Updated: Jun 2, 2020
🤷🏻♂️ How can I tell? 📝
🐕 Our dogs get stressed and anxious just like us. Perhaps your dog’s behaviour has been out of character lately.
👁 How have they been behaving?
✅ Have they been playing up or acting out?
😳 Maybe they’ve been tense or have frozen up?
🧸 Have they been unusually needy or withdrawn?
🌡 Symptoms can include:
📣 Unjustified barking
🥘 Lack of appetite
💩 Wind, bloating, diarrhoea/constipation
🐕 Abnormal shedding / dandruff
🤤 Excessive drooling
😱 If only our dog's could tell us how they're feeling! 📣
🐕 Fortunately all dogs are masters of communication using body language.
🐾 All the signs are there if you know what to look for…
⚠️ 10 Signs your dog is feeling stressed or Anxious! 🚨
1. Tail tucked under
2. Tensed up muscles 🆘
3. Position of ears: rigid or flattened (‘pinned back’)
4. Excessive scratching
5. Excessive lip or nose licking 🐶
6. Excessive yawning or panting 👅
7. Excessive pacing 🐕
8. Showing the whites of their eyes (called ‘whale-eye’ or ‘side-eye’ 👀 They’re not judging you they’re stressed!)
9. Lip curling: showing gums/teeth (before snarling/growling/snapping) 😬
10. Trembling or shivering 🥶
🤷🏻♂️ What is making my dog stressed or anxious? 😱
⚠️ Stress and anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, these can include:
🕰 Lack of a routine/disruption (to walking/feeding times)
😐 Boredom or frustration
🤯 Being overwhelmed (groups of unknown dogs)
🖐 Strangers hands petting (adults/children)
📣 Strange noise/s
😱 Separation related issues / isolation distress
😳 Hyper attachment to one person
😭 Previous traumatic experiences (doggy PTSD)
🤬 Your own mood
🐕 A lack of dog training
🤷🏻♂️ What can I do to help my dog?
👀 Now you know what to look for when your dog is showing signs of stress and anxiety…
🙋🏻♂️ Hire a pro dog trainer! 🆘
👉 Get Expert Advice and Support.
🐕 A certified dog trainer can help you to avoid inadvertently making your dog more stressed and anxious; by teaching your dog how to cope and behave appropriately under stress.
😰 Untrained dogs suffer needless anxiety trying to understand what it is their owners want from them.
🤔 Can my dog's stress and anxiety be cured? 💊
👨🏻⚕️If you think your dog is stressed and is displaying signs of anxiety the First Thing To-Do is consult your Vet.
💊 Solution and remedies are available! 👍
👩⚕️ Learn what supplements and approaches your vet and trainer can recommend to help your dog cope better in life.
🕯 There is hope for your dog, if you would like to know more: