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5 Signs your Dachshund Might be Stressed

Just like humans, dogs can experience anxiety. If gone unnoticed or untreated, occasional anxiety can lead to behavioral issues and consistent higher levels of stress. 

Since dogs can't tell us how they are feeling with words, it's very important that dog owners know the signs, so it can properly be dealt with and hopefully prevented in future stressful situations.

Some anxiety triggers might include: Separation, car rides, crowded environments, unexpected loud noises, other dogs, meeting new people, etc...

Here are 5 signs your Dachshund might be stressed: 

#1. Increased Sleeping

Increased Sleeping in Dachshund caused by Stress

You might notice your Dachshund is taking extra naps and the naps are lasting longer than usual. While this could also be caused by simple reasons such as increased physical and mental stimulation that day, it's still important to consult your vet, as lethargy can be a symptom that your dog might also be getting sick. 

#2. Decrease in Appetite

Decrease in Appetite due to Stress

If your dog loves to eat and is suddenly acting extra picky or leaving food leftover, this could be a sign of stress. Talk to your vet if you notice a decrease in appetite so they can rule out any underlying issues. 

#3. Isolation

Since you know your dog better than anyone, you'll know how much time they typically like to spend alone. If your Dachshund is spending an unusual amount of time being isolated from yourself and/or other dogs, they could be feeling stressed. Contact your vet so they can determine what is causing this out of the ordinary behavior. 

#4. Diarrhea, Constipation, or other Digestive Issues

Typically, diarrhea and constipation are caused by a food allergy or some sort of stomach sensitivity, but gastrointestinal issues can also be a symptom of high levels of stress in your Dachshund. If you notice these symptoms, especially if they last for more than 24 hours, consult your vet to figure out the cause so it can be treated accordingly. 

 #5. Sudden Aggression Toward People or Other Animals

You should know how your dog reacts to people and other dogs generally, and if they show abnormal signs of aggression, this could be caused by stress. Consult your vet if your Dachshund continues to show these signs, as a behavioral specialist may need to be consulted if this isn't dealt with in the early stages. 

 

How You Can Help Your Dachshund at Home

While you should always contact your vet when you notice these out of the ordinary signs, there are things you can do at home to help your Dachshund cope with stress.

1. Exercise and Play-time! Keeping your Dachshund physically and mentally stimulated. Even an extra walk around the block can help relieve stress. 

2. Create a "safe-space" for your Dachshund. Perhaps a crate filled with a favorite toy or an article of your clothing to let them cuddle with when you aren't home. Sometimes your scent can be very comforting. 

3. Ensuring your Dachshund has a healthy diet. An unbalanced diet can lead to your dog having feelings of stress and anxiety. 

4. There are supplements made specifically to help relieve anxiety in dogs and lower stress levels during triggering situations. A lot of dog owners have tried this option and have seen amazing results. Consult your vet before trying any supplements. 

We hope this article was helpful. Knowing the signs of stress and looking out for them can help your Dachshund lead a long, happy, and healthy life. Comment below any methods you have in your own home for helping your Dachshund cope with anxiety!

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4 thoughts on “5 Signs your Dachshund Might be Stressed

  1. avatar Gisele says:

    My doxie has epilepsy do u recommend anything?

  2. avatar Janis says:

    My two babies just lost their daddy to cancer They had time after his passing to “do their examination” of the situation, since my husband was on hospice. My older boy was having some serious issues. I had never seen a dog’s bottom lip quiver, or real tears until then, as well as neurotic paw licking. I gave him some organic calming oil from my local pet store, and put his thunder shirt on him. He is doing okay now, our younger one was more affixed to me, and has not left me for one moment, but he seems to be handling things okay.

  3. avatar Nicole says:

    Mine does the same thing

  4. avatar Aurillo cruz says:

    I got my cheeenie fixed. But she still has aggression towards strangers an other dogs. Is she stressed ?. Because she barks at others all time

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