Stress and Behavioural Problems

I think stress in our dogs is very much an overlooked symptom. There are many factors pointing to a stressed out pet and we as humans need to know what those signs are. We surely can recognize them in ourselves, how is it that we don’t see it in our dogs?

Our beloved dog can be stressed from interpersonal relationships within the household. They can be stressed from something as simple as boredom. Not adequate stimulation throughout their days can lead to that. As intelligent dogs they need to be stimulated mentally and physically each day. If there is not enough attention given to them or enough exercise given to them each day, they will suffer from stress.

  • Stress symptoms in dogs can appear as immune system dysfunctions
  • Yeast problems
  • This will impact the adrenal glands and other organs
  • Behavioral issues can arise
  • Weakened animals will have the reduced ability to deal with any further stressful situations very well

 It is important to look beneath the surface symptoms when dealing with stress in your dog. More than likely you will discover the reasons for their stress by observing their behavior. Signs of stress in a dog can appear as:

  • lick granuloma
  • constant gnawing on feet or forelimbs or hind limbs
  • pica, or consuming nonfood objects
  • skin irritations or eruptions
  • behavioral issues from aggression to timidness or fearfulness

If yo truly want to help stressful situations in your dog’s life, follow some very basic guidelines. They are in the following:

  • Provide really good food for them (high -quality ingredients, few chemicals)
  • observe their environment that they live in (not enough room or not enough space daily)
  • Monitor their exercise daily
  • Avoid medication unless absolutely necessary

There are many herbal and homeopathic remedies that can be administered to our dogs for stress related illnesses. One of my favourites for stress is St. John’s Wort given in tincture form. Smaller dogs give 100mg twice a day, larger breeds give 200 to 400 mg twice to three times a day depending on their size.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Above all, keep a watch on your faithful companion and recognize what different dog symptoms are stress related. Both you and your companion will fair much better over the long run if we learn how to deal with stress physically and psychologically.


How are the ways you deal with stresses in your dog’s life? Share your comments below!

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2 Responses to Stress and Behavioural Problems

  • Johnathon says:

    Hey, thanks for all the tips in Chapter two in your Ultimate Rehabilitation book on the many ways we can help our dogs ourselves, in so many easy ways. I have helped my Shitzu and my Lab. Never thought some things could be so easy! One of my dogs has anxiety and gets stressed real easy. This has helped him so much. Thanks!

  • helga says:

    Johnathon, there are many ways we can help our dogs that have stress and anxiety. Our own energy can be a contributing factor in this. We need to remember to be calm and this will also help them. Rescue remedy is great for many of these stressful situations. Glad to have helped!

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