Dogs have many of the same emotions as we do, including anxiety.
However, what does anxiety in dogs look like? Amanda Cornell, CPDT-KA, and owner of Accomplished Canines in Orange County, California, is an expert in analyzing anxiety in dogs. Nonetheless, she provided with just the signs you need to look for when you think your dog is dealing with stress.
However, all of these behaviors may also be a part of your dog’s regular behavior. Therefore, context is crucial. Although, you may see a few or several of these signs when your dog is in a new environment.
An anxious dog has trouble relaxing. An anxious dog will be restless throughout the day, pacing, lying down and basically never relaxing. If this a change you’ve noticed in your dog’s behavior. Think about what may have caused this change in behavior. If your dog is doing this every day, then you need to reduce your dog’s overall anxiety.
Dogs pant when they’re feeling anxious about something. It is called “stress panting.” If your dog is heavily panting in the absence of being excessively warm, it’s more likely worried.
An anxious dog will look for spaces to hide because it makes them feel safer. Dogs that hide are generally more anxious about life and fearful when compared to other dogs.
This could be health issues, so it is always wiser to consult a vet to rule out the possibilities. However, if a dog suddenly starts having accidents in the house even though it is entirely house trained, then it may be anxious.
5. Whale Eye.
Whale eye is when the white of your dog’s eye is visible around the iris. Also knows as ‘half-moon eye,’ dogs show the whites of their eye when they are nervous or afraid.
A dog yawning frequently is another sign of an anxious dog. Sure, dogs yawn when they’re tired but a dog yawning in an obedience class is dealing with anxiety.
7. Excessive whining.
Barking at seemingly nothing for no reason can also be a sign of anxiousness. However, positive training can fix the issue.
8. Tongue flicks.
Dogs tend to lick their lips or rapidly flick their tongues to their nose when they’re nervous about something.
9. Full body shake.
Dogs often shake after they get a bath. However, if they are shaking away from water, they are literally trying to shake off the stress of a situation.
10. Slow motion.
Some dogs go to the opposite extreme rather than settling when they’re anxious. Their movement is slow and tense. Your dog is not stubborn if it refuses to move altogether, it’s just nervous.
Have you had to deal with an anxious dog? If yes, then how’d you cater to the problem? Let us know in the comments below.