Dogs exhibit stress in different ways. A puppy becoming uncomfortable may show one or more of the following signs. Many of these behaviors are seen in circumstances other than stress but if you see several of these behaviors together and/or repetitively, you need to consider if your puppy is stressed.

  • Wet mouth or drooling
  • Lips pulled back tight or 'puffing' at the sides
  • Panting
  • Licking lips or nose; a clear runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Head lowered
  • Ears back or stiff and tense
  • Lowered body and tail (tail may tuck in extreme fear or discomfort)
  • Sweaty pads (you can often see a wet paw print on the floor); dogs sweat through their feet
  • Not wanting to walk on the leash, balking (stopping, sitting or lying down)
  • Unwilling to exit the vehicle or leave the house
  • Loose or extra stools while on an outing or just after returning from an outing
  • Whining/vocalizing
  • Hackling (extreme, usually only when fear or suspicion involved)
  • Sniffing, scratching, grabbing at grass/leash, escalating behavior (displacement activity)
  • Rampy behavior (rushing/pulling to get out of a situation or get it over with quickly)
  • Being irritated by the jacket /scratching at the collar
  • Excessive licking or chewing on the paws (would happen more at school/office than outside)