It’s common knowledge that dogs are social animals. Whether at chilling home, walking, or playing at the dog park, your dog is always communicating. If not at other dogs in the immediate area, then to you.
Dogs are masters of reading body language. They can both pick up and display subtle cues that easily go undetected by the average dog owner. Read on to get an in-depth look at signals that will let you know when your dog just might be too far out of its comfort zone.
Pacing and Vocalizing
One of the most common and easily recognizable stress signals known to dog owners. Your dog will often display this behavior when you leave it alone. This is doubly so with puppies who are beginning crate training.
This sign is most notable to those walking their dog on city sidewalks. Dogs with sufficiently sweaty paws will leave prints in concrete without a cloud in the sky.
Widening Of The Eyes
Otherwise known as “Whale Eye”. A stressed out dog will avert its head from the problem, keeping its eyes on it all times. This leads to the whites of the dog’s eyes being visible. Be very wary, a stiff dog with whale eye may be a bite risk.
A hot day isn’t all it takes to make a dog pant. When stressed, a dog may begin to start panting even if he’s cold. Make sure to watch your dog’s eye and ear placement as well to get a better understanding.
Another sign that’s easy to spot. When stressed out enough, a dog will do almost anything to not recognize the source of its problem. This includes constantly biting at an itch that isn’t there.
Often goes hand in hand with your dog’s constant itching. If your dog has any allergies or has had a history of demodectic mange, you will see this often. Stress for your dog will lower its immune system against the like of mange mites. This will cause a relapse in hair loss and discomfort.
Take note, dogs will usually not use just one of these signals to let you know it’s uncomfortable. However one or more of these signals either in succession or simultaneously will give you a better idea of how your dog is feeling.