Physical Behaviour of a Stressed Dog - PawPawUp

Physical Behaviour of a Stressed Dog

Stress in dogs comes from many sources. Mood, illness, environment and many other factors can cause different levels of stress and anxiety in dogs. This Blog will give you a brief insight into how dogs react physically and behaviourally when they are stressed.

Loss of Appetite

Observe if your dog is eating differently than usual and give him a favourite snack. If he doesn't eat it happily, the dog may be under stress.

Excessive Hair Loss Outside the Shedding Season


If your dog is not in the shedding season but is shedding excessively, it may also be because he is feeling depressed or anxious.

Damage to Furniture

The dog's erratic destruction of furniture may be due to out-of-control behaviour caused by a lack of leisure time or exercise.

Changes in the Body

Eyes: Unless dogs are born with such eyes, they will squeeze eyes and avoid human eyes if they are unhappy or stressed or in pain.

Ears: Your dog's ears will still droop when you call him, or when he hears a noise, unlike the way they used to stand up.

Tail: Dog's Tail remains hanging down between legs for a long time, even when you try to entertain him.

Low Emotion

Your dog does not run to you when you come home as he always does. Does not react to the smell of food and continues to stay in place or sleep. Has no interest in going out and playing. These are all signs that your dog is depressed and stressed.

Short, Sharp Breaths Accompanied by Copious Amounts of Saliva

When dogs are in a tense or stressed state, their breathing becomes short and rapid, their muscles tense, their blood pressure rises and their pulse beats faster. This is accompanied by a large amount of saliva.

Urinating at Everywhere

When dogs are over-stressed and frightened, they may unconsciously urinate everywhere.

Shaking, Restless and Stiff Limbs

Tension and anxiety will cause the dog's body to shake constantly and the ears and tail to cling to the body. The eyes will be wide and averted. Some dogs may also fidget, wander back and forth or suddenly curl up, shed constantly and even leave sweaty footprints on the baseboard.

These are some of the more recognisable physical reactions when a dog is under stress, and owners can use these reactions to determine if their dog is stressed.

When you notice that your dog is stressed, you can try calling your dog's name, petting him gently and being there for him. When your dog comes to you, you can offer rewards and praise. Spending time with your dog, taking him outside, playing with him or getting in touch with other people is also a good way to relieve stress. If your dog fails to relieve stress after trying the above, you may want to consider that your dog may have a medical condition and take your dog to the vet for a check-up if necessary.

PawPawUp has a variety of dog toys that could help your loving dog relax when you are away. Giving your dog sufficient toys when away is necessary because this is a great way to relax your dog, distracting him and making them "busy" spending boring time.

Goose Dog Chewing Toys

Macaroon Dog Chewing Toys

Macaroon Bell Ball Pet Dog Toy

Vinyl Rubber Tyre-shaped Dog Toy

Pet Plush Sounding Toy

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