Key Points Owning a dog can be stressful and a dog owner’s stress can be detected by their dog. A dog owner’s stress can be reduced by a calm d...
Signs Your Peekapoo is Anxious and How to Help
One mental is the Peekapoo. This is a cross between the Pekingese and the Poodle breeds; it stands at about 11 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 20 pounds. In this blog post, we're going to explore key and maximize their . Let's get started! that your is feeling anxious. Then, we'll dive into three outdoor and three indoor strategies to help combat theirthat all hate is when their dog faces . Our instinct just can't handle the fact that our beloved is dealing with . We want to do everything in our power to help, but sometimes we just don't know where to start. One that particularly falls victim to
Sign #1: Body Language
The first and most diverse signal that your Peekapoo is feeling anxious or stressed can be found through their body language. Body language is a significant indicator of emotion, mood, and current temperament in humans and alike. The posture, positioning, stance, and facial expressions of a subject can give you much insight into how that subject is feeling. This applies directly to canines, too. Let's go around the different key parts of body language that you need to look for in your dog.
Your Dog's Tail
The first major zone in your dog's body language is found in their tail. Dog's tails have a keen ability to "interpret the dog's emotions and intentions", says the American Kennel Club. The speed, direction, and height of your dog's tail all play a factor in determining how they feel. Let's go through the different tail variables.
The faster the wag, the more aroused your dog is, just like when your dog is meeting you. When the tail is wagging to the right, it could indicate your dog is feeling positive about something; if it's wagging to the left, that could mean he's feeling negative about something
Finally, the position of your dog's tail relative to the ground can play a role in how they feel. If their tail is pointing to the ground or tucked between their legs, this is the surefire sign that your is experiencing at the time. Contrastingly, if your dog's tail is held up high and proud, it means they're feeling assertive and confident.
Your Dog's Facial Expressions
The next critical area of your dog's body that could signify that they are feeling anxious or stressed is their face. These are visual cues that can directly indicate certain emotions, but it's important that you know which ones to look out for.
The first part of their face to pay to is their ears. According to Spruce , a leading pet company, "the position of your dog's ears can change based on their emotions." A dog's ears go back when they are feeling nervous, or anxious. They appear to be pinned to the side of their head, instead of naturally resting as they usually do. This could also be a sign that your dog is feeling fearful or wary about something.
Another essential facial cue that you should look out for is in your dog's eyes. It's called whale eye. This is when you can "see the whites of [your dog's] eyes," says Dr. Marty. He adds that it happens when your dog is "looking away with their face and making eye contact with their eyes." According to him, whale eye happens when your feels uncomfortable, anxious, or stressed. Another eye-related facial cue is when your dog is avoiding eye contact with you. The American Kennel Club states that this means "the pup is reacting to your voice and body language and thinks something must be wrong."
Here are a couple more miscellaneous facial signals that can indicate an . If your dog is excessively yawning or licking their lips, this may not just mean they are tired or hungry. Sometimes, these facial cues are representative of an -ridden dog. Another one of these facial signals is excessive drooling.
One subset category of . It's just as troubling as its counterpart but brings along with it a different set of and to look out for. that appears in many canines is According to People.com, over 50% of pet parents believe their dog suffers from . That's a lot of anxious ! WebMD's pet health center asserted that happens when "a dog that's hyper-attached to their owner gets super-stressed when left alone" for a of time. The attachment is so strong that when the pet owner leaves, the dog feels like a part of them is missing. It's a serious condition that requires patience and effort to overcome. Let's explore some of the telltale of .
Destructive Behavior When You're Gone
The first alarming signal that your is destructive behavior. If the house is destroyed when you return, there are socks everywhere, and furniture has been chewed, then it's likely your is facing a tough battle while you're out of the house. That same attachment they have to you is something that your dog heavily relies on for during the day. When you leave, their security blanket is gone and that causes to swell up in your dog. They don't know where to direct that anxious energy, so they end up resorting to destructive behavior. might be facing
Another facet of this destructive behavior can be urinating or defecating in the house. Even if your dog has just gone outside before you leave, you may still end up returning home to a house littered with pee and poop. Why does this happen? What does it have to do with ? When your dog is anxious, a fight-or-flight response is produced. During this response, more adrenaline is made in their bodies. Dr. Turnera Croom told Bustle that, while this allows the dog to get out of that feeling, it also "[relaxes] the bladder and anal sphincter muscles, allowing waste to release."
