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Our dog was acting completely, 100% normal when we came home from work. Excited to see us, playing with his toys, eating his dinner. Totally, perfectly normal. While we were cooking dinner, he noticed a fly. He chased it around for a minute, and then it landed on him. Literally at that moment his behavior did a total 180. He got unsettled, scared, running into his crate. We couldn't get him out for over an hour. At first, I just thought he was scared and was being a goof. But he has been acting this way now for several hours. He is hiding in corners, and won't eat or drink, and panting heavily, and was even acting unsettled during our walk (but he did still have his normal nightly poo.. not sure if that matters). This literally came out of left field and I am so confused and worried. Any advice or anything would be appreciated. If the behavior persists another day, we will definitely be taking him to the vet. :(
 

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If he is eating, drinking, pooping etc. normally it doesn't sound like something a vet can help with, it is behavioral from the few details you provide. Unless it was more than a fly and it bit him and caused some sort of allergic response I can't see how a vet will be able to help.

Many times a dog suddenly becomes scared of the most innate, mundane things for seemingly no reason. For example my dog is terrified of floor grates because one time we walked over an unstable one that made a loud clang. He will not go anywhere near anything that resembles a grate ever again. He is also terrified of the back alley behind our apartment and we have no idea why.

Moral of the story, something likely startled him and he is scared. It is often hard to figure out what but it seems to be a fly. How to deal with this isn't always easy, especially if it's something that happened at home. I'd simply try showing him that there is nothing to fear, allow him to leave his crate whenever he is comfortable, or try and coax him out with treats/play/toys etc. to show him it's safe. Do not force your dog to do anything he is scared of! It will only get worse if you do that. Just reassure him, treat him etc. It's the same as training him, you're just training him not to be scared.
 
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