Stress is normal for animals. Hunger is an example of a stressor that reminds them to eat. Fear is a stressor that helps them to survive. However, leaving dogs exposed to stress for longer durations can lead to problems.
Your dog may yawn when he is awake, shake off after a bath, or pant on a hot day. But if you see these behaviours together, or they are happening repeatedly, it may be an indication that your pet is stressed. Few pet parents detect stress signals before it is too late. Learning to recognise these simple actions can help prevent larger behavioural problems including aggression, biting, and other violent behaviour.
Here are six tips to help manage your pet’s stress: