Dogs and stress: How do we know when our dog is nervous or stressed?

Dogs, like most animals, communicate very effectively with their body language.

Their emotional state, including nervousness and tension, is expressed in a variety of signals.

Below are the most common signs that can tell you when your dog is nervous or tense!

  1. Restless exercise

Nervous dogs are often restless and tense. They may be constantly pacing back and forth, looking this way and that, or being overly active. If your dog is normally calm but suddenly becomes restless, this could be a sign that something is bothering him.

  1. Excessive drooling or panting

If your dog suddenly starts drooling or panting excessively when it is not warm and has not been doing any intense exercise, this is a sign of nervousness or tension. This is a physical symptom of stress!

  1. His tail between his legs

Nervous or stressed dogs often tuck their tails between their legs. This is a classic sign of submissiveness and fear.

  1. Ear retraction

Nervous dogs often pull their ears back. This indicates that they are ready to retreat or submit to something or someone.

  1. Chewing, biting, scratching

Signs of nervousness include excessive chewing, biting or scratching. If your dog is constantly chewing or scratching his paws, or licking himself excessively, these can all be signs of stress.

  1. Avoiding eye contact

Stressed dogs often avoid eye contact. If your dog avoids your eyes or looks down frequently, this could also be a sign that he is nervous or stressed.

These are all signs that your dog is stressed.

It's important to spot these signs early so that you can help your dog!

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If signs of stress persist, it is important to seek professional help! Working with a professional, it is easier to find the cause of the stress and find a solution.

Our goal should always be to make our dog as happy and calm as possible!