Top 5 Clear Signs Of A Stressed Dog And How To Reduce It

  • 07/03/2022
stressed-dog.jpegDealing with a stressed pet dog can be taxing, especially if the owner doesn't know what to do to resolve the issue. Thankfully, the next section will discuss the top five (5) apparent signs of an anxious dog, as well as the steps on minimizing anxiety.

    Variations in Vocalization

      We might think that a dog's vocalization is self-expression in most cases. If, however, your canine pal barks or whimpers or whines often excessively and frantically, it's a positive sign that the dog has become anxious.

      Check on your companion immediately every time this unusual barking or whining indicator manifests. They might be trying to catch your attention and communicate their feelings or calm themselves to remove the anxiety.

      Additionally, look for any environmental factors that may have triggered this alarming sign.

        Unusual Body Language

          Whenever you notice that your puppies are acting strange lately, observe each of his bodily movements as much as you can.

          Some unconventional clues that your dog might be stressed out include a prolonged, intense yawn, excessive drooling and licking, eye contact avoidance, instant urge to heed the call of nature, and loss of appetite.

          However, not all of their suspicious movements can be considered a result of anxiety. If a dog's hackles rise unexpectedly, such a movement may also show signs of excitement or overstimulation apart from stress.

            Abrupt Biological Changes

              Another one of the sure hints that a pet dog has become stressed is a sudden change in ears and eyes.

              For example, anxious dogs - just like stressed-out people - blink rapidly and exhibit dilated pupils. If the sclera (white) on each of your dog's eyes shows up, it's the apparent sign of nervousness.

                Heightened Vigilance

                  Dogs are widely known for having sharp instincts for almost any bad situation that's about to occur. However, this scenario may also indicate signs of emotional strain or worry since, during this stage, pups are constantly fidgeting or pacing.

                  Increased attentiveness refers to a situation wherein your dog eventually becomes extra clingy and is usually on the lookout for any possible bad thing to happen.

                    Aggressive Behaviour

                      Some dogs are territorial, so it's natural for them to growl, defend themselves and thus become aggressive whenever they feel a stranger is in their space.

                      Growling resulting from aggression, however, may also indicate a clue wherein pets have become agitated and uncomfortable.

                      Final Words; How Do I Minimize My Pet Dog's Anxiety?

                      First, identify any possible triggers to your dog's anxiety, learn why your pet became tense, and eliminate those contributors one at a time.

                      Once you have removed those unwanted factors successfully, you may apply the following steps.

                      ●       Build trust by making your dog feel comfortable.

                      ●       Give your dog a safe area to continue providing comfort.

                      ●       Re-examine and improve your routine.

                      ●       Pet your companion gently or offer a soothing massage.

                      ●       Take your dog outside for a walk or an exercise.

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