Dealing with your dog’s Trancing

By Valdette Muller| February 21, 2014 | Blog

cba3bc3de4458ab9d11c0528582a270dHave you ever noticed your dog slowly walking around a bush with the leaves gently touching its skin, blissfully unaware of the rest of the world? Trancing or Ghost Walking is a common occurrence among dogs and can be a scary experience for owners who aren’t used to seeing their usually active dogs behaving this way.

The Science of Trancing

Although scientists are still trying to find out what triggers trancing and why dogs do it, they do agree that it is not a neurological disorder, seizure or a form of attention-seeking. In fact, it seems to be something that dogs enjoy doing and should you call them out of it, with some difficulty we might add, they appeared annoyed and irritated. Here’s a great example of a Bull Terrier in trancing mode:

While trancing, dogs slowly creep under hanging objects such as bushes, low-hanging branches or even a table cloth. They seem to be stimulated by the light touch of the object, lost in their own translation. According to a post on,  Donna Moran’s Greyhound, Festus, trances for up to 5 minutes at a time. When he’s done, he simply continues with life as usual without any signs of being affected – except for being a happier dog.

 Breeds Affected by Trancing

i_love_trance_dog_t_shirt-rf4a295f49eac4522ad7b6ac50a4e7410_v9w7f_8byvr_324According to case studies, it seems some breeds are trancing more than others. Greyhounds, Bull Terriers and Basset Hounds are regular trancers, but it also occurs among Jack Russels, Labradors, Australian Cattle Dogs and Puggles.

How to deal with it

If your dog loves trancing, the best way to deal with it is to let them savour the moment – don’t try to get them out it as it might cause unnecessary aggravation. Once they’re done stimulating their senses, stimulate their minds with a treat maze from Shinga. Used inside or out, the maze functions as an interactive food bowl and activates their minds in a fun way.

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