Humans deal with lots of stress nowadays, whether it’s work or health-related, family issues or just general burnout. It should be noted that a human’s emotional state has a definite impact on their pooch. Regardless of whether you are part of the reason your dog seems down or anxious, or if “Spot” appears a little sad even though you are on the up and up, it’s definitely possible for dogs to get stressed out.
Like us, every dog has a unique personality. He’ll have his ups and downs, but mostly there is a benchmark personality on which you can measure if your pup seems “OK” based on comparisons to his “normal” behavior.
It seems easy enough to tell if your dog is acting differently than usual He may appear depressed or anxious. And also, like us, stress has a negative effect on a dog’s health.
Here are some signs so you can identify whether or not there may be an issue of some sort, and how to nip this discomfort for your dog and any related behavioral problems in the bud so you and Spot can live a better life.
Digestive issues and changing bathroom routines
Whether it’s diarrhea or constipation, there is a possibility it may be related to anxiety that your pet is feeling for whatever reason. Look out for any warning signs of food-borne illness, such as blood in the vomit and/or stool. If the issue(s) are severe, contact a vet. Your doctor will be able to determine the source through a health assessments and subsequent testing, as necessary.
Sudden disinterest in food
We all know dogs love to eat. It seems to be their reason for everything at times. If your dog seems to have little interest in food out of the blue, that’s a sign of stress or another health issue. Pups love a good meal, so a drastic cut in food intake is reason enough to get the pooched evaluated.
Unusual amount of alone time
While some dogs crave the cuddles of their family, other like to hang alone from time to time. But if you find your dog alone a majority of the time in an effort to isolate himself than that is typically considered strange behavior, and should be checked out.
If your vet determines this behavior isn’t due to an underlying medical condition, Haggerty Dog Training can help get your and your pup on the right track. Contact our Midland Park and Bergen County, New Jersey facility today!