Dogs can sometimes get stressed, just like we do. But unlike us, they can't talk about it or go for a drink to relax!
It's up to us then to learn to detect the signs of anxiety in our pets, and to monitor these symptoms. What's more, it's essential that we differentiate between "good stress" and bad. Agitation and overexcitement, often characterised by fidgeting around the ears and tail, should not be confused with genuine stress.
Just like humans, a stressed dog will often experience changes in his sleeping habits - maybe he is having trouble sleeping, or spending more time than usualsleeping - or eating habits. He may exhibit behaviour which is characteristic of bulimia or anorexia.He may alsobegin to neglect his hygiene.
If your dog is turning away from a particular situation or avoiding somebody, somewhere or something, pay attention. Usually this kind of behaviour goes hand in hand with a lowered head or tail, and an avoidance of eye contact.In these kind of situations, do not force him into anything: let him get out ofthe situation which is stressing him out.
If your pet is showing one or more of these symptoms, pay careful attention to the source of his stress. If in doubt, it is advisable to ask your vet's opinion.