A dog who is stressed will display it mostly via physical symptoms. One of the most common things to look for is excessive licking. This can be on the paws, or even biting/gnawing the hind quarter.
Another symptom is to try and catch his/her tail by running in circles.
A dog who is suffering from stress can drastically reduce his/her lifespan.
What causes stress in a dog?
Age can sometimes be a factor. A dog who is getting older can become stressed as his/her body changes. Their hearing or eyesight might be changing and they don’t know how to deal with it.
Some hyper active dogs will stress if they don’t get enough exercise or are not sufficiently stimulated mentally.
Is my dog stressed?
The key to knowing if your dog is stressed is :OBSERVATION.
It is so important to observe your dog’s behaviors. You will become accustomed to what is his/her “normal” and therefore be on top of changes that can occur.
Does your dog the above mentioned symptoms at a particular time of day? Every evening?
Have there been household changes recently? With COVID, many dog owners were homebound for quite a while and when going back to work, the routines changed quite a bit for our 4-legged friends.
How to relieve stress in your dog
It is always good to check with your vet first (especially if there is bodily damage happening). He will be able to help with topical medicines.
Take into account the routines you have going on – they may need to change. Perhaps an extra walk in a new area? Perhaps keeping a toddler more distant during the day- our dogs need their sleep even during daytime.
If the dog is older, have his/her hearing checked.