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Canine Stress Signs

Some stress signs may be difficult to see, while others are very noticeable. Some signs relate to an increase in activity, as in acute stress - body and mind go into "red alert" status. Others relate to a decrease in activity or shutting down - in response to chronic stress. These differences are due to chemical changes taking place in the dog's brain.

Please note that some of the signs listed below may also be caused by health-related problems. Consultation with a veterinarian may be advised.

Stress Signs:

Possible causes of stress:

Stress Reducers:

Check out the web page "Reading Canine Body Postures" to see illustrations of some dog body language.

Copyright Pat Scott 2003