Features June 2006 Issue

Signs That Your Dog Has Stress

Learn to recognize signs of (and then reduce) your dogs stress.

Learn to recognize signs of (and then reduce) your dogs stress. If possible, remove the stressor from your dogs environment entirely. For example, if hes stressed by harsh verbal corrections, shock collars, and NASCAR races on TV, you can probably simply stop exposing him to them. For stressors that cant be eliminated, a long-term program of counter-conditioning and desensitization can change the dogs association with a stressor from negative to positive, removing one more trigger for stress signals and possible aggression.

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