Signs of Stress In Your Dog

Dogs can show various signs that they are stressed. As dog owners it is helpful for us to know what these signs are so we can help keep our dogs happy and safe.


It is important to look at the signs in context of the whole situation, as some can be normal behaviours. Dogs will usually exhibit more than one sign when stressed. When in doubt give the dog space. Thanks to Millicent Hayes, owner of Unleashed Potential Dog Training, for putting together all this information.


Signs of Stress

  • Lip and nose licking

  • One paw raised

  • Yawning

  • Scratching

  • Sniffing

  • Whale eye (whites showing)

  • Low tail with only end wagging

  • Tucked tail

  • Ears back

  • Closed mouth, tight lips