When noticing a change in your dog’s body language, it’s important to understand what the cause might be. Every dog expresses fear, anxiety, and stress differently and for every dog, different strategies might help to relieve these feelings.
Read on to learn about the top 7 signs that your dog is experiencing stress, followed by 7 things you can do to calm your dog.
How to tell if your dog is stressed or anxious?
Like humans, every dog is different in how they express stress and anxiety. However, below are the top 7 signs that your dog is stressed:
What is my dog stressed or anxious about?
The list of what might cause your dog to feel stress or anxiety is vast. Some causes can be relatively easy to detect because your dog shows an immediate reaction after a certain event. For example, your dog dashes behind the couch when hearing the loud noise of a passing garbage truck or barks excessively after the first blasts from the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
But the reasons why your dog might show stress or anxiety can also be obscure.
A dog that continuously barks without a clear reason can be challenging to understand. In these cases, you should try to dig deeper by taking your dog’s history into account if known. Has your dog had a bad experience with other dogs and he spotted another dog you didn’t notice? Or maybe you have a senior dog, who has dementia and gets confused sometimes?
Dogs also can sense stress in you, which in turn can stress them. If you are calm and relaxed, your dog will most likely mirror your state. If you are worried, stressed, or anxious about something, these feelings can transfer to your dog. If you notice tension in yourself, try and let go of it and watch your dog for changing reactions as well.
However, if your dog continues to show signs of acutely stress-levels and anxiety and you are unable to alleviate these, talk to your vet for detecting possible reasons.
7 things you can do to calm your dog
Before resorting to supplements or even medication to ease your dog’s anxiety or stress, there are many other alternatives that are proven to be effective remedies. Avoiding triggers, training your dog, or preparing for stressful situations can significantly help to alleviate stress and anxiety. However, you should consult your veterinarian or a behaviourist if your dog experiences severe anxiety which cannot be eased by you or the tips outlined above.
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