Dog Behavior: Secrets to Lower Your Dog’s Stress Level

Dog behaviorDog behavior can add extra stress in your life when you can’t take your dog out in a crowd because she shrinks back and quivers if people get near her and then you’re afraid that she’ll need dog therapy all her life or she’ll get sick from being so stressed out all the time, which will add to your dog health expenses and make you wonder what you can do about it.

This blog post gives you ways you can reduce your nervous dog’s stress when you take her out for walks or bring her into crowds.

7 Reasons Why Your Dog Gets Stressed 

1. Contact with other dogs can make your dog stressed because she may feel threatened.

2. Time your dog spends alone at home affects dog behavior and can make your dog anxious, lonely and stressed from boredom.

3. Change of routine can add confusion and stress to your dog’s life.

4. Too much interaction with adults, children and babies can make your dog feel overwhelmed and stressed.

5. Giving your dog too many commands at once can also make your dog stressed.

6. Loud noises like thunder, traffic and fireworks can make your dog stressed very quickly.

7. Holidays can make your dog stressed because of the added activity and excitement.

Ways Stress Affects Your Dog

• Adrenaline – Your dog’s body produces adrenaline in response to stress for 5 – 15 minutes.  This means that acids in your dog’s stomach increases and sexual hormones rise.  At the same time your dog’s endorphins go wild and dog behavior becomes aggressive as a defense mechanism.  Anti-diuretic hormones (ADH) begin to decrease after 15 minutes, however it can take up to 6 days or longer for adrenaline levels to get back to normal if the stressful situation is severe for your dog.  Continual stress can keep your dog’s adrenaline high and make it impossible for it to return to normal.

• Dog Health – Your dog with high stress will be more prone to health problems with her stomach, heart and allergies.  Stress and anxiety makes your dog defensive, violent and more aggressive when she reacts to outside influences.

10 Signs of Stress in Your Dog

1. Increased need to urinateDog behavior

2. Shivering

3. Looking nervous

4. Dandruff

5. Whites of her eyes are red

6. Appetite loss

7. Bad body and mouth odor

8. Panting

9. Diarrhea

10. Scratching

Strategies to Help Your Dog Reduce Stress

Dog behavior• Socialization – Jess Hartley, a friend and local artist from Beverly, Massachusetts wants her Italian Greyhound, Linka to feel comfortable in crowds.  She decided to bring Linka to her art shows and expose her to people little by little.  This is a great way to train your dog to learn how to relax and be less stressed.

• Balance – Make sure you exercise your dog  and give her time to play and rest so you don’t overdo her daily activity.  Provide your dog with a balanced diet, plenty of water and a chance to urinate or poop after meals and during the day to keep your dog less stressed.

• Noise – Your stressed dog is affected by voices, music and machinery because her hearing is much better than humans.  Make sure that you keep noise levels in your dog’s environment low to reduce your dog’s stress.

This news brief gives you 7 reasons why your dog gets stressed and strategies to help you reduce your dog’s stress to keep her healthy.  

Share this news brief with your friends and family so they know how to recognize when their dog is stressed out and take steps to help them reduce their dog’s stress.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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