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Is your Dog Stressed?

Is your Dog Stressed?

Stress is normal for animals. Hunger is an example of a stressor that reminds them to eat. Fear is a stressor that helps them to survive. However, leaving dogs exposed to stress for longer durations can lead to problems.

Your dog may yawn when he is awake, shake off after a bath, or pant on a hot day. But if you see these behaviours together, or they are happening repeatedly, it may be an indication that your pet is stressed. Few pet parents detect stress signals before it is too late. Learning to recognize these simple actions can help prevent larger behavioural problems including aggression, biting, and other violent behaviour.

Is your Dog Stressed?
Lip and Nose Licking
Looks very different from lapping a tasty snack off his mouth.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Stress Yawn
More prolonged and intense than a "sleepy" yawn.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Panting
Especially more than usual on a cool day when he hasn’t exercised much. If your dog suddenly closes his mouth after panting, it may be a warning sign of a bite.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Pinned Ears
No matter what the breed, if the dog’s ears are pinned against the back of his head, be warned!
Is your Dog Stressed?
Avoidance
Looking away or turning away is a sign of being uncomfortable. If you push too much, it will lead to aggression. Respect your dog’s choices.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Shaking Off
Usually follows an unpleasant activity. Bathing or meeting a vet could be reasons.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Low Tail Carriage
The tail between the legs is a classic sign of fear, but sometimes the tail gives less obvious signals.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Excessive Shedding
Spotty or patchy hair loss, or symmetrical hair loss means an underlying problem.
Is your Dog Stressed?
Refusal of food
Turning their nose at food, especially their regular favourites and subsequent loss of weight could be worms, dental problems or a case of pet anorexia.

Here are a few tips to help control your pet’s stress:

Is your Dog Stressed?