Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

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Is there such a thing as being “accident prone”? I know we talk about some humans as being accident prone if they tend to get in car accidents or fall down stairs or trip on curbs, or many different sorts of accidents. I don’t think it’s something that’s genetic, I think it’s mostly carelessness.
Wikipedia describes it as: Accident-proneness, also known as clumsiness, is the conception that some people might have predisposition, or that they might be more likely to suffer accidents, such as car crashes and industrial injuries, than other people.
Insurance companies are obviously quite concerned about the reality of this trait and have spent lots of money studying it’s validity. There certainly is supporting evidence to an increased number of accidents in younger males (risk takers) and also people with chronic stress, insomnia or anger issues. It makes sense that people who are distracted or frustrated are going to have more accidents.
What about your pets? Is there such a thing as an accident prone dog? We all know the adage that cats have nine lives – we wrote about that myth before. But are they accident prone?

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Our dog Tino was probably the most accident-prone of any of our dogs, which fits, he was a young male and did dumb things. One day we were walking up a path through the canyon behind our house. The walls of the canyon were steep, a cliff on one side of the trail and a steep drop off on the other. I always walked Sally and Tino off leash back there as there was rarely anyone around and they really had nowhere to go except on the trail cut into the canyon. This day Tino decided he wanted to go up the side of the canyon – he saw a bird or something he wanted to chase and off he went – it was almost a 90 degree angle, but he didn’t care. He got about three leaps up the hill and then gravity took over and he fell with a flop, flat on his back on the trail. Luckily, he wasn’t hurt.
There were times when he’d go racing out the dog door because he heard the mailman coming and slip on the kitchen floor and miss the dog door with a big bang. Didn’t stop him though, he’d pick himself up and off he’d go to do his job.
After he went blind, he had more accidents, although it was probably due to the blindness than anything else. One day we were walking Sally and Tino in our neighborhood in the evening. We were walking by our neighbors and all of a sudden Tino just disappeared. Our neighbor had some sprinkler work done and the gardener had left a hole at the edge of their yard, not big, about 2×2, but about 2 feet deep so poor Tino fell face first into it. He was fine.
Other accidents Tino had:

How about your dog accident prone or not?


Additional Readings:
Walking disaster? Why some are accident prone
What type of person is accident-prone?
Is your dog clumsy? Top 10 most accident-prone dogs

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  1. Oh no! Poor Tino!

    Luckily we haven’t had any major accidents that needed surgery but Zoe has injured her back at the dog park. She was bulldozed by my friend’s bigger dog and her sister.. Sigh.. She’s mostly fine now, though. It was a couple of years ago and she just needed rest and some chiropractic work done. I’m way more careful about interactions with bigger dogs now.

    Phoenix has had quite a few scrapes and booboos but for the most part she’s been fine.
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  2. What shall I say…. yes? or no?… hmmmm…. let’s say I’m related with your Tino :o)
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  3. Never thought about this, but I do bed some dogs are accident prone. My sisters and I are not which is a good thing as my mom is. Not really with driving or things like that, but with just walking or running, she is always doing something dumb and getting hurt. We’ve heard it happens to people who think a lot and don’t pay enough attention to their surroundings which could be Mom’s problem. Poor Tino, hopefully he laughed it off like Mom does.
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  4. Poor tino, I’m glad he was fine each time. Gman was accident prone when he was a puppy and Norman was alive. He seemed to alway fine his head in Normans mouth
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  5. I’m not sure you can consider Penny accident prone or if it’s just been one, uninterrupted, crash since the day she came home.

  6. Oh Poor Tino and mom and dad! lol Don’t think mine are accident prone but I will knock on wood just in case! 😉
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  7. Oh poor Tino! Luckily Kilo is pretty good for how reckless he is lol

  8. Fortunately, (knock on wood) none of our dogs have been accident prone. I have been to the orthopedic doctor several times for tripping or trying to avoid steeping on my dogs. They make me prone to injuries! ☺
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    • BOL…I can see tripping over small dogs would be a problem – I trip on Jack and he’s not small!
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  9. YES! Lucas is so accident-prone, the poor thing. He slips and falls… even on dry sidewalks. He’s slammed into the fence more times than I can count. He trips over his big old paws, over his brothers, over the cat. He’s the only dog I’ve ever seen bite his tongue – twice! The first time was because he ran head-first into a bench in the park! I’ve always suspected his size is to blame? But he also plays, runs, and wrestles with gusto, so it could just be his natural exuberance! 🙂
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  10. OMG…… could NOT stop laughing! YES!!!! I have always had female dogs until now. My boy, Cash, is always getting injured!!!!!!! He has no fear. I think you are right with the “young male” scenario. I believe I am the #1 VIP at my vet’s office. Thankfully, he gets over it quickly. I, on the other hand, think Cash will send me to an early grave.

  11. Don’t have that problem, now if you asked about coordination – I could write you a novel BOL

  12. Well my one husky is clumsy as heck, but I don’t think I would say accident prone. He is just a Chihuahua caught in a big male huskies body! hahaha!
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  13. I never thought about that before, but I bet some dogs are exactly like Tino. That would be a interesting question for a vet to weigh in on.
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