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Why Do Some Dogs Get Stressed?

Last updated 5 years ago

Just like their owners, dogs can suffer from stress and anxiety. For dogs, stress is most likely to occur when there are dramatic changes to their routine, such as prolonged absences by their owners, or other significant events, like moving house. While some of these changes to routine are unavoidable, there are steps you can take that will minimise the stress for your dog.

Causes Of Stress

Stressful situations for dogs primarily occur when they don’t understand what is happening. The biggest trigger for dogs becoming stressed is when their owners are stressed, as dogs can pick up on the mood of those around them, so it is important that you try to remain calm in stressful situations for the sake of your four-legged friend.

Helping The Situation

If
the stressful situation is due to a large change in their routine, such as moving homes, it is important that you try to keep as many familiar elements to your dog’s routine in place as possible. This can mean giving them the same bedding or sticking to their usual exercise schedule like morning walks, as much as possible. It is also important to give them plenty of extra attention to help reassure them that everything is all right.

If You Are Not Around

If the stressful situation is that you’re returning to work after holidays, obviously you can’t be around to comfort your dog. The best techniques to help your dog adjust to your absence, is to give them plenty of toys to keep them occupied while you’re away, and keep to a good exercise routine to help them expend their energy when you’re home.

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