Stress is common in dogs, but if pushed to the extreme, the animal can develop behavioral problems, or even health problems. To avoid this and be able to channel his anxiety at the right time, learn to spot the signs of stress in your doggie.
If your dog has one or more of the symptoms below, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or behaviorist to identify the cause of his stress.
- 1. Digestive disorders
- 2. Hair loss
- 3. Excessive licking
- 4. Quick panting
- 5. Too frequent barking
- 6. Ears pulled backwards
- 7. A nervous yawn
- 8. Excessive reactions
- 9. A lack of attention
- 10. Destructive behavior
1. Digestive disorders
An often stressed dog will be regularly subject to diarrhea , stomachaches or even a loss of appetite.
2. Hair loss
Dogs have periods of shedding during which they lose a lot of their hair (usually in spring and fall). But if, outside these periods, your dog loses his hair in large quantities, it can be a sign of stress.
3. Excessive licking
A dog who spends his time licking, especially paws , feels a deep sense of unease.Indeed, dogs are not cats and do not feel the need to wash them self regularly. This symptom can also be accompanied by hyper-salivation.
4. Quick panting
After an effort or in case of hot weather, it is normal for your dog to pant because it is his way of evacuating heat. But if he gasps quickly for no reason , he is in distress.
5. Too frequent barking
Your dog is an inveterate brawler ? It’s something that tends and it should be discovered what it is.
6. Ears pulled backwards
It is THE sign of stress par excellence. If your hairball often points his ears backwards , it is because he is anxious.
7. A nervous yawn
A yawning dog with ears pulled back is a nervous reaction and not relaxing as one might expect.
8. Excessive reactions
A stressed dog will tend to overreact to a situation he does not know. For example, if meeting new people scares him, he will not hesitate to be aggressive towards strangers or to flee . It may be the same if he dreads meeting with new dogs. His fears turn into phobias and he may even have symptoms of depression .
9. A lack of attention
A dog suffering from chronic stress will not be the most obedient dog in the world.And for good reason, his accumulated tensions will prevent him from concentrating .
10. Destructive behavior
Stress in dogs can lead to destructive behavior, especially when the master is absent. Separation anxiety can also be accompanied by self-mutilation: the dog bites his tail, scratches himself to the blood …
Your devoted Kikie.