10 Things You Might Do That Stresses Your Dog

As humans, we are used to discussing stress. In reality, the majority of us experience it daily. However, as strange as it may sound, dogs can also experience stress. A stressed dog will show many symptoms such as hyperactivity or apathy, behavioral changes, or repetitive behaviors. The way we deal with these symptoms may be what’s causing the issue in the first place.— even if you didn’t mean to annoy your four-legged friend.

That is why you must understand what stress means to a dog. And, because we know you want the best for your canine companion, Dog World decided to conduct some research to learn more about what to do and what not to do when it comes to stress and dogs. Also, don’t forget to check out our bonus at the end of the article.

1. Leaving them alone for a long time

Separation anxiety or stress is common in young dogs who haven’t been left alone before. Separation anxiety affects very old dogs as well because they lose their ability to care for themselves. When you leave or return home, it shows up as persistent barking, destructive behavior, or howling. Some dogs may poop or pee inside the house.

It’s not advised to leave your pet alone for more than 6 to 8 hours at a time until they’re used to it. Before you go, you should lock the doors and windows to prevent escape, make sure they have enough water and food, and leave toys for them to play with. You should also ignore them for about 20 minutes before leaving. When you return, do the same thing: don’t greet or pet the dog until they’ve cooled down. Then you’ll be able to spend some quality time with each other.

2. Taking them out with a very tight leash and not ever letting them run free

It’s common knowledge that dogs require outdoor exercise and enjoy releasing energy while running. This is especially right for dogs who live in apartments and don’t have access to a yard. If your city prohibits dogs from being walked unleashed, you should pay careful attention to how tight the rope you’re using is. A tight leash not only causes physical harm to your dog (think back injuries), but it also stresses them out. Finally, this can have an impact on your dog’s behavior.

Try taking your pet to a square, park, or open area where you can let them run free. To avoid your dog being stressed and to keep them in good physical condition, do this at least a couple of days a week. If you can’t let them run free for any reason, make sure the leash you’re using is loose enough for them to feel free when running. Of course, if we’re talking about a large dog, this isn’t an easy task, but there are other options here. For example, you can purchase an ahead harness or a training harness. These encourage you to take your pet for a walk without worrying about them being stressed.

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2 thoughts on “10 Things You Might Do That Stresses Your Dog”

  1. Elizabethtre Tremont

    I’m going on vacation for a week and will board my 2 dogs at the vets. Any suggestions on how to keep their stress as minimal as possible?

    1. If they have a favorite shirt, blanket of yours they like to lay on or a certain toy, send that with them and make sure this vet clinic walks them two to three times a day. Find out what food they feed, or just bring how many days worth for your dogs. If they have kennels and they are big enough yo room the dogs together, make sure they do that.

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