View Full Version : Rocco scared of Flies and Mosquitoes

15th June 2009, 09:26 PM
Rocco is now 2 years old. when he was a pup he got bit by a mosquito and when he turn around to see what hurt him he saw a something fly away. Could it be that he remembers that and now when ever he sees flies he panics and hides behind me. You should see him, i'll video tape him. He actually jumps up and tries to eat them. Its funny but sad. they're are driving him crazy. Has anyone heard of this before.

Steph & Caroline

16th June 2009, 01:22 AM
Two of my dogs do this- it's a game to them! ;) and I think this is very normal for MOST dogs to run around trying to catch bugs, flies, mosquitos, butterflies, etc.

16th June 2009, 04:02 PM
Yes, my cavalier will chase flies. When they are on the window trying to get out, Buster will attack.

It is not that they may be afraid, they may find it fun, or challenging. I wouldn't worry, but I would love to see a video to see what you are talking about.

16th June 2009, 04:31 PM
I do not want to alarm you but there is a disease found in Cavaliers called Fly Catchers Syndrome. It is a compulsive-type behaviour in which they try to catch imaginary flies by snapping at them. It is one thing if your dogs do this occasionally trying to catch real bugs that you can see (one of my Clumbers does this, she also follows ants across the deck!), but something else if it is more frequent and you suspect flies really are not there. Here is a link to some information: http://www.cavalierhealth.org/flycatchers.htm.