Telltale Signs of Anxiety in Dogs
Feeling anxious or uncomfortable in strange situations is completely normal—both for humans and for dogs. While we can say "Please leave me alone. I'll be fine in a minute," dogs use other cues to communicate.
Some signs are obvious, while others are more subtle. Dogs that are stressed may show the whites of their eyes or stare intently at the object that scares them; they might start blinking, or scanning their environment vigilantly. They will often avoid eye contact with people or other dogs, turn away or cower behind objects or their owner.
Their ears may become more erect, or they might lay their ears flat and pull them back against their head. A stressed dog may close his mouth and grimace or smile, which may progress into a growl, snarl or bite. Whining, whimpering, growling and barking are all possible. Or the dog may stand still and shift the weight on their front paws away from the object that is scaring them.
A stressed dog can also pant, hold their breath, drool, tremble, sweat from his foot pads, or shed hair excessively. They may submissively urinate or defecate. They may shake themselves vigorously, yawn, lick or scratch themselves, roll over and expose their belly, or appear sleepy or depressed. Some dogs become destructive or aggressive. If your dog shows signs of these behaviors, call our clinic at (503) 682-3737 to learn about ways to manage the situation.
Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070