It's easy to tell when a dog is happy - they wag their tail, jump around, and show excitement when you come home. But what about when they're not so happy? It can be difficult to tell when a dog is feeling down, but there are some key signs to look out for. A sad dog may show a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed, such as going for a walk or playing outside. They may also seem withdrawn from people, including their owner.
dogsmay hide or avoid people if they suffer physical injuries. Aggression can also be a sign of unhappiness in
dogs. If your pet is usually calm and starts barking, growling, or snapping at anything that comes their way, it could be a sign that they are feeling down. The symptoms of depression will vary depending on the individual dog and the severity of the problem.
However, there are some key things to consider, such as changes in body language during your interactions with people and other pets, decreased appetite, and lethargic behavior. Major changes in the environment can also cause stress in
dogs, such as house moves, construction work or major home reorganizations. If you're suddenly less available to your dog, for example if you return to work after a break or start a new job, it can affect your pet a lot. If you've ruled out any medical problems, I recommend that you get your dog back to the routine and play with him to stimulate his mind.
It's common for
dogsto not want to play from time to time, but if this happens over a long period of time, it may be worth investigating. If a dog suddenly gets much harder than usual with his toys or anything else in the house, it could be a sign that he's feeling unwell. Usually, with a little time, extra attention and pleasant enrichment activities, your dog will overcome his depression without major difficulties. For some dogs, their depression is a less transient and more serious problem in the long term, and they will need additional support.
If you can't make the changes (for example in the case of moving house), keep in mind that your dog has difficulties and give him more love than usual and lots of fun things to do to distract and support him during the changes. Some physical conditions, especially those that cause pain, can affect the dog's mood and whenever there are sudden changes in the dog's personality or behavior, the first step should be a visit to the vet to check that there are no clinical causes.The way you train your dog and the way you relate to him on a daily basis will have an impact on his mood. All dogs are different so discovering what meets a dog's pre-established needs may be the key to keeping them happy.