5 Anxious Dog Symptoms

Most of us are aware of anxiety and stress. After all, we encounter it on a daily basis at work, in school, etc. In fact, it is more unavoidable now than ever in a world where everything moves fast. 

However, anxiety is a necessity for survival. Without it, mankind would most likely not be around today. 

This ancient mechanism configured in the human brain has helped us with identifying threats and staying safe. Without anxiety, we would not be able to detect a pertained threat.

It is completely normal to be anxious, however, it becomes an issue when it prevents daily activities and symptoms become severe (e.g. shakiness, sweating, dizziness).

However, this is not something that is limited to humanity; our beloved dogs are also programmed with the very same anxiety mechanism after all to avoid danger and death. 

Unfortunately, however, anxiety disorders can also develop – even with dogs, yes. So here are the Top 5 Anxious Dog Symptoms a dog owner should look out for.

1) A tucked tail

One thing to look for in order to determine a dog’s mood is the tail. The dog’s tail can reveal a lot. A dog commonly wags its tail to convey happiness and excitement. 

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes a dog will walk around with a tucked tail. This is something to be cautious about, as a tucked tail can indicate many different emotions that include anxiety, fear, and aggression. 

However, this should be closely observed concertedly with other symptoms such as shedding and panting.


2) Hiding or escape behavior

When feeling anxious, some dogs tend to literally move behind their owners to hide. In some cases, they may even poke their owners to cause them to move along. 

And speaking of escape, they may engage in different activities such as circling and digging, or they might hide behind a car or tree.


3) Panting

Dogs tend to pant when they are feeling hot, stressed, overwhelmed, or excited. If panting occurs without having done any activities (e.g. going out for a jog) or circumstantial summer, it could be an indication that it is distressed.


4) Shaking or pacing

You have probably seen your dog shake violently after a bath. Perhaps you have seen your dog roll in the grass. These are all normal behaviors of a dog, unless it is a result of a distressing situation. 

A dog could for instance be anxious when visiting the veterinarian – it is in fact quite common, just like some humans are when required to take a blood test. A dog pacing around could also indicate anxiety.


5) Whining or barking

This one is common. When a dog senses discomfort, whining or barking will take place. It is a defense mechanism after all. 

However, a dog-owner should be cautious, as barking also can be interpreted in the complete opposite way: For instance, when a beloved one returns home after a long holiday, a dog will usually bark as a way of expressing excitement and happiness. 

Therefore, knowing your dog is a necessity to differentiate the two polarized emotions. 


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