Signals of stress in a dog during training. All about dog training on wikipet!
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Some owners complain that their dogs can not stand classes and are trying in every possible way to evade learning. But dogs love to learn! And if your pet makes every effort to “dump”, it means that he is either unhealthy or his classes are fundamentally wrong.
One of the reasons why dogs “don’t like” to learn is that a person ignores the stress signals of a dog during training, continues to put pressure on the pet, and he is completely unable to learn under stress.
What stress signals should you pay attention to during training?
- Flickering tongue (the dog fleetingly licks the tip of the nose).
- Dilated pupils or whale eye (when whites of the eyes are visible).
- Urination and bowel movements.
- Increased salivation.
- Flattened ears.
- Refusal of feed.
- Frequent breathing.
- A look to the side.
- Raising the front paw.
- Sniffing the ground, eating grass or snow.
- Shaking off.
If you noticed any of the listed stress signals in your dog during training, it means that at the moment you require too much.
It is worth switching the four-legged friend to something simple and pleasant for him, giving him the opportunity to relax, take a break or stop the activity altogether - depending on the situation.