Anxious Behavior As You're Leaving
The next worrying symptom of a dog experiencing is anxious and stressed behavior as you're getting ready to leave the house. Dogs are pretty smart, and they can tell when certain things are about to happen. When they see a leash, they know it's time for a walk. When they smell their , this is when it will kick in., they know it's time to eat. That's why when your dog hears the keys, they know you're about to leave the house. If they are suffering from
You'll see your dog . As we mentioned before, your dog has formed an ultra-strong attachment to you. When you leave, that attachment is threatened and your dog feels . around the house as you grab the keys. They may be trembling beside you as you're walking to the door. They may keep pawing at your legs, urging you not to leave. All of these behaviors are indicative of a dog who is facing
Barking and Whining While You're Gone
Another telltale symptom of is excessive barking or whining while you're gone. According to Assisi Animal Health, this is one of the most common amongst canines. In mild cases, dogs will vocalize continuously for up to 15 minutes after their owner leaves; you might have neighbors complain to you once you return home. In more severe cases, the dog will whine or bark for longer than 15 minutes or will vocalize intermittently and settle down between episodes. of
In any case, the reason your dog is doing this is because they want to express their discomfort and get some . It's an almost compulsive behavior in to whine and bark when they are anxious. They need someone to hear their agony, hoping that someone will be you.
Outdoor Strategy #1: Go Hiking With Your Peekapoo
The first outdoor activity that can help your Peekapoo overcome their is hiking. Unlike , hiking provides your canine with a scenic environment to take in while they get their . Let's examine why hiking is such a beneficial activity for your dog's mental and physical health.
The primary advantage of hiking is that it helps keep your dog "mentally balanced." Instead of laying down alone while building up , your dog gets the opportunity to do something engaging and interactive. Hiking reduced their , , and hyperactivity by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. This serves to stabilize your and refresh their mental health. The beautiful, natural setting of a hike will bring about peace within your Peekapoo, eliminating any sense of or they might have had.
Another reason hiking combats against is because it strengthens the bond between pet and . The relationship you have with your Peekapoo gets furthered as you navigate the terrain and climb mountains together. The thrill and achievement of doing something together builds your bond, and that serves to fight against any potential .
Here is how to go hiking with your . Go online and search for local trails, national parks, and other hike-able terrains near your area. If you're willing to travel, there are some beautiful national parks in nearly every state, and almost all of them allow on trails. Once you've found a suitable hiking location, get some supplies together. You'll need a portable bowl, some for you and your pup, their collar and leash, and maybe some if you'd like. Dress comfortably and think about getting a harness so your canine is comfy too. Head on over to your hike and get started!
Outdoor Strategy #2: Go to the Dog Park
The next outdoor strategy that will help your and into a positive state of mind. Let's take a closer look at why socialization might be the solution to your . We all know that socialization is a critical part of any dog's development. They need to be exposed to a variety of environments to ensure a well-rounded temperament is raised. However, socializing your can actually help fight their ! overcome their is a trip to the dog park. This is a surefire way to get your out of their A veterinarian in Texas supports the conclusion that socializing your dog "helps maintain lower and will be enjoying their day. levels." By playing with other and expending their energy, your canine will have forgotten all about their
Here's how to plan for a successful trip to the dog park. Get your dog's leash, collar, or harness. Grab a few of their favorite balls or toys to play with at the dog park. Pack some , , and a bowl in case your gets thirsty or hungry. It might be a to pack some poop bags for when your dog chooses to go to the little dog's room. Search online for local dog parks, and check to see when they're open. Make sure the weather is okay and plan to go on a nice, sunny day. Once you get to the park, let your off their leash to go meet their friends. Keep a close eye on them to make sure they're not getting into any trouble.
