Some very clear signs can tell you that your dog is suffering from stress. But do you know how to detect them? If you think your best friend is in this situation.

We are going to present you with 10 signs of dog stress that can result in a serious health problem that will directly affect your well-being, or even your health.

1. Hyperactivity

Stress is very common in dogs with hyperactive behavior. They are unable to remain quiet and over time can start eating furniture or anything they find on their way to release the accumulated tension.

2. Appearance of stereotypes

Stereotypies are constant repetitive movements that the dog performs for no reason. There are many types of stereotypes: dogs biting their tails, chasing invisible animals, barking all the time … These are incessant repetitive habits.

3. Exaggerated reaction

Maybe your dog was already a little barker, eating things on the ground or reacting to other dogs in the past. Whatever his old habits, you noticed that his behavior was more and more intense. Reactions intensify in stressed dogs.

4. Salivation and licking

If you notice a dog licking and salivating in a very exaggerated way, be careful that it does not become a repetitive and constant habit. This is one of the signs of stress in the dog that you must watch.

5. Lack of attention

Stressed dogs with generalized nervousness have difficulty concentrating, paying attention, obeying orders … However, if your dog has been lacking generalized attention for a long time (not only since stressed) your veterinarian and yourself can determine if this is a problem of lack of attention.

6. Excessive gas

The panting is the means used by the dogs to evacuate the heat of their body. If you notice that your dog is panting in situations where he should be calm, he is probably stressed and needs to relieve the tension he feels. Sometimes panting may be accompanied by squealing and crying.

7. Reactivity or leakage

The stressed dog usually feels uncomfortable with an unknown or stressful situation. If, for example, your dog suffers stress from other dogs, each of these encounters will push him to overreact. He will try to escape or react in a very negative way to this stimulation (whether it is a person, an environment, an object or a specific situation).

8. Hair loss

Hair loss usually occurs with chronic stress, when the dog begins to feel physically affected by the situation in which he finds himself. If you notice that your dog is starting to lose hair because of anxiety, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. It can also lose its hair by too much licking (acral granuloma) or tear the hair directly with the teeth. Take action as soon as possible, your dog sends you urgent signs.

9. Muscle rigidity

You may notice that he is more tense and stiffer than usual, especially in stressful situations for him. In general, the tail and extremities are strained, waiting for a significant event.

10. Alterations in behavior

Finally, let’s finish the list with a common problem: behavioral alterations. Dogs suffering from stress very often develop behaviors they had never before presented: aggression, shyness, depression, phobias … But instead of adopting them in specific situations, they begin to do them in a generalized way. This is one of the most telling signs of stress in dogs.

How to help a stressed dog

If you think that your dog is very stressed, we advise you to consult as soon as possible an ethologist or a canine educator. Both specialists will help you and guide you with helpful tips and rules for your case. Plus, they can help you identify the root cause of your dog’s stress.

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