Dogs cannot communicate verbally when they are not feeling happy. They just express in the form of physical cues or altered behavior. If you notice a strange behavioral changes in your dog, you must find out what it needs. Perhaps your dog may be running around crazily, or over-anxious, isolated or clingy. As a dog owner, you know its normal activity and any change in his/her actions can be an indication that something is wrong. We’ve rounded up some of the signs of boredom and stress in dogs along with some tips to change its mood or behavior back to normal.
Generally, dogs sleep for longer durations. As a dog owner, you must be familiar with that fact. But they sleep a lot only if their owners are not present with them or when they are not at their home. Even we tend to oversleep when we are stressed out or completely exhausted. Most of the dogs sleep when their owner is left for the work. However, if the dog continues to sleep even after the owner is back to the home, it is an indication that something is wrong with it. Make sure that you check out for the physical problems. If you do not find any problem and still it continues to oversleep, there are chances that your dog is depressed.
Dogs love to stick to their routines. We, humans, have a certain biological clock and habits and we stick to them as they make our day run smooth and comfortable. Even the dogs count on their routine. They feel a sense of belonging and safety by following the same routine every day. But if you see that your dog is rejecting its favorite meal or abnormal changes in its appetite or having the accidents in its familiar indoors or maybe frequently taking bathroom breaks, it indicates that it is facing some sort of issue or discomfort. If your dog is skipping its daily activities which he usually loves to do, it means that he is not feeling well or stressed out.
If you observe any aggressive signs in your dog which are beyond normal, then it is a sign that your dog is either sick or stressed up. Aggressive behavior towards people or other animals can be a sign of anger and anxiety. It is recommended to consult a veterinary behaviorist or veterinarian before the behavior gets much worse. Most of the aggressive signs are accompanied by violent facial expression and fearful body postures with submissive behavior. A veterinary behaviorist employs some behavior management techniques which may help your dog to cope up. It is also important that you spend some quality time with your dog. Take your dog for a walk and motivate him for playing.
Usually, dogs feel happy and excited when they see their owner returned to home. If you notice any kind of hyper greetings or abnormal behavior when you get back to the home, most probably he is not happy or he had a really boring day. If he jumps in, runs around or ignores you even when you are beside him or act hyperactively, there must be some problem. Spend some time with your dog and try to invite him for play. He may have too much energy piled up and waiting for the ways to explode.
Dogs are wonderful social creatures. They love spending time with people or engage in on-going activities. It is okay for the dog to spend some alone time every day. But if you see that your dog is hiding in the closet all the time, then it indicates that he is not happy or probably depressed. It can also be a sign of sickness or anxiety if your dog is isolating himself or herself from people or other pets. Dog’s do not understand the problem but still, they can figure out that something is wrong. For a normal social dog, isolation and withdrawal from people and pets are the signs of anxiety or pain. Consult the veterinarian as he can help you to find our the cause for its strange behavior.
Relationship is all about knowing your companion. It’s just the same even with your dog. Dogs develop a caring and loyal relationship with their owners. Just reciprocate the care and love in the same way. Responsible dog owners notice the behavior of their pets and try to figure out the problem if he/she is not behaving normally. Give as much attention as possible and observe the behavioral and physical cues. Refer our blog as we have posted some actionable tips on how to make your dog happy. Patience is the key. Be patient with your canine companion and giver her/him the necessary relief and comfort.