How to tell if your dog is happy stress

How to tell if your dog is happy stress

Below are some simple indicators that can help to signal your dog’s mood for today:

A) Dog is happy

  •         Bright or brighten eyes

  •         Ears raised, signifying he is relaxed, listening & showing acceptance

  •         Head held high – in attempt to capture your attention

  •         Tail moves freely or wagging tail

  •         Jaw is relaxed

  •         Appears alert

  •         Wet & cold nose (normal condition of a healthy, happy dog)

  •         Raises a front leg to touch you

  •         Leans to your side with its head

  •         Content dogs sleep for about 8 to 10 hours per day, mostly at night

B) Dog is stressed out

  •         Keeps yawning

  •         Genital licking

  •         Makes nose noises such as a hard sneeze or sniffing sneeze

  •         Tucked tail

  •         Soft whining

  •         Heavy breathing

  •         Pupils dilate, showing the whites of his eyes

  •         Ears backwards – showing either submission or fearfulness

  •         Taut tail held down rigidly behind him (ready to spring on you if threatened

  •         Pupils dilate, showing the whites of his eyes

  •         Defensive Growl

  •         Baring of teeth as a signal for you to back off

  •         Avoiding eye contact

  •         Warm and dry nose – he may be dehydrated and needs a drink

  •         Refuses to walk or move when called

C) Dog is sad or unhappy

  •         Usually sleeps more in a 24-hour period, entering a state bordering on depression or learned helplessness

  •         Appears lethargic and lose all its bounce

  •         Eyes don’t shine with excitement but rather appear dull and vacuous

  •         Behavioral problems that arise as diversions. Example: excessive barking

  •         Destructive actions such as digging of the garden

  •         Annoying attention-seeking behaviors like biting of the remote controllers, furniture leggings

  •         Either overeating or lose its appetite for food

  •         Ears backwards – showing either submission or fearfulness

  •         Adopts hunkered, cowed postures and shows a lack of alertness and curiosity

  •         Becomes anti social and act out their negative feelings

D) What makes a dog sad?

  •         Inconsistent/ insufficient interactions with their owners – owners barely take a look at dog, talk to or pat them after they
            waited so many hours at the door for their return from work

  •         Lack of exercise

  •         An unstable routine – the dog doesn’t know when its next meal, drink or toilet break will be

  •         Lack of engaging activity with owners

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