What is “Pancaking” or “Belly Crouching”?

Is that something from IHOP? I wish. Although I’ve never had a pancake I’m sure it would taste quite delicious.

But “pancaking” refers to a submissive behavior common in a lot of small dogs. It happens when your dog is nervous. He lowers his or her belly to the ground and creeps forward on his elbows and haunches. It could also be seen when your dog is suddenly frightened while outside and won’t move. Or like me, I stop suddenly and back up, low to the ground. Sometimes I get scared. Other times I do this just because I don’t want to move.

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