Signs of anxiety and fear in dogs - Dr. Marty Becker

Signs of anxiety and fear in dogs

Dog faceThese are the signs of fear and anxiety in dogs — often missed, or misinterpreted!

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Blinking, squinting
  • Clinging to owner
  • Cowering
  • Defecation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dribbling urine/submissive urination
  • Ears lowered or flattened
  • Freezing or walking slowly
  • Furrowed brows
  • Growling
  • Hardened eyes (direct stare with pupils dilated)
  • Hiding
  • Hypersalivation
  • Hypervigilance
  • Jumping and startling easy at slight changes. Hyper-alert state.
  • Jumping up, ‚Äúhugging‚Äù
  • Licking lips
  • Lifting one paw
  • Lip curling
  • Mouth closed tightly or pulled back
  • Mouth pursued forward
  • Mouthing
  • Nails extended
  • Nipping
  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Piloerection
  • Rigid forward stance
  • Running off
  • Screaming
  • Self grooming (scratching, licking self)
  • ‚ÄúShaking off‚Äù
  • Shedding
  • Slow motion moving
  • Snapping
  • Sniffing/appearing distracted
  • Staring
  • ‚ÄúSweaty‚Äù paws
  • Tail tucked
  • Taking treats harder than usual, being more picky with treats or not take treats at all even if hungry.
  • Trembling
  • Turning away (C-shape)
  • Turning head
  • Whining
  • Whiskers erected.
  • Wide-eyed/Sclera showing
  • Will not settle down and rest, or will for a moment, but back up and moving again.
  • Won‚Äôt accept treats
  • Yawning

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