Stress, although usually an intangible subject, is easily manifested in humans living their day to day routines. And whether they are the good or the bad ones, their consequences can either make or break a person’s day, and then give way to the Domino Effect later on in their lives. Having said that, this phenomenon is not restricted only to human beings, as your pet dog, even if it can come out a bit simpler than yours, can experience the manifestations just the same. And in the event these happen, you need to stop, look and listen!
Stop at the presence of signs and symptoms. As with people who, in the existence of stress, are different in how it is shown in their ways and actions, so it is with your canine buddy. But unlike humans who can utter words addressing the main issue/s to give the appropriate countermeasures, your dog will never have a chance to directly tell these to you. This is why it is important to note and be alert of the signs and symptoms it is showing you. It may vary and depend on the breed of your dog, ranging from (but is not limited to) showing unusual bodily antics such as excessive pants or drools, to abnormal bowel movement or vomiting, then down to signs of either disinterest to the things it normally likes or, sometimes, aggression.
Look for and be aware of the cause of stress, then proactively seek for ways to lessen or eliminate them. Stressors can arise due to various factors, and in dogs, it can be mostly attributed to the sense of unfamiliarity brought about by things or people atypical to the surroundings they are used to. Like a sudden additional family member in the house or an extreme change such as having to go to another place or another home, to name some. And it should come as no surprise that your pet dog can sense when its owner is stressed too! And with that knowledge, actively seeking for the best practices to accustom your dog to adapt at the face of its stressors would be a great benefit not only for it, but for you as well.
Listen to your veterinarian. ‘Two heads are better than one,’ like they always say. It is never wrong to seek for help from the experts in this field, most especially when the signs and symptoms get more frequent to the point where it is already out of your control. And more often than not, indifference and the delaying of obtaining help can draw a line between the life or the death of your beloved pet.
In all these, keep in mind that while stresses might always be present as you and your dog face your daily activities, the key is to tackle each one (despite everything else) in a positive, calm attitude. It might be easier said than done at first, but continuously doing so will lead you and your canine best friend to better adaptability, and in turn, lesser stress.