Yes, dog stress indeed! It would surprise you to know how many people have stressed out dogs. Can that be right? Dogs have an easy life don't they? Well yes, some do and some don't! Dogs are like people. Something that bothers me, might not bother you. Each dog is an unique individual in his own right.
Is your dog behaving in
ways that indicate he's stressed or worried about something? Is your dog experiencing a health problem with symptoms that are hard to resolve? No matter the cause, your dog's stress can have a huge impact on his health.
The list of things that could potentially cause stress for your dog is endless. Here are some of the reasons I have heard from people who contact me for help. Causes on this list can be subcategorized as situational anxiety ( happens occasionally ), chronic stress ( all day, every day ) and some stressful circumstances require a raised awareness level by the pet owner in order to relieve the dog's stress.
Many other causes of dog stress are possible of course, but all of these reasons are controlled by humans. We can fix it, or we can make it worse, depending on how we choose to see the circumstances. Are you thinking about your dog, or are you thinking about yourself. Whose needs are being met? Yours or the dog?
Here are some other things you might be forgetting. From my holistic heath perspective and the information given to me by people who contact me for help, I can assure you that these things also cause much stress for dogs and should not be swept under the rug. Here are the top four things that influence the health of dogs and cause stress.
I coach people who have sick dogs, so I see alot of stressed out dogs and stressed out people. Some dog health problems such as dog allergies or yeast infections can drive the whole household insane and cause stress beyond belief.
The awful physical symptoms the dog is experiencing causes huge stress for the dog, and the up/down emotional roller coaster experienced by the dog's people sends the whole household spiraling downward. Nobody knows what to do about it!
When the body is under stress, your dog's adrenal glands secrete the ' flight or fright ' steroid hormone called cortisol. Yes, your dog's body makes it's own steroid! This is fine occasionally when it happens in short bursts.
For example, if your dog starts a barking frenzy when someone comes to the door, his adrenal glands will secrete some cortisol until your dog decides whether the person at the door is a burglar or a friend. His choices are:
However, when your dog's body is under constant stress every day from:
...that chronic long term stress causes chemical changes in the body and places excessive stress on the adrenal glands over the course of time. Your dog's body does not distinguish between reasonable dog stress and chronic stress. It doesn't matter what kind of stress it is. Stress is stress. This paves the path for other serious dog health concerns.
Learn more about cortisol, dog stress and the adrenal glands here.