New Research Shows You Might Be Seriously Stressing Out Your Dog

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

Any dog owner will tell you that having a furry friend by your side is not only wonderful for the regular reasons having a pet is awesome (snuggles, playtime, licks, etc.) but also as a great stress alleviator.

Pets are proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder for their human counterparts. Canine companions do all sorts of things to help us stay cool, calm, and collected just by being by our sides and offering us plenty of hugs and kisses. But are we doing the opposite for them? Bad news: You may be stressing out your dog with your own stress.

New research shows that we may be seriously stressing out our best friends. Our pet’s stress level might actually sync up with our own, and if we’re constantly stressed out about the day-to-day things that tend to raise our blood pressure (taxes, job loss, illness), Fido’s stress levels may also be peaking.

Maybe you have been stressed or anxious lately but have been neglecting to take care of yourself. If you knew that your high anxiety and stress were leading your dog to be highly anxious and stressed, would you do something about it? Also, this poses the question of whether or not dogs experience the same or similar emotions to humans. And if so, is the proper way to treat those emotions the same as how we would treat them for humans?

Watch the video to find out if your stress is stressing out your dog and what you can do about it.

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