Is Your Dog Too Quiet? Here's How to Tell

Vocalization is a normal self-expression in


, but it can become more intense when they are under stress. If your pup is whining or barking to get your attention or to calm themselves down, this is usually a sign that something is wrong. If your dog is adopted, they may be too shy to bark and may take some time to adjust to their new environment. When a dog's cortisol levels (the stress hormone) are constantly high due to sudden changes in the family environment, scary events, or even as a response to perceived stress in humans, they may become quieter or more reserved than usual.

This could be a sign of depression, so if your pup has always behaved well and something is wrong, don't assume that they are misbehaving. Recent surgery or illness can also cause them to be quieter than usual. To differentiate signs of stress from normal behavior, you must be familiar with your dog's usual behavior. If you think your pup is stressed or anxious, contact a certified canine behavior counselor to help you find out why and to address their underlying stress and anxiety.

Cathy is a fearless certified and certified professional, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Pet Professionals Guild and the American Dog Writers Association. She has extensive experience in helping pet owners understand their dogs' behavior and how to address any issues that may arise.If you're concerned about your pup's quietness, it's important to take the time to observe their behavior and look for any signs of stress or anxiety. If you think something is wrong, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

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