Is Your Dog Accident Prone?
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?
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:
- He fell off a dock at Big Bear head-first into the water.
- He got stuck in the crawlspace under our house.
- He had a terrible accident in the back bathroom
- He was regularly chased by coyotes.
How about your dog accident prone or not?