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10 Signs of an Anxious Dog

Dogs are much like people in the way that they not only have a wide array of emotions but also have a wide array of responses to those emotions. Knowing the signs that your dog might exhibit while under stress is helpful in so many situations. These are some of the most common ways to tell when your dog needs their space and a couple pointers on how to help your dog through those uncomfortable times.

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1) PACING
Most dogs will pace between 2 or 3 spots when they have general or situational anxiety. It is commonly seen when new guests arrive in your home.

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2) HIDING
Generally when dogs hide it is someplace they feel safe and that they have spent a lot of time. Dogs that like their kennels often retreat to their kennel or in the master bedroom.

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3) WIDE EYES OR EXCESSIVE BLINKING & EARS BACK
This is generally the facial ques of a passive dog that just wants to be ignored more than anything. They might or might not be panting also.

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4) WIDE EYES & EARS PERKED FORWARD
This is generally a sign of a more dominant dog that is wanting to project the message that ‘if you approach I am ready to bite’. They generally do not pant because they are focused on projecting their serious energy.

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5) YAWNING
Excessive yawning is a very common method for dogs to release tension in their head, neck and shoulder muscles.

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6) SHAKING
Another way for dogs to help themselves release stress and relax their muscles is by shaking, as if they were wet.

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7) TREMBLING
Some dogs take the opposite approach and start to tremble from the tension of their muscles. This is generally paired with wide eyes and ears back.

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8) LICKING
Many dogs show anxiety through lip licking. It is most commonly paired with yawning and/or hiding. But some also excessively lick their paws, a toy and/or people.

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9) VERY SLOW MOVEMENTS
Most passive and fearful dogs don’t want to be noticed. So they move slowly to escape detection.

10) BARKING OR WHINING
Expressing their emotions through sound can be frustrating, but some other dogs don’t know how else to express themselves.

Want more help? Fill out the form through our Contact Us tab to tell us what your dog is doing and how we can help. Thank you for reading our blog post. If you’s like to suggest another topic or have any advice for us please email us at Paws@MXPets.com. Have a great day!
~ Nikki Johnson