Is it worth it to worry if the dog is behaving uneasily? To begin with, you need to understand that there are psychological causes of restless behavior in dogs. Diagnosis of psychological abnormalities is complex and is carried out only if the pet is healthy.
Psychological causes of restless behavior in dogs
The dog’s restless behavior is a signal to alert and analyze its general condition. It is important to understand that the causes of restless behavior can be physiological and psychological.
For physiological reasons, the dog is worried due to discomfort. Most often, the "root of the problem" is that the dog cannot sleep fully, suffers from chronic fatigue and self-doubt.
The psychological causes of restless behavior in dogs are very multifaceted and most often complex, therefore their diagnosis is extremely difficult.
Diagnosis of mental disorders is associated with a number of difficult points:
- You need to make sure that the dog is completely healthy physically - it is almost impossible.
- You need to carefully track the history and analyze what events preceded changes in behavior.
- It is necessary to carefully analyze the environment, including ecology, climate, the quality of the products that the dog eats, etc.
The only psychological reason that it is customary to “designate” restless behavior is stress. Usually, the diagnosis is confirmed or withdrawn after a trial course of sedatives.
Restless behavior as a sign of illness
Restless behavior as a sign of illness is the first suggestion that is analyzed by a veterinarian. If, against the background of anxiety, the dog looks tired, less active, most likely, the reasons really lie in physical discomfort.
However, there are exceptions and controversial issues. The so-called psychosomatic diseases are mental disorders that cause real physical consequences.
Against the background of experiences and / or stress, the dog develops a physical illness. Contrary to popular belief, psychosomatic diseases are developing rapidly, so their timely diagnosis is extremely important for a full rehabilitation.
Additional symptoms and their explanation
If the cause of the restless behavior is physical discomfort, you can track down additional symptoms.
The dog rushes about and finds no place
If the dog rushes about and does not find a place for itself, the reasons may be:
- The sound that the dog hears, but you do not hear and / or other annoying factors.
- Physical pain.
A sharp change in behavior and the appearance of anxiety may be associated with recently experienced stress or very real irritating factors. If you live in an apartment, the dog may suffer from ultrasonic scares that the neighbors install. A pet can hear footsteps in neighboring apartments, smell animals.
Note! If a dog of a different sex lives in the same porch with you, your pet may become very anxious during sexual hunting.
Phobias require long-term adjustment and continued involvement of the owner. Physical pain occurs against a background of diseases that the doctor should diagnose.
Dog behaves restlessly at night
If the dog is anxious at night, the probable causes are as follows:
- Annoying factors in neighboring homes or on the street.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Sluggish chronic diseases, for example, arthritis.
Restless behavior at night is often faced by owners who work and do not spend enough time walking the dog. After a short morning walk, you go to work, and the bored pet goes to bed. Thus, the dog is at rest all day, goes for a short walk in the evening and has nowhere to put energy.
Note! Night activity is a way to attract the attention of the owner.
If the animal itches
The animal itches and looks restless for the following reasons:
- Prolonged stress.
- Explicit mental disorders.
With obvious mental disorders, the dog combes the skin to the blood. Quite often, you can watch a pet lick its forepaws. When the ward is worried, he often and nervously licks his face. Such conditions are stopped by prolonged therapy, massage, changing the schedule of feeding and walking, increased attention from the owner.
A dog can itch a lot and worry if it is infected with fleas, subcutaneous ticks or other parasites. To protect the pet from unwanted "neighbors", it is necessary to carry out preventive measures 1 time in 1-3 months, depending on the chosen drug.
Dog worries before riding or in car
Strong anxiety before driving or in the car is a natural reaction of the dog. It is important to understand what the pet is experiencing if its trajectory is not controlled.
Note! Before traveling and while traveling, veterinarians recommend the use of sedatives.
Often breathes with an open mouth
When a dog is worried and often breathes with his mouth open, the cause is overexcitation or fever. Overexcitation does not always threaten the health of the pet, as the dog may experience strong positive emotions.
Dog pulls tail
If the dog is worried and has a tail between its legs, most likely the reason is:
- Competitive environment.
- Physical pain due to which the dog does not feel confident.
A tightened tail may indicate infringement or readiness to obey. To determine the real cause, the behavior of the dog needs to be analyzed comprehensively.
The dog is hiding in a secluded place
If the dog is hiding in a secluded place and looks worried, I may have reasons:
- Ailments of any origin.
- Fear of the light.
