“Is my dog stressed? How would I know?”
Your dog may not have a 9-to-5 job, relationship issues or financial worries, but stress in dogs is real, and can have real implications on your dog’s ability to behave appropriately.
4PawsUniversity has a handy visual guide to Stress Signs in Dogs, which helps answer “Is my dog stressed?” By monitoring your dog’s signals, you can take action before a bark, growl or bite happens. Pay particular attention to your dog’s avoidance signs. These are warning signs that your dog is not enjoying the interaction! Think of avoidance as a stop sign. When you see it, stop what you are doing and change tactics, or remove your dog from the environment that’s creating the avoidance behavior. There are a number of reasons a dog could be avoiding a particular person, dog or other scenario, but in any case it is a signal that should not be ignored.
If your dog is continually stressed by specific events or situations, behavior modification can help your dog learn to cope with stressful events before a bite, bolt or other unwanted behavior occurs.