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How to Recognize the Signs of Stress in Your Dog


Recognizing signs of stress in our beloved pups is an important part of being a responsible dog owner. Though dogs have adapted over time to hide signs of pain and stress, we can still observe their body language and behavior to see what’s bothering them. Some of the most common signs of stress in dogs include: 

  • Digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Isolation
  • Increased sleeping
  • Unusual aggression towards other people and animals 
  • Whining or barking
  • Pacing, shaking, or panting
  • Excessive shedding
  • Hiding, avoidance, or escape behavior

Knowing your dog’s normal demeanor is important, so you have a  baseline to compare to if your pup is exhibiting some of the behaviors above. To reduce their stress, one of the  things you can do immediately is try taking them to the bathroom. They may also need food, water, and love and attention from you. Next, try taking your pup to a quiet area and letting them regroup in the peace and quiet. Another option is to take them on a walk, so they can get fresh air and experience nature. Playing with other dogs may also help reduce stress, if you dog gets along well with other furry friends. Consider taking them to a dog park, or dropping them off for a day of doggy daycare! However, if your pup is exhibiting stressed behaviors consistently, then you should see a veterinarian.

Stress Can Be Difficult On Your Dog. Doggy Daycare Can Help. 

One of the best things that can help alleviate stress is having fun! Bring them over to Pet Me Scratch Me in Onalaska and our doggy daycare will have your pup running around and playing with their friends in no time. Spending time at home by themselves is downright boring, and since dogs are pack animals, all that time alone isn’t good for their mental and emotional well-being. Contact us today!

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