5 Signs Your Dog is Stressed
You thought things are easier with a dog? Well, they are not. At least if you don’t know how to read some signs your dog is giving to you. Among these, stress is a problem for them too.
Changing houses or just habits, being ill or sad, some changes in the environment or universe we cannot yet understand: all these can be stress causes even when we talk about a dog. Yes, but how do you figure it out that? Read below some of the most common signs for a stressed dog.
1). He/she becomes more aggressive
Towards you or other animals/people, does not matter, this is a clear sign something bothers him. If you eliminate the illness possibility and this behavior continues for several days, even after you try to calm him/her down, maybe you two should see a trainer or some dog expert in Behavior Management Techniques.
2). He/she starts eating grass
Many would say this is just a myth, but if you study your dog’s face when eating grass, you will understand that certainly he/she is bothered by something. It seems grass helps dogs relieve anxiety, stress or even some stomach issues. Myth or not, you might want to be careful with this sign, too.
As you might have guessed, any change in his/her behavior, food style or preferences, sleep patterns etc. might be a sign that your dog is stressed. The question is why? You or your vet should find out the answer!
4). The stress can be visible through some physical signs
He/she shakes more often, frequently yawns, holds his/her breath, trembles or sweats a lot, or he/she has sweaty paws – all these should ring a bell for you, a bell that says: stressed dog!
5). They isolate themselves
This is also a sign that might show not only stress, but also a physical problem, so talk to a vet about this after you tried (without success) to cheer your dog up a little.