Signs of stress in pets can go unnoticed by all loving owners. Signs of stress in dogs can vary, as each dog will show their agitation in different ways. As a responsible pooch parent, be aware of the following:
*Barking and/or whining
*Dilated pupils and/or unnaturally quick blinking
*Differences in body functioning
*Drawn out yawning
Like humans, dogs experience stress and anxiety due to change and instability. However, there are many things that can cause major stress to your pup
This is perhaps the biggest cause of stress in all pets. Dogs are highly territorial, so moving to a completely new environment puts them out of their element. This makes them scared, anxious, and stressed. To ease this, try unpacking their belongings first. Introduce new rooms, pieces, and places in the home to them slowly. Make sure that in whatever home you have, there is a special ‘safe place’ your dog can go to when they are in need of an escape.
Wanting to spruce up your interiors or try out your ‘Architectural Digest’ fantasies is highly encouraged. However, the rearrangement of old décor and arrival of new ones can confuse your pup. Your dog has marked his territory, routes, and special spots on specific couches and pillows at home. Moving this around is hard for dogs to understand and can make them agitated. Be careful with the way you introduce change to your pup.
This is an apparent cause of stress in all pets. Dogs are known for window watching. They are observant creatures due to their territorial nature. A new visitor or the sound of an ‘intruder’ can alarm them, as they feel as through their territory has been invaded. If you live in a bustling place, or are currently surrounded by construction, leave your curtains shut to keep your dog settled.
It’s important to discipline and properly train your pup. However, ensure that you are consistent in the rules you set. You cannot scold your pup for jumping on your bed one day when he/she sleeps with you at night. This sends mixed messages that highly stress out your dog.The best way to prevent dog stress is to create a stable routine for them, and keep a loving home. Much like humans, exercise is vital in preventing stress in dogs. Running together, or a good game of fetch is a great way to destress both of you! However, if symptoms of stress are still present, take your pup to your local vet to properly relieve them of their stress. With that being said, it important to note that stress is sometimes necessary. It is a natural form of protection in the defense system of both humans and animals. It is a part of everyday life, and normal, even in the happiest of pooches!