Some of us have dogs that can really drain our energy. We hear it often, "at the dog park or at home, my sweet dog is an angel. At other times, my dog stresses me out!" Neither you or your dog deserves to be stressed out.
Caring for a living breathing animal can be stressful, and sometimes we need to take a step back and reevaluate how we're handling and coping with the stress of owning a dog.
If you're feeling like this, just slow down and reevaluate. We'll discuss a few reasons why your dog may stress you out.
Dealing with a reactive dog's behavior
Reactive dogs are very excitable compared to other dogs. They may bark, lunge, or growl, creating a very difficult situation for their owner.
You aren't alone, sometimes you'll worry that your dog may react negatively to children on the sidewalk, a biker, or even the mailman. This can cause internal anxiety without ourselves.
If this is the case, you may have a reactive dog and your dog's behavior can sometimes cause issues.
So, if your dog stresses you out, what can you do? Let's discuss a few options dog owners have in correcting behavioral issues and help you reduce your stress levels.
Hiring a dog trainer
If you need extra help, and you don't have the time or expertise, a dog trainer could help both you and your dogs.
They'll know how to deal with reactive dog behavior.
They'll tell you why your dog barks, explain the stress response, discuss how loud noises may be triggering, and a number of other helpful dog tips.
Additionally, a dog trainer can be very helpful if you have a new dog that you're getting used to.
Training always helps!
Your dog around other dogs
Usually reactive dogs tend to socialize well in dog parks and around other animals. But pet owners should be aware that isn't always the case. Some reactive dogs will become overly excited when they see other dogs. Which can make you stressed out.
When you're at the dog park, help your dog learn how to interact with the other dogs. Walk with them slowly and calmly around the perimeter at first.
This allows your dog to become aware of any new dog they might see.
Remember, reactive dogs benefit from calm and in control dog owners. Your furry friend will thank you for it!
Conclusion: My dog stresses me out
If your furry friend has been disrupting your life more than usual lately, it might be time to have a heart-to-heart with them.
While our dogs can't tell us in words what's wrong, their actions and behavior changes often point to the root of the problem.
If you're finding yourself getting frustrated with your dog, take a step back and try to understand things from their perspective.
Chances are, they're just trying to communicate with you the best way they know how.