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Signs Your Dog Is Stressed And How To Calm Her

December 10, 2019

Signs Your Dog Is Stressed And How To Calm Her

Many situations and events can stress out your dog. She cannot tell you that she is not feeling well. But her body language, behavior, and physical attributes will speak volumes if you look closely.

 

Fortunately, there are many ways to calm and relieve her stress. Let’s discuss some of them.

 

Causes of stress

Here are some stressors that your dog may encounter:

 

  • Being left alone for a long period
  • Lack of physical and mental stimulation
  • Traveling in a car
  • Loud, unfamiliar noise
  • Being stared at by people (staring is a sign of aggression for many dogs)
  • A change in her routine
  • A change in her environment
  • A new human or pet in the family
  • A human or pet leaving the family
  • Separation anxiety

 

Signs of stress

Here are some of the signs that your dog may exhibit if she is stressed:

 

Body language

  • wide, popping eyes that show the whites of her eyeballs
  • floppy ears go up or perky ears go down
  • curled lips with gums showing (this a prelude to a snarl, which can be a prelude to a bite)
  • tail rigidly down or between the legs

 

Behavior

  • prolonged barking, whining, growling, or whimpering without reason
  • excessive panting
  • increase or decrease in appetite
  • licking one spot for a long time
  • shivering or shaking
  • frequent scratching of her body
  • excessive licking or smacking of nose or lips
  • yawning
  • frequent isolation
  • sleeping more than usual
  • lethargy
  • aggression toward other animals or people
  • constant pacing

 

Physical

  • constipation, diarrhea, or other stomach problems
  • frequent urination
  • excessive shedding
  • drooling too much even though there is no food in front of her

 

Ways calm your dog

Stress is inevitable for humans and dogs alike. But you can alleviate your dog’s stress in many ways.

 

Removal of the stressor

The first step is to remove the stressor or move your dog away from the stressor:

 

  • If her environment is too noisy, ask people to quiet down. Turn down the volume of the TV.
  • If you’ve moved to a new neighborhood, get her used to it by walking her around the block.
  • If you have a new pet or human, let your dog get used to the new family member at her own pace.
  • Avoid people who love to stare at or cuddle your dog.

 

Calm down

Your dog might be picking up your anxiety and stress. So, you need to teach yourself to calm down as well.

 

Do not comfort your pet too much. Hugging or restraining her might cause the stress to build up even more. Just pet her and talk to her in a calm, reassuring manner.

 

Create a safe zone

Prepare a room or area where your dog can spend some quiet time. Pick a spot where there is very little foot traffic. Your dog must be able to access it easily. But other pets or humans should be prohibited from going there when your dog needs to relax.

 

Provide physical and mental stimulation

Take your dog to regular walks. Exercise is one of the best ways for her to work out her tension and anxiety, and to bring her stress levels down. Her mind will also be stimulated by what she sees, hears, and smells during your walk.

 

Some experts recommend going on a walk and tiring your dog out before you leave her alone for an extended period.

 

On the days when you can’t go out, play games with her. Let her blow off some steam by playing tug or fetch.

 

Also, buy toys that stimulate her mentally. This is important if you need to leave her alone for long periods. Challenge her mind as well as her body.

 

Socialization

Speaking of being alone, all dogs need to socialize. It’s in your dog’s DNA to want to be with a pack. So, if you need to be absent for a while, engage the services of a dog walker/sitter or enroll your pup in a dog school.

 

Train her properly

Train her every day so that she has something to think about other than how bored she is. But be sure that you are training her properly. Do not confuse her with inconsistent commands. You will only add to her stress if you do not use the proper training methods for dogs.

 

Supplements and Treats

Just like the age-old saying goes: you are what you eat. There are dog supplements and treats that help calm down pets. Try our Calm + Comfort Aid soft chews. It contains ingredients that are safe for your pet. These ingredients are known to relax pets and relieve their stress.





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