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We humans are used to thinking about stress. In fact, many of us experience it on a daily basis. But, as strange as it sounds, dogs can also experience stress. Typical symptoms are hyperactivity or apathy, changes in behavior, or repetitive behavior. Sometimes the reason lies in the way we treat our pets, even if it never occurred to us to harm him in any way.

 

It is important for any owner to understand what stress means for a dog. We at Bemorepanda are sure that you want only the best for your good boys and girls, so we did a little research to understand what you can and shouldn't do when it comes to a stressed dog. Don't miss the bonus at the end of the article.

 

1. Leave them alone for a long time

Separation anxiety or stress is often experienced by young dogs who are not yet used to being left alone. Very old dogs are also susceptible to this fear, because as they age, they can no longer take care of themselves properly. Separation anxiety is manifested by destructive behavior, constant barking or howling as you leave and return. Some dogs may even relieve themselves at home.

 

In order for the dog to get used to the absence of its owner, it is recommended not to leave it alone for more than 6-8 hours. Before leaving, you need to close the doors and windows to prevent escaping, make sure there is enough water and food, and leave the toys for the dog to entertain itself. Also, before leaving, you should not pay attention to your pet for about 20 minutes. Do the same when you return. Do not greet or pet your dog until he has calmed down. Only then can you stop ignoring her.

 

 

2. Drive them on a very short leash and do not let them run around

Everyone knows that dogs need outdoor activity. This is especially true for dogs living in apartments. If you can't let your dog run freely, you should get a long leash. Walking on a short leash can cause both physical and mental harm to your dog. And in the end it will affect her behavior.

 

Try taking your pet out to a public garden, park, or open area to run freely. It is best to do this at least a couple of times a week so that the dog does not get nervous and remains in good physical shape. If you are walking on a leash, make sure the leash is loose enough to allow the dog to feel free while running. This is more difficult when it comes to a large pet, but there are also options. For example, a training leash and a halter will allow your dog to walk without stress.

 

 

3. Educate with the whip method

Dogs raised in a hostile environment are more likely to suffer from stress, according to a study. Constant punishment, yelling, leash jerking, and forcing to sit by pressing on your back can be troublesome. It can also cause your dog to become aggressive and refuse to play with other dogs.

 

Try positive reinforcement instead of harsh measures. When the dog obeys the command, praise him, pet him, give him a treat. If she doesn't do what you ask, never hit or yell at her. Say no firmly. If you repeat this, the dog will eventually understand what you want from him.

 

 

4. Pretend to throw the ball (and not throw it)

No activity in the world makes a dog happier than playing with the owner. It develops an emotional connection. But there are some games that only people like. For example, when you pretend to throw the ball, but in fact, you hide it behind your back. The first time the dog is trying to run after the ball, but if you do it over and over again, it starts to feel anxious and confused. Such a game does not seem funny to her. Little by little, this behavior can lead to the fact that the dog stops trusting you.

 

Research has shown that play with the owner affects cortisol levels in dogs. Cortisol is a stress-regulating hormone. So you shouldn't joke with her like that. If you throw a ball, let the dog fetch it. Also, during the game, the dog can be taught many tricks, for example, giving a paw.

 

 

5. Do not protect the dog from loud noises

Being under constant exposure to loud sounds such as high-frequency noise, shrill music, explosions of firecrackers, car horns, not only dogs, but also people experience stress. The difference is that dogs don't know what is making these sounds, so they scare them. The dog's pulse is accelerating and stress levels are skyrocketing. Imagine if you heard the sound, but where it comes from, you could not determine!

 

Perhaps the pet itself will choose such a place. It can be under the bed, under the table, or in a large box. Do not try to get the dog out of there. Let her calm down and she will come out on her own. Try to make sure that the dog is exposed to loud noises as little as possible, and if this is not possible, turn on quiet pleasant music in the background.

 

 

6. Don't let them sniff anything they want

Your pet receives information about its environment and other dogs through its sense of smell. When you pull on the leash of a four-legged friend who is sniffing at something, you deprive him of the opportunity to keep up with this world.

 

The dog's nose is a special tool, with its help it gets the second idea of ​​the world that it needs. So the next time you go out for a walk with your wool companion, try to follow him where his scent leads. If he stops sniffing something, be patient and let him finish.

 

 

7. Hug them too often and touch them in the face

Demonstrating affection is human. But dogs perceive it a little differently. Many of them show signs of discomfort, anxiety, or stress when we squeeze them too often. They also do not like it when they touch the face, especially strangers. When a dog sees a hand coming down, it may decide that they want to hit it.

 

If you see a dog yawning, drooping ears, looking in the other direction, grumbling or getting up to leave during a tight hug, then it does not like such caresses. All dogs are different, there are those who themselves ask to be hugged or stroked. But if you see that your pet doesn't like it, stop. If you want to pet the dog, lower your hand to the level of its muzzle, and let it come to you slowly and calmly.

 

 

8. Use different words for the same situations

It's okay to talk to your pet as if it understands you. But when you give him commands, then try to always use the same word: "sit", "lie down", "to me", etc. You do not need to give synonymous commands, because the dog does not understand that "aport" and "Bring" have the same meaning. The dog will get confused, he will realize that you want him to do something, but he will not be able to understand what exactly.

 

When you issue commands, watch your intonation and also pay close attention to body language: the dog will respond much better to visual stimuli. Repeating the same commands regularly is in your best interest. Dogs love routines, so don't feel bored if you spend a few minutes a day reviewing what you've learned.

 

 

9. Dress them up

Dogs tend to be more patient with clothes than cats. Dogs of some breeds do not mind at all, especially if the clothes help them and keep them warm in the cold. But most dogs do not need outfits, clothes are frustrating and very uncomfortable for them.

 

You should watch how your four-legged friend reacts to the suit. If you notice clear signs of irritation, don't force your dog to do something he doesn't want to do. This causes great stress in the animals. In addition, the materials from which the garment is made can injure the skin of dogs.

 

 

10. Don't stick to a daily routine

Dogs are animals that like to live the way they used to. Adhering to a daily routine helps them feel happier and safer, and makes it easier for them to cope with change. Animals that do not have an established daily routine are more likely to experience stress, depression, and anxiety.

 

It is better to start a daily routine as soon as a puppy appears in the house. Make a schedule for sleeping, feeding, going to the bathroom, walking and playing. This will help strengthen your relationship with your pet. As long as you stay within your usual schedule, you can easily add new activities to it without worrying about it upsetting your dog.

 

Studies have shown that dogs transmit the mood of their owners. So if you're stressed, chances are your woolly friend has too. The scientists measured the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in both the owners and the dogs in the study. They found that, for the most part, there is a correlation in the results of humans and dogs: when owners have high cortisol levels, their pets do, and vice versa.

 

The results of the study once again prove how strong the bond between people and their pets is. So if we care about the health of our dogs, we must start with our own well-being. So, if you notice that your pet is behaving strangely, pay attention to how you are feeling: maybe it's time for you to relax and enjoy the most sincere and disinterested friendship.

 

What other human activities can cause stress in dogs? What are you doing to make your four-legged friend feel more comfortable? And don't forget that in case you have any doubts or questions, it is best to contact your veterinarian.

 

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So not true !!!

1 year ago
so-not-true
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