10 Signs your chihuahua is stressed
We love our Chihuahuas and think we know them. But can you read her body language, would you be able to tell if your Chihuahua is stressed?
Learning to read the signs is helpful as it helps you avoid potential difficult situations. A stressed dog is one on the verge of biting. Also, like people, stress can have a damaging impact on her physical health as well as her mental wellbeing.
Here are 10 signs to look out for that could give you an idea that your Chihuahua is stressed and not coping with a situation.
Licking of lips and nose.
All dogs will lick their lips and nose, but if they are doing this because of stress they will do it repeatedly. Minnie does this in the car and it is often followed by vomiting.
Again, all dogs will yawn from time to time, but if you put this in context with some of the other signs it can be an indication of stress. For instance, if you are at the vet he may yawn while on the table.
When Minnie is upset, her ears can go horizontal to her head. While she does look cute, she looks like Dobby from Harry Potter, she is doing it because she is unsure and lacking confidence. Other dogs with different shaped ears may draw them back flat against their head. Ears down is a sure sign that your chihuahua is unhappy.
Dogs will pant when they want to cool themselves, if it is a hot day or they have been charging around in a game. But if your chihuahua is panting for no obvious reason then look at the situation she is in and remove her. Mika will pant if all the grandchildren come around and start rushing about. A sure sign that given provocation he is going to snap at one of them.
Avoidance and whale eye
If your chihuahua is worried about meeting another dog or people she may turn her head, tuck her tail, avoid eye contact and maybe try to hide. She is telling you she is unhappy so don’t force the situation on the dog.
If your chi is head down and showing the whites of her eyes (Sometimes referred to a whale eye) do not approach her as this is a sure sign that she is about to explode and you are likely to get bitten. Remove the source of the aggravation and leave her alone to calm down.
You can often get this whale eye when dogs are being over hugged. Hugging is a human thing, dogs don’t really enjoy it.
Full body shake.
When your chihuahua gets out the bath she will give a shake to get rid of the water. But if she does it when you are out or going somewhere then she is finding the situation stressful. Next time you take her to the park or taining session watch and she if she does this.
Your dog may start to franticly chew or bite the furniture or maybe even himself. He may start to obsessively lick or chew his leg or paws. Again, look at what is going on when he does this and think about how you can resolve it.
Accidents in the house.
This could be a tough one for chihuahua owners to spot as Chihuahuas are notoriously difficult to toilet train. Partly because they have tiny bladders, don’t like going out in the cold and because they are stubborn.
Ill and lethargic
Like people, stress can manifest itself in other ways, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, skin issues, lethargy and excessive sleeping. If there are no obvious reasons for these symptoms, then stress may be a factor.
All dogs may shed, but when they are stressed it may increase, look next time you take your chihuahua to the vet, is more hair coming off when you stroke her?
Another tough one, as chihuahuas are know for their barking and watch-dog attitude to everything. I am not sure I would be able to identify when my chis were barking excessively. But if your chihuahuas are normally well behaved and then start barking, try to spot a pattern.
Change in behaviours
This could be aggression to other dogs or people when she is normally placid, hiding away when she is normally sociable. If your chihuahua’s behaviour suddenly changes you need to look at what is going on in her life, do you have workman in, is there a lot of shouting and noise suddenly? She could also be ill or in pain so take her to the vet for a check-up.
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