Most people who live with dogs recognize some of the “bigger” clues that a dog’s anxious, uncomfortable, or outright scared-cowering, whining, and a tucked tail, to name just three. This article discusses a few more subtle signs. They generally don’t reflect full-blown panic, but they tell you that all’s not quite right in Dogalini World.
Dogs, like many also get anxious. They also have varying degrees of anxiety levels. Some dogs can easily get restless and nervous with simple things like a car horn or a loud knock on the door. In order to solve the issue, it is important for dog owners to determine the factors causing the dogs to be alarmed. By carefully examining the dog’s body language, one can easily recognize if there is something wrong. In this article, we will discuss the different warning signs that will tell you that your dog is indeed stressed.
If we can decode our dogs’ body language, we can bail out sensitive dogs before they get overwhelmed. And even boneheaded, happy-go-lucky types may find some situations too much for them. Come to think of it, watching them closely may reveal that they’re not such boneheads after all.
From a distance, look at the dog’s eyes. It is normal to see the white part of the dog’s eyes. Nevertheless, if you cannot see the white anymore and you observe that the eyes of your pet are bloodshot red, then you can tell that your dog is indeed stressed. In canine, the adrenaline reflex shows in red eyes. It is part of the reflex known as the fight or flight reaction. Also, dogs that blink and squint deliberately may signal that they are mildly stressed.
Pay attention to your dog’s ear. Know what is normal and abnormal. A dog may be experiencing mild stress if his ear’s carriage is higher than normal. However, this is not applicable to Low ear floppy-eared dogs because their ears are always carried low.
- Low body posture
- Weight shifted to back legs
- Excessive shedding
- Excessive whining or other vocalization
- Slow or tense movement
- Refusal of food (especially when normally food-motivated)
- Restlessness or pacing
- Inattentiveness to owner
- Sweating from paws
- Dilated pupils
- Tension around eyes and mouth