By Team Fabled
Much like us, our dogs are also prone to stress in their lives. Since mechanisms to ease stress aren't as easily available to them, it is important for us to support our furry companions when stressed and help them find comfort.
Signs Of Stress In Dogs
We need to keep an eye out for signs of stress in our dogs. You should be familiar with your dog's general demeanor so that you can pick up on the difference in case they're stressed. Some common signs include:
Pacing: Like humans, dogs often pace around when they are stressed.
Vocalisation: Being vocal is a common way for dogs to express themselves, but it may get aggravated when they feel stressed. Dogs that are stressed or scared are likely to bark or whine in order to comfort themselves, or gain your attention.
Yawning and licking: Prolonged yawns may indicate that your dog is feeling stressed. Excessive licking can also be a sign of mental strain.
Changes in body language and posture: When anxious, dogs may tuck their tails or become rigid.
Shedding: Shedding also gets exacerbated when dogs are nervous.
Panting: If your dog is huffing and puffing even if they've not exercised, it can be a sign of stress.
Helping Your Dog Get Through Stress
Try and identify what's causing your dog to feel stressed, and remove them from the stressor. They may need some space to regroup and calm down. Allow them that space, and try not to over-comfort them. Letting them respond to routine commands can be helpful as it can restore a sense of normalcy.
Exercise is a great way to ease stress in your dog. Daily walks, and activities like swimming and exploring can be a great way to alleviate stress, and also maintain a healthy lifestyle for your pupper.
Mental stimulation can also be a great way to ease the burden of stress. Using puzzle toys, or doing training exercises can go a long way in distracting your dog and helping them relax.
Items like security blankets and toys can be a great source of comfort for dogs. Using items that contain our scent, such as towels or blankets, can help your canine companion feel secure.
Be mindful of the attitude you're projecting, as dogs will pick up on our emotional state. If your dog is stressed or upset, try and stay as calm as possible. If you become upset yourself, they are likely to continue the behavior themselves.
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