Outdoor Strategy #3: Set Up a Treasure Hunt
The final outdoor activity that you can use to fight against your and .'s is setting up a treasure hunt. This is an interactive activity where you hide several around a maze of objects, and your dog is then tasked with finding each treat using just his nose. It's a fun and enjoyable game that will not only stimulate your dog's mental and physical capacity but will also reward him with . Let's look at why a treasure hunt is so effective against of
A treasure hunt is essentially glorified scent work. Scent work, or nose work, is when a dog is tasked with finding objects and using only their sense of smell. It's not only an activity for K9 police , however. The average dog can benefit greatly from doing scent work. After an intense session of scent work, "the dog will have a sense of peace." This sense of peace serves to minimize feelings of and , and tire the dog out into a relaxed state.
Here is how to set up a treasure hunt for your dog. Get several of your dog's favorite . We recommend our Calming Zen Chews; they're ultra-relaxing. They feature natural and pet-safe calming agents, such as Chamomile, L-Theanine, and L-Tryptophan. These work to bring to your canine via a tasty treat. Find an open space and litter it with obstacles. These can be objects of any nature - be creative! Now, scatter the throughout the area. Once it's set up, let your dog go! They'll smell the , and gravitate towards them. make sure to shower your dog with love once they find all of them.
Indoor Strategy #1: Train Calm Behavior
The first indoor activity that can help your Peekapoo overcome their is almost a cheat code for us pet parents. It's calm behavior to become a command in your Peekapoo. Believe it or not, this is possible! While it takes some time, effort, and patience, you can train your dog to fall into a calm and peaceful state via positive reinforcement and shaping. Let's look at one way to teach your dog calm behavior.
The easiest approach to this behavior is spontaneously catching your dog in the act. When you notice your displaying behavior that you consider to be calm, use your clicker and treat your dog to something tasty. This will help them associate the calm behavior with a positive reward like a treat. Then, as they start exhibiting this behavior more and more often, begin to add a cue word just before the response. As your dog is about to relax and lay down, say the cue word so they hear it. Once the response happens, then administer positive reinforcement and your dog will strengthen that behavior. Over time, your dog will be able to settle and calm down on command.
Indoor Strategy #2: Play the Which Hand Game
The next indoor strategy to fight your Peekapoo's and is another scent work-based game: the which hand game! This is a rewarding game that engages your . By having them take part in something productive, those negative feelings are replaced with positive reinforcement and peace. The next benefit of this game is that it "builds your dog's confidence." One of the main reasons why dogs are fearful and anxious is because of the lack confidence in themselves. This game strengthens that confidence and prepares your Peekapoo for . in something positive and meaningful instead of letting them sit idle and grow anxious. Here are two reasons why this game is so effective at battling . First, the which hand game offers your canine a fun outlet of "mental stimulation." Those anxious energies are usually present because your dog has nothing to do, i.e
To play the which hand game, all you'll need is a few and your ! Put a treat in one of your hands and then close both fists. Show them both to your dog, and allow them to smell each hand individually. Once they begin to show an interest in a certain hand, open it. If it's correct, reward your with a treat and some love!
Indoor Strategy #3: Take a Nap With Your Peekapoo
The final indoor activity that can help your dog alleviate their and is a nap. That's right! Taking a nap with your canine can chemically help both of you boost your mental health! Let's take a look at how this works. of Sleeping with your dog releases the chemical oxytocin in both of your bodies; this is the chemical that "reduces and elevates your mood." This serves to combat anxious feelings and regulate your dog's mental health. This effect also works in reverse, as "74% of report improvement in their mental health from pet ownership." This is commonly known as the pet-effect.
There are two steps to effectively overcoming : recognition and treatment. The first half of this article was dedicated to educating you on the of , so that you can recognize it as soon as it appears. The second half of this piece focused on arming you with , so that you can truly help your canine. What was your favorite strategy? Was there one we missed? Let us know!