Stressed Dogs are No Fun!

Stress…? Many “non-dog lovers” do not believe me when I say that dogs experience many of the same emotions that humans experience. For example, stress. Dog’s experience stress more regularly then we think.

Do you know how to tell if your dog is stressed out? Well, I do. Below are 13 tell-tell signs that your dog is stress or anxious about something.

  • Their eyes will tell the whole story. The eyes will look sad or hopeless.

  • Pulled back ears or straight ears (they will look “pinned back”) will let you know that they are uneasy.

  • Curled lips, the showing of teeth or gums. Its vital to notice the curled lip because they are preparing to snap as in biting the hell out of you or someone.

  • Stress sounds or noises- this will sound like a growl or a humming noise.

  • Decreased eating.

  • Increased licking.

  • Tucked tail- a tucked tail is a tell-tell sign that their uneasy, anxious or stressed.

  • Unnecessary shaking or shivering.

  • Tense Muscles.

  • Excessive Drooling.

  • Itching and scratching.

  • Excessive licking of the nose and lips.

  • Increased Yawning.

Now that you know can tell that your dog is stressed, below are obvious reason for them being stressed.

  • When a dog’s routine is disrupted or change.

  • Lack of mental stimulation.

  • Unfamiliar noise.

  • Strangers.

  • Your mood, body language, or tone of voice will stress the hell out of a dog, even me, lol.

There are several things that you can do to help reduce their stress.

  • Reduce stressful environmental factors such as noise or environments.

  • Creating a safe zone such as a crate, room, or items to helps to reduce their stress.

  • Training and routine makes for a happy dog. Utilizing training and increased routines make it easier for them to reduce their anxiety and boredom.

  • Consistent caregivers will help to ease the stress or anxiety when you have to leave your dog alone for an extended about of time. Try to use the same pet sitter or company when possible.

Now that you know the signs of stress and anxiety, you'll be able to help to reduce your dogs stress by implementing some of the steps listed above. If your dog continues to struggle with anxiety or stress contact your local veterinarian.

Warm Wags and Smiles,

A woman and her dog

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