Photophobia is a symptom of serious disorders in the central nervous system and one of the signs of rabies.
Dog is all shaking
If the whole dog is shaking, it’s possible for her:
- Strong excitement.
Note that dogs of small breeds are prone to rapid excitement and tremor. The smaller the dog, the faster it freezes and can tremble even in the warm season.
The dog follows the owner
A dog that experiences and walks after the owner suffers either from its own anxiety, or from the emotions of the owner.
It is important to understand that a dog can experience some events in your life much more emotionally. For example, if a quarrel occurs in a house, the dog may pursue the person whom he considers offended. This behavior is driven by basic instincts.
The pet refuses food or does not drink
The dog refuses food or does not drink, regardless of the reasons for its psychological state, it is necessary to consult a doctor. Hunger is considered safe for an adult dog within 24 hours, for a puppy - for 12 hours.
Remember! With a complete rejection of water, in 12 hours the puppy will develop severely dehydrated.
The dog is constantly "digging"
If the dog is worried and constantly “digs” something, the most likely cause is mental instability. It is important to understand that mental disorder and instability are completely different concepts. In the second case, I mean experiences associated with recent events
Note! For normal breeds of dogs, an excited state and a desire to dig holes for a walk is natural.
The pet whines, barks for no reason or howls
Does the dog whine, bark for no reason, or howl, looks worried or irritable? Most likely, the cause is irritating factors that you do not perceive or perceive as possible causes. Earlier, we talked about how your pet can smell another dog’s sexual hunt and hear sounds that do not bother you.
Dog triggering factors
Quite a lot of situations cause a dog to be excited, which can cause anxiety. Consider the factors that trigger restless behavior in dogs.
Anxiety after giving birth in nursing dogs
Anxiety after giving birth to nursing dogs is quite natural, as a young mother worries about the safety of the offspring. In addition, dogs, like people, have very tender feelings for puppies, so they can worry when babies squeak and are active.
Anxiety during estrus
Anxiety during estrus is quite natural, as the dog experiences very real physical discomfort. It is especially difficult for dogs during the first estrus, because they feel constant pulling pains in the lower abdomen and frequent urination.
Dog worry after surgery
Anxiety after surgery is due to the fact that the dog emerges from anesthesia and feels physical pain. During rehabilitation therapy, the dog is prescribed painkillers, but their dose is calculated so that the pet feels uncomfortable and spares itself.
Excited state after vaccination
Anxiety after vaccination can be regarded as a side effect. Despite the loyalty of modern vaccines, which should not cause any side effects and complications, individual reactions are observed quite often.
After vaccination, the dog may feel weak, suffer from fever, pain at the injection site, mild nausea. If the pet does not have an acute allergic reaction, do not worry. Side effects go away without intervention within 24 hours. You can help the dog by providing her complete peace and comfort.
How to calm a dog at home?
In some cases, the direct participation of the owner is required, and sometimes, the dog needs to be left alone or isolated.
To reassure the dog, try to call the pet, talk to him and track the reaction. If the dog calms down - great, if not, use the opposite tactic. Take the dog to the lounger and leave it alone, observe the changes. If a pet falls asleep, it is most likely hyperactive because it suffers from overwork.
In the case of severe excitement, the dog may be aggressive or completely inappropriate. The only most gentle way to calm a pet is to isolate it in a separate room and not show emotions in response.
If the dog always looks nervous, itches, licks its paws, does not obey, an integrated approach is required for help. At home, you can use standard sedatives (strictly according to the instructions). Another help method is to increase the duration and activity of walking, the more the dog gets tired, the faster it will fall asleep after returning home.
When is a visit to the clinic strictly required?
In which cases a visit to the clinic is strictly required:
- The dog is in obvious pain.
- The pet formed wounds, scratches, eczema.
- Strong changes in appetite are observed.
- The dog refuses water.
- A sharp increase or loss of weight is observed.
- The dog is suffering from a fever.
- There are signs of allergy or intoxication.
- The dog's mucous membranes turn blue during agitation or when it calms down.
It is important to understand that constant anxiety will remain a psychological problem "for the time being." Stress can cause or exacerbate any type of illness. It is proved that dogs that constantly live in a stressful environment are more likely to become infected with viral, infectious and even colds.
Dog Stress Prevention
Prevention of stress in dogs requires an integrated approach. If the pet’s experiences do not affect physical health, start by increasing the length and intensity of the wires. Communicate with your pet more often, pay attention to joint games. Make sure that the dog has the opportunity to communicate with relatives.