Is Your Dog Stressed? Here’s How You Can Identify the Signs
Have you noticed lately that your furry friend is not as energetic as he/she used to be? Their eating and sleeping patterns have changed and they are not playing with you as they used to. Well, it’s quite possible that your dog may be stressed. Just like people, dogs too feel stressed. Your canine companion may be stressed because of the loss of a family member or another pet. A new baby in the house or a new pet, or even moving into a different house can trigger stress. Just like human beings, dogs exhibit signs of stress by either eating less or more, sleeping a lot or withdrawing from friends and family. Seeing your canine companion under stress can be stressful for you too. But the good news is that we can help you identify signs of stress and what you can do to alleviate your dog’s stress and make him or her feel better.
Here are a few telling signs that your dog is stressed:
1. Change in eating and sleeping habits: When your dog is sad, just like humans, he/she may eat less or not eat at all. Some dogs may eat a lot as they turn to food for comfort. They may also sleep a lot more than they usually do. When you come home you may find your dog not jumping up to greet you.
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2. Whining: If your dog feels stressed, then he/she may growl or whine. This is a sign that something is making them anxious. They may even growl and whine constantly as if they are trying to tell you something. Instead of discouraging your fluffy friend, you can just give them some space.
3. Hiding: Is your dog avoiding you or hiding behind a sofa? Well, dogs typically hide when they are either sick or injured. If it’s not physical, then they may be having some emotional problem. Instead of right away assuming that your dog is stressed, it’s best to get your pet checked by a vet.
4. Excessive licking: Though licking is a normal behaviour, if you find your dog licking his/her paw excessively, then maybe they are doing it to soothe themselves and to feel better. Excessive licking is a behavioural problem and is a sign of anxiety. It can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
5. Pacing: When dogs pace back and forth continuously, it’s a sign that something is bothering them. There is nothing to worry about if it happens during mealtimes or for a short while. But if they are pacing back and forth for a long time, it may be a cause of concern. In older dogs, this problem is often associated with dementia.
Decode your dog’s sudden change in behaviour with the help of a dog behaviourist
Has your dog shown any of the above mentioned signs of stress? I can help your dog to bounce back from stress. I am an expert dog behaviourist and can help assess any issues that you may have about your dog. You can book a one-to-one dog training home visit or a virtual home visit. I can help pet owners develop healthy and happy pet-owner relationships.