Stress in dogs, anxiety, nervous behavior
Of course, every owner can easily understand,When his pet is nervous. But sometimes we do not pay attention to the important signals that the animal gives us. In these moments, it is not just frightened or irritated - it has stress, threatening his health, which, however, the owner can cope with.
Signs of stress in dogs
Lively conversing with guests, have you everDid you pay attention to how your dog behaves at this moment? My - often breathes, watches my rich gestures, puts out the tongue, as if it's hot. But if I stop the discussion, it calms down.
Dogs shake off not only after bathing - animals, like people, at the time of stress try to "warm up" to the muscles tense and relaxed, thus relieving the nervous system.
Unpleasant meetings, unusual circumstancesCan cause this subtle and seemingly common signal. In fact, the dog worries very much. Pay attention to what it was she reacted to. Could it be that someone raised his hand to her brother? Or on a walk, you did not warn her, turned off the usual route? Calm the pet and, if possible, make sure that the stressful situation does not recur.
Felting on the ground
You can object: "Dogs are just puddling in the grass or fooling around in the snow!" But not always. Stress causes itching. Littering on the ground, dogs scratch and relieve tension. In a state of nervous excitement, a dog can so strongly strive to fall to the ground that it will be difficult for the master to lead him on a leash.
Chewing grass or fallen leaves.
Many animals with pleasure eat grass,Thus inducing vomiting, which cleanses their body of toxins. But the dog can chew and from excitement - for example, after an unpleasant conversation or encounter. She seems to be trying to distract herself from the event that has excited her by a monotonous chewing - and to show you that she does not want to be more nervous.
The fact that this is a "breed sign" of some dogs -Error. In fact, if the owner is forced to take a handkerchief or a pack of napkins with him for a walk, then most likely his pet is constantly worried or experiencing stress on the street. And, around you may not even be unfamiliar or hostile dogs - it's enough to come to the dog platform, where unfamiliar smells reign, and your dog is lost.
Do not try to retrain the dog, scold him for the fact that he "dismisses the nurse". In this case, he would rather hate the unfamiliar dogs that quarreled him with you. Try to calm the pet.
Let him understand that next to you he does not threaten anything, and others' smells are an opportunity to get acquainted, to learn new, and not a sign of danger.
Make peace and do not fight any more!
Usually the dog gives signals of reconciliation, whenRefers to the "interlocutor" in a friendly manner or when the atmosphere has heated up to the limit, and it needs to be discharged by a peace-loving act. On the other hand, licking or yawning, the dog calms down. It is logical that if the voltage does not disappear, the signals become more frequent.
Hormones of stress disrupt the water-salt balance inCanine organism and affect the digestive process. Therefore, in a state of stress, the dog often urinates, her feces can become liquid and light. The dog no longer controls his body and "spoils" anywhere.
Some masters write off indigestionOn poorly digested food or a more serious illness, although in fact their pet is just nervous. But any, let and joyful event can so stir an impressionable and sensitive animal that it, even showing its joy, will be restless. And this can not but affect its digestion.
Note how many dogs reactDiarrhea and frequent urination on approaching the training ground or to the places of congestion of their fellow humans. Do not turn a blind eye to this fact: your dog shows you that something is going on here that is not what you yourself probably can not pay attention to - people perceive the world not so subtly as dogs. If we want to live with them without problems, we need to remember this and believe their feelings.
Probably, most of those who have dogsNever was, sure: dogs from birth smell bad. Dogs this smell is not only not annoying, but also soothing - a four-legged friend next door, and with him all is well.
However, the smell of smell is different. The stronger the stress experienced by the dog, the worse it smells.
The faded coat, inflamed skin
Stress disrupts the physiological processes in the body and, of course, affects the skin and coat. So if your dog does not look well-groomed, even Despite the fact that you spend the evenings with a brush in your hands, it means that something is bothering him.
Dandruff, an allergy in a dog, irritation,Hair loss and loss of hair shine - all these are signs of stress, from which the animal can save a change in the environment, the circle of communication for a more pleasant, transition to natural nutrition. By the way, the latter can be practiced for about two weeks - this time should be enough for the dog to recover and cease to be nervous.
Snacking a Leash
This behavior seems like an overindulgence, but it's also a sign of stress. When the dog walks for too long, she is overexcited.
Stress from overexcitation makes it moreMoving, because the movement calms. Therefore, if you restrict her freedom by leash, she will bite everything that gets to her tooth - your hand, pant leg or the same leather strap.
Fasting or gluttony
Remember: stress disrupts digestion. In this case, weak excitement increases appetite. If at that moment there is nothing edible near the dog, she can pick up something from the ground or grasp the inedible teeth.
More severe stress, on the contrary, reduces appetite. If the dog does not want to take a treat during training or in another situation, then it must be urgently reassured. Many trainers believe that the dog should be made to work for a treat, and even (if it is needed to kindle her interest in the exercises), do not feed them specially before the session.
The fact that hunger deprives the dog of any motivation,Except a desire to eat, and creates a strong stress, everyone knows. But not everyone understands that obsession with food prevents the animal from concentrating on training. Therefore, one should not subject a pet to such tests - you yourself would hardly have survived them.
You can finish the article with the following "morality": Be attentive to your pet! Of course, learn to perceive the world dog-like can not all. But to learn the habits of your dog is your duty as a caring owner. Moreover, there are not so many of them to become an insuperable barrier between you and your pet.