disturbed by pesky animals, or can sleep peacefully without your kids pouncing on him.

  1. Hiding from fear

A new dog or person, a loud bang, or an accident – like getting his paw stepped on – could make your puppy fearful and cause him to hide behind the sofa where no harm will find him. This natural response could develop into a habit if you don’t find ways to eliminate the fears.

  1. Hiding to escape

It is also possible that your puppy is overwhelmed when adopted to an active household, and needs a kind of sanctuary. The space behind or under the sofa may offer a nice spot that is shielded from light so he can sleep peacefully.

What to do

There is really no harm when your puppy sneaks behind or beneath the sofa for some peace and quiet. But if he’s destructive or at risk of exposed cords, you may want to discourage that behavior. To do this, consider:

  • Placing flat storage boxes beneath the sofa so your puppy won’t fit. Fill them up to add weight so he can’t squeeze his way in.
  • Getting him a crate so he has his own safe and comfortable resting place in the house. Remember are essentially den animals, and have no problem staying in small spaces provided they’re secure. Choose an adjustable crate that he can use even as he grows.
  • Use baby gates to keep your puppy away from the room with the sofa. When you’re not available to watch him, confine him to his crate.

Finally, socialize your puppy to make him less fearful of other pets and strangers. Go for walks and allow him to interact with other dogs and people. At home, try to distract him with a toy or game to make him forget the cause of the fear and keep him from retreating.