Some Ways Recognize These Signs of Stress in Your Dog

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Do you like a puppy with chronic Stress who gets upset often or a cool guy who only stresses when it’s really justified?

Everyone experiences stress. Stress helped keep our human ancestors alive and the wolf ancestors of our dogs. In fact, stress is simply part of life.

For each of us and for each of our dogs, our experiences of stress vary.

Some of us – and some of our dogs-seem to roll with everything that comes our way (think: the guy), while others outright panic at every provocation (this is my stable).

Most likely, your dog is sitting somewhere on the spectrum between Cooper and the guy.

Chances are you will too. It is not healthy for our puppies to remain constantly stressed. Acute Stress, the Stress felt at the Moment of something really stressful, is good. It protects us. Chronic stress, constantly felt stress, is not good.

Why?

Well, chronic stress has quite serious consequences for our dogs. And for ourselves. Stress literally affects every aspect of your well-being, including sleep, cardiovascular health, immune response, digestive system, and studies show that chronic stress even accelerates aging.

If you are a chronically stressed person, don’t let yourself get stressed out even more… but research has shown that “long-term stress in dogs and their owners is synchronized” and “long-term stress in dogs is related to the human-dog relationship and personality traits.“

John and I handle Stress very differently, and I think these differences affect the way we handle Cooper’s Stress. These studies don’t make me feel more stressed or guilty or anything like that; instead, they remind me how important my bond with Cooper is and that it’s up to me to help him manage his stress. It starts with understanding what causes him extra stress and what helps him feel better.

The same applies to you and your dog.

As a responsible person, it is up to you to recognize the signs of a stressed dog and to intervene before your dog melts. We all know some of the big ones: diarrhea, for example, or increased barking or growling, tremors, etc.

BUT HERE ARE 5 SIGNS OF STRESS IN YOUR DOG THAT YOU MAY NOT BE EXPECTING:

Shedding. Of course, most of our dogs waste most of their time, but during periods of increased stress, you will find that the tufts come off your dog in large strokes.

Yawn. Of course, we all yawn when we are tired, but did you know that your dog yawns – often accompanied by a squeak or a whimper- when stressed? This is a way for your dog to try to calm down when he feels stressed.

Tempo. A stressed dog could go back and forth. Imagine the old Sitcom performance of the father-to-be pacing in the waiting room. It’s the same thing; your dog is trying to let off steam and expend that nervous energy.


Hide. If your dog leans behind you, slips under the bed or crawls behind the sofa, he will not feel safe. In these matters, if your dog is hiding behind you, ensure as much comfort as possible, but if she is in a closet or under the bed, it is normal to leave her alone and wait for her.

Drooling or panting. If you haven’t run a few miles and your dog is drooling or panting? She’s stressed out. It’s as if you are in a stressful phase and your breathing is becoming shallow.

For Coop, it’s definitely the gasp. If he’s panting, I know it’s time to come in and help my guy. In fact, it’s so exaggerated with Cooper that I know he gasps like crazy as soon as I see the corners of his lips recede, and his Stress manifests itself in this grimace.

Pay attention to these signs and neutralize them before your dog melts!

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