How Can I Tell If My Dog is Stressed?

The upcoming holiday season is an exciting, chaotic time of year for everyone—including your dog! All the stressors that pop up and throw you out of whack over the next few months can often have just as much of an effect on your four-legged family members.

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Give your dog the love and care they need this wondrous time of year by familiarizing yourself with the signals they use to ask for help. Look for these common stress indicators in your pup so you can get them in the best shape for a fun-filled holiday!

What does stress look like in a dog?

Symptoms of stress manifest in your dog similarly to how they manifest in you. Keep your eye out for these telltale signs from your pooch:

Physical Symptoms

  • Digestive Problems
    • Diarrhea, constipation, accidents, appetite changes
  • Excessive Drooling
    • Panting and sweating caused by an increase in body temperature
  • Body Language
    • Tucked tail, ears pinned back

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Aggression
    • Toward you, other people, animals, their environment, themselves
  • Avoidance
    • Hiding, isolating themselves, ignoring people
  • Lethargy
    • Sleeping more often, lower energy than normal

How can I help if my dog is stressed?

If you notice physical or behavioral changes in your dog that could be a result of increased stressed and anxiety, start by giving them some extra attention! Increase their exercise to get those mood-boosting endorphins moving and be generous with pets and cuddles to make them feel loved and secure.

You can also try giving them a quiet place to escape the chaos by establishing a safe zone in your home that’s all their own. If these tactics don’t work, it’s time to schedule a visit to the vet to rule out or treat any underlying medical cause for their stress.

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