If your dog starts behaving differently to how they normally would, and particularly if they start showing any of the
following signs, they may be stressed.
As stated above, any changes in how you dog acts is the biggest indicator that they may not be feeling themselves.
Look out for changes in how your dog behaves and interacts with you, other people in the household and other
pets. If your usually social and playful dog is withdrawn, this could be an indicator that something is causing
them to feel uncomfortable or anxious.
If your dog continues acting differently long after you believe you’ve removed any stress factors, then it is important
to consult your vet.
2. Excessive barking
Barking is a natural part of being a dog, it’s one of the ways they communicate. If you feel your dog is barking
more than normal it could be because something is scaring them and they are trying to communicate this to you.
3. Stance and posture
Just like a human, you can tell a lot about a dog from the way they’re standing. If your dog has a lowered body position,
their tail down and their ears back, then they could be feeling stressed. When dogs get stressed they can also
begin to pant more rapidly – this can lead to dehydration, so keep an eye on their water bowl and make sure it’s
4. Soiling in the home
If your dog doesn’t normally mess in the home, it is a sign that something is wrong. When a dog becomes stressed
or anxious, the unsettled feeling can cause them to have an accident. However, if you have any serious concerns
you should consult your vet, as toileting in the home could also a be a sign of a more serious health problem.
5. Destructive behaviour
Chewing can be annoying for an owner but it is a natural part of being a dog. Like babies need to chew when they’re
teething so do puppies. In older dogs, while it can be for fun or to explore their environment, it can also be
due to stress factors. Just like when humans get stressed and bite their fingernails, a dog will display their
stress by chewing things and other destructive behaviour.
6. Changes in eating, sleeping and grooming
Stress disrupts a human’s habits, and it can have the same effect on your dog. Dogs generally love food, so if your
dog is refusing their favourite treats it’s probable that something is bothering them. Similarly, your dog may
suffer from disturbed sleep and appear to be grooming the same place constantly. This can lead to bald patches,
so keep an eye out for them too.
If your dog’s unusual eating, sleeping and grooming habits continue after you believe you’ve removed any stress factors,
you should contact your vet for further advice.
Owners know their dogs best. You live with them on a daily basis, and know their characteristics and habits. Alongside
identifying and removing anything you believe could be causing your dog stress, you could consider using a product
from the Beaphar Calming Range