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Stress Busters

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Today, we’re going to discover what stress looks like in a dog, and what we can do about it. Whenever you’re ready to begin, hit the green start button below.


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Question

How might you tell when a dog is stressed?

Think about how you or someone you know might act when stressed, scared or worried. Would a dog act the same way, or differently?

Feel free to write your answers down, or discuss with those around you.
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Activity

Why might a dog feel stressed?

In the following pages you'll see some images of dogs and a short explanation about why they feel stressed. Choose which word best describes how they might be feeling.


A dog looking unhappy

Buster can't get to his food.

Buster's family have gone to bed and Buster is hungry. His food bowl is in the kitchen, but the kitchen door is closed. Which word describes how Buster might be feeling?



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Correct!

Buster isn't able to open the door to the kitchen, which has left him feeling frustrated. Obstacles like this are a common reason a dog might feel frustrated, and therefore stressed.


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Daisy has been left home alone.

Daisy has been enjoying having her humans around during the holidays, getting extra walks and more time playing. However, her humans have had to go back to school and work, and now she's left alone all day. Which word best describes how Daisy might feel?



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Daisy was getting used to having her humans around, and now they're not home, she's feeling very bored. This type of stress is known as separation anxiety, where she feels stressed by being alone or being away from her humans.


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Rupert hears a loud noise outside.

Rupert is relaxing next to the sofa when he suddenly hears a very loud noise from outside. He isn't able to see what is making the noise. How might Rupert be feeling?



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Rupert wasn't expecting this loud noise so was rather frightened by it. Being fearful is another common reason a dog may feel stress.


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What can we do about it?

So far we've discussed what could cause stress and what it might look like, but what can we do to help our pets cope with stress?

In the following pages, choose whether or not this activity might help our dogs to feel more calm. Whenever you're ready, click next to begin.


Piano keys and sheet music

Would playing some music help?

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Dogs do find some genres of music quite calming, such as classical music, soft rock or even reggae!

Putting on the radio or playing a playlist can be a great way to help keep your dog relaxed and stress-free, especially while you're not home. Just be sure to not play it too loud.

Better luck with the next one!


Correct!

Dogs do find some genres of music quite calming, such as classical music, soft rock or even reggae!

Putting on the radio or playing a playlist can be a great way to help keep your dog relaxed and stress-free, especially while you're not home. Just be sure to not play it too loud.


A rubber ducky in a bubble bath

Would giving them a bubblebath help?

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While it is important to keep our dogs bathed and clean, running them a bubblebath probably won't help them if they're feeling stressed.

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While it is important to keep our dogs bathed and clean, running them a bubblebath probably won't help them if they're feeling stressed.


Bowl or Bin cat card showing blueberries

Will ignoring them help?

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Ignoring our pets while they're stressed can make the problem worse, as it can leave them feeling frustrated, bored and alone. We'd be better to find other ways to help.

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Ignoring our pets while they're stressed can make the problem worse, as it can leave them feeling frustrated, bored and alone. We'd be better to find other ways to help.


Bowl or Bin dog card showing carrot

Would taking them for a walk help?

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Going for a walk can be a great distraction for a dog, allowing them to explore, sniff, and use their brain.

Taking a dog for extra walks, longer walks or playing more before leaving the house can help tire them out so they can relax and enjoy a nice long rest while you're away.

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Going for a walk can be a great distraction for a dog, allowing them to explore, sniff, and use their brain.

Taking a dog for extra walks, longer walks or playing more before leaving the house can help tire them out so they can relax and enjoy a nice long rest while you're away.


Bowl or Bin cat card showing chocolate

Would some extra treats help?

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Treats can provide a nice distraction (and a tasty surprise!) for a dog who is feeling stressed.

Whether hiding treats around the house, or using an 'enrichment aid' like a KONG toy or a lick mat, food can be used in many great ways to calm a dog.

Better luck with the next one!


Correct!

Treats can provide a nice distraction (and a tasty surprise!) for a dog who is feeling stressed.

Whether hiding treats around the house, or using an 'enrichment aid' like a KONG toy or a lick mat, food can be used in many great ways to calm a dog.


Thank you!

We hope that you've learned a little more about stress in a dog, what might cause it, and what we can do about it.

At Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home we're trying to make more people aware of stress, because we're worried that things like separation anxiety will become a more common problem for dog owners to overcome.

If your own dog is feeling stressed or anxious about being left alone, we've added lots of extra helpful information to our website, which you can visit here.


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