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Signs of stress to watch for when training a dog
Rating: 2.84 / 5 (220 votes)  
Posted: 2008 Mar 07 - 02:58

Many times when I train with my clients, they are concerned that the dog gets too stressed.

Lots of dogs are great actors, so be aware that if the dog learns it can get out of a training session by acting out, it will do it again.

Not always is a tucked under tail a great sign of stress. Do not forget the dog has to get used to the new things you try to teach it. As long as you are not too harsh with the training and the dog is healthy, you want to continue training.

Before you know it, that tail is wagging again and the dog is happy to work for you.

Please contact me anytime if not sure how to read your dog's body signs.

Signs of stress in dogs include:

. Shaking

. Panting and salivating

. Dilated pupils

. Excessive blinking

. Increased activity or

pacing

. Loss of appetite

. Restlessness,

distraction, agitation

. Sweating through the

pads of the feet

. Inappropriate urination

/defecation

. "Shutting down" by

turning away or

avoiding eye contact

. Excessive shedding

. Diarrhea

. Yawning

. Whining, excessive

ocalization

. Licking lips

. Hiding behind handler

Some causes of stress:

. Unusual noises

. Unknown places

. Confusing or

inconsistent training or

handling

. Rough or unpredictable

handling

. Crowding by people or

other animals

. People exhibiting

inappropriate or

nusual behaviors

. Unusual smells

. Unusual emotional

reactions of the handler

. Extreme temperatures

(inside and outside)

Birgit Edler is the owner of Canine College in Juno Beach, which offers grooming, training and day care services for dogs and cats. Call (561) 626-0552 or e-mail Caninecollegefl@yahoo.com.





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