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Is your Dog Stressed or Anxious?

Updated: Nov 11, 2023

How to tell and what to do.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel settled on carpet

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ How can I tell? ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ• Our dogs get stressed and anxious just like us. Perhaps your dogโ€™s behaviour has been out of character lately.

๐Ÿ‘ How have they been behaving?

โœ… Have they been playing up or acting out?

๐Ÿ˜ณ Maybe theyโ€™ve been tense or have frozen up?

๐Ÿงธ Have they been unusually needy or withdrawn?

A Pug dog wrapped up in a blanket on a bed

๐ŸŒก Symptoms can include:

๐Ÿ“ฃ Unjustified barking

๐Ÿฅ˜ Lack of appetite

๐Ÿ’ฉ Wind, bloating, diarrhoea/constipation

๐Ÿ• Abnormal shedding / dandruff

๐Ÿคค Excessive drooling

๐Ÿ˜ฑ If only our dog's could tell us how they're feeling! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

๐Ÿ• Fortunately all dogs are masters of communication using body language.

๐Ÿพ All the signs are there if you know what to look forโ€ฆ

โš ๏ธ 10 Signs your dog is feeling stressed or Anxious! ๐Ÿšจ

1. Tail tucked under

2. Tensed up muscles ๐Ÿ†˜

3. Position of ears: rigid or flattened (โ€˜pinned backโ€™)

4. Excessive scratching

5. Excessive lip or nose licking ๐Ÿถ

6. Excessive yawning or panting ๐Ÿ‘…

7. Excessive pacing ๐Ÿ•

8. Showing the whites of their eyes (called โ€˜whale-eyeโ€™ or โ€˜side-eyeโ€™ ๐Ÿ‘€ Theyโ€™re not judging you theyโ€™re stressed!)

9. Lip curling: showing gums/teeth (before snarling/growling/snapping) ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

10. Trembling or shivering ๐Ÿฅถ

Dalmatian dog tongue flicking licking own nose

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ What is making my dog stressed or anxious? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

โš ๏ธ Stress and anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, these can include:

๐Ÿ•ฐ Lack of a routine/disruption (to walking/feeding times)

๐Ÿ˜ Boredom or frustration

๐Ÿคฏ Being overwhelmed (groups of unknown dogs)

๐Ÿ– Strangers hands petting (adults/children)

๐Ÿ“ฃ Strange noise/s

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Separation related issues / isolation distress

๐Ÿ˜ณ Hyper attachment to one person

๐Ÿ˜ญ Previous traumatic experiences (doggy PTSD)

๐Ÿคฌ Your own mood

๐Ÿ• A lack of dog training

A working Collie dog stalking herding

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ What can I do to help my dog?

๐Ÿ‘€ Now you know what to look for when your dog is showing signs of stress and anxietyโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Hire a pro dog trainer! ๐Ÿ†˜

๐Ÿ‘‰ Get Expert Advice and Support.

๐Ÿ• 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.

๐Ÿ˜ฐ Untrained dogs suffer needless anxiety trying to understand what it is their owners want from them.

Portrait of a Golden Retriever dog yawning isolated background

๐Ÿค” Can my dog's stress and anxiety be cured? ๐Ÿ’Š

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธIf you think your dog is stressed and is displaying signs of anxiety the First Thing To-Do is consult your Vet.

๐Ÿ’Š Solution and remedies are available! ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Learn what supplements and approaches your vet and trainer can recommend to help your dog cope better in life.

๐Ÿ•ฏ There is hope for your dog, if you would like to know more:

โ˜Ž๏ธ Contact us here today to discuss the next steps on your dogโ€™s journey to a stress free life.

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