When a dog is "F.A.S.E.D.U.P" (or "Stressed") it causes the levels of Thyroid, Hypothalamus, Adrenaline and Testosterone in its body to rise very quickly, triggering a variety of symptoms like those listed below.
These lists are not definitive and must not be taken out of context.
For instance, just because your dog is sniffing the ground as it goes for a walk does not mean it is "fasedup" and doing a displacement activity. Far from it, the dog is more likely enjoying one of its most finely tuned senses and is "reading the newspaper"! However, if your dog sniffs the ground while you are training, the sniffing may be a displacement activity and a calming signal as the dog attempts to relieve the stress it feels while doing this exercise or piece of equipment (for instance while doing the weaves in Agility).
Remember, every dog is different and displays different combinations of symptoms
PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS & EFFECTS
- Fast, shallow irregular breathing due to the increased need for oxygen - may lead to hyperventilation.
- Excessive panting to reduce the dog's body
- Heart pumps faster
- Movement stiff, jerky and unnatural - the dog loses its athleticism and has restricted mobility.
- Tension in its muscles - For instance around the corners of the mouth; jaws and teeth clenched; neck and shoulders tense; upper back hunched; tension in its rear end and tail. All this tension may make the dog more prone to muscular problems and injuries.
- Tight skin
- Dilated pupils
- Staring (sometimes bloodshot) eyes - often small and "piggy" like from the tense muscles around the eyes.
- Sudden appearance of dandruff on the dog's coat - this dandruff is particularly obvious in dark coloured dogs.
- Excessive and sudden hair loss - not to be confused with a dog moulting naturally.
- Mouth either dry, foaming, excessively drooling or pale gums
- Sweaty pads on the paws - the dog may slip and slide on a wooden, tiled or slippery floor covering.
- Chattering teeth
- Drooped head and low body posture
- General restlessness and an inability to relax and settle - unable to sleep deeply and "recharge its batteries".
- Increased metabolic rate - continually underweight and hungry (often leading to persistent scavenging or stealing).
- Inefficient digestion - absorbs
less nutrients into its system.
- Loss of appetite - refusing tasty, smelly food treats.
- Excessive thirst
- Eliminates and urinates ("wees and poos") more than normal.
- Raising its hackles at the slightest provocation.
- Increased alertness and sensitivity of its Senses
- Ignoring the fact that it is exhausted or in
pain and keep going for longer than normal - either distance,
speed, hunting, or fighting.
ILLNESSES & MEDICAL CONDITIONS
ASSOCIATED WITH STRESS
EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS & EFFECTS
MENTAL SYMPTOMS & EFFECTS
BEHAVIOURAL SYMPTOMS & EFFECTS
To conclude, here are -
THE MOST COMMON "DEFAULT" STRESS BEHAVIOURS IN DOGS
These often occur when the dog's "Long-term Stress
Glass" is overflowing
If you find that your dog is showing symptoms like those listed on this web page over a period of time, then it is highly likely that you need to look at ways of reducing these levels of long-term stress.
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