The Traffic Lights of Fear and Anxiety
Is you pet in the green and good to go or showing warning signs that things are not quite as relaxed as they could be sitting somewhere in the middle or is your pet in the red zone?
Unfortunately pets do not have the ability to talk and tell us how they feel. It is up to us to learn how to read their body language and what they may be trying to tell us.
It is especially important to be able to read when your pet is stressed or fearful so you can remove them from a situation before it escualtes further or results in aggression.
Our Traffic Lights of Fear and Anxiety highlight the visual signs dogs show when experiencing different levels of anxiety or stress. Familiarise yourself with the signs so you can learn to read your dog’s body language.
● Relaxed body posture and facial expressions
● Will take treats
● Accepts pats
● Shows interest in environment and people in it
● May not always take treats
● Body posture stiff
● Looking away
Starting to show the first of the 4 F’s:
● Licking lips
● Body shake
● Putting paw up
● Teeth chattering
● Hypervigilance- looking everywhere, very aware of their environment
● Body might be shaking
● Posture very rigid
● Face is tight- tight gum line, furrowed brown, staring eyes, ears doan/ back
Starting to show the other F’s
May become stiff and do not move, they are frozen by fear
May constantly be moving away and trying to hide
May growl, bare teeth, snap, bite