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Is Your Dog Stressed? How Would You Know?By Annette Masse
The canine species is a sophisticated species. They communicate with each other and with their owners in subtle ways. Saying this, canines also have the same feelings we humans do. They feel happy, loved, excited, pleased, sad, lonely and stressed. These emotions they show through their body language.
Watch for anything that is out of the normal daily routine for your dog. Many things can cause stress in dogs. A change in their environment, a change in your work schedule, lack of exercise and attention, separation anxiety, boredom, noise intolerance such as the sound of firecrackers, frustration, fear of other animals and humans, new family or new family member, trauma and even in their jobs such as police K-9's. Stray dogs suffer from stress more because of the fear they are homeless; lack of food and love. Your dog can also pick up on your own stress. It is important to recognize excitement versus stress.
What To Do When Your Dog Is Stressed
Dogs basically take care of them selves when they are stressed. Licking their paws and lips as well as panting helps them to naturally relieve stress. However, there are times when the human factor has to come into play. Sit with your dog in a quiet place with no distractions. Talk softly and gently stroking him at the same time. Give him a daily massage to relax his muscles. Play a game of catch the ball. Let your dog run and 'blow off steam'. Arrange play dates with your dog or a doggie daycare center if you are going to be gone for several days. Provide chew toys; a Kong with a treat placed inside will keep him busy and his mind focused. Provide him a 'safe place' such as a den. Keep your dog quiet and give him lots of attention. Be patient with your dog. If you have to change your daily routine and will be coming home late or leaving early, have a friend or professional dog walker come in and check on your dog. Dogs are pack animals.
Annette Masse, also known as Betty Bulldog has been loving and respecting dogs for 25 years. Sign up for a FREE dog owner mini course called "Love your DogZ" at the link below. Teaching you about your dog. Do it for your dog. http://dogZdogZ.com. Keep those tails waggin! - Betty Bulldog (Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2927278)
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Here’s a response from our article, “Like Oil And Water: Mixing Kibble And Raw” (June 28, 2012):
“Hi guys!...have been using Barf on and off for some time. I just read the raw freeze dried and kibble [article]. I am guessing that that goes for Barf patties and kibble too. It makes tons of sense and I plan to NOT do that anymore. As usual, much thanks and lots of love.”
-Patti O. from Kings Park, NY
Here’s a response from our article, “Don’t Lose Sight: Vision Tests For Dogs” (June 14, 2012):
“Our Chloe was diagnosed with SARDS a week ago today, and we have been on a wild ride trying to stabilize her vision and rebuild her compromised adrenal system…With SARDS there appears to be a very short "window of opportunity" when you can halt the progression of the disease. Please be aware that SARDS dogs present with normal-looking eyes! It's just that the rods and cones cease transmitting images to the brain…most "regular" vets cannot diagnose SARDS.
I researched two different experimental protocols. Both seem to have merit, the one advocated by "Dr. G" (the one you mentioned), and the one advocated by Caroline Levin. She bases hers on a theory of "adrenal exhaustion."
So, if I had a dog with *any* seeing problems, I would get to a veterinary ophthalmologist ASAP. I wouldn't wait for another week or so. That's time -- and vision -- lost that likely cannot be recovered.”
-Susan A. from Portola Valley, CA