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Spotting signs of stress in your dog

We’re doing all we can to try and understand what dogs are trying to say to us, but sometimes their body language and signs of stress are so small and subtle, they go undetected.  It’s good to know and recognise these signs before it’s too late.

Signs of stress can be as obvious as hyperventilating, whining, barking or even extreme signs like urinating.  More subtle signs are things like yawning, lip licking or flicking the tongue over the nose, subtle panting, pacing, general tension or stiffness in the body or ‘whale eye’ where the dogs head stays in one place but the eyes move to show the whites of the eyes.

Failure to notice any of these signs could lead to unwanted behaviours which could escalate to fear and or aggression. 

If you notice your dog showing signs of stress in certain situations, it is always worth consulting a behaviour adviser to find out where and why your dog is showing these behaviours and what can be done to help him/her.



Research and science tell us that dogs trained using aversive training methods for example, positive punishment (smacking), or negative reinforcement (using your hand to push a dog into ‘down’ position), are more likely to show unwanted behaviours which stem from lack of confidence. 

Aversives are things like physical corrections, prong, shock or choke collars, correction sprays, can shakers, spray bottles, shouting, hitting or threatening your dog.

Positive reinforcement training using rewards such as food/treats, play/games or petting are far more likely to produce a dog who is happy, willing to learn, confident in most social situations and dogs that can take on new learning and information whilst being in a positive frame of mind.

As a CAPBT trainer and behaviour adviser, I only use positive reward based training and the results speak for themselves!


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