Is Dog Anxiety Related to Human Anxiety?

Can dog owners experiencing long term stress or anxiety transfer it to their pets?

When dog owners go through a stressful period, they’re not alone in feeling the pressure.

Did you know that dog anxiety may be related to the stress and anxiety of dog parents?

To fully explain this, Swedish researchers studied 58 dog owners, examining hair from both the people and their dogs.

They were specifically looking at concentrations of a hormone called cortisol, which is released into the bloodstream and absorbed by hair follicles in response to stress.

The researchers found that the patterns of cortisol levels in the hair of dog owners closely matched those found in their dogs, indicating their stress levels were very much in sync. 

This means that dog parents are likely influencing their dogs, rather than the other way around, because several human personality traits appear to affect canine cortisol levels.

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Dog anxiety symptoms: signs your dog is stressed

Stress is a word that’s commonly used to describe feelings of strain or pressure. 

The causes of stress in humans are exceedingly varied and may include finances, employment and family situations.

Our dogs can become stressed too, but for different reasons. 

Since we, as humans, know how stress makes us feel, it’s only natural that we want to help alleviate our pet’s stress too.

However, our dogs can’t voice their feelings, so how can we tell they are stressed? 

The signs of dog anxiety are often subtle. In fact, some stress-related behaviours may even mimic normal behaviours.

So, here are the dog anxiety symptoms to keep an eye out for:


Pacing or shaking 

You may have seen your dog shake after a bath or a roll in the grass. The whole body shake can be amusing and is quite normal, unless it’s occurring as the result of a stressful situation. Many dogs “shake off” anxiety during stressful situations. Dogs, like people, also pace when agitated. Some will walk in a repeated path, in an attempt to self soothe.


Whining or barking 

Vocalisation is a normal form of self-expression in dogs, but it may be intensified when they are under stress. Dogs that are afraid or tense may whine or bark to get your attention or to self soothe.


Yawning, drooling and licking 

Dogs yawn when they are tired or bored and they also yawn when they are stressed. A stressful yawn is more prolonged and intense than a sleepy yawn. Dogs may also drool and lick themselves excessively when anxious.


Changes in eyes and ears

Stressed dogs, like stressed people, may have dilated pupils and blink rapidly. They may open their eyes really wide and show more sclera (the white of the eye) than usual, giving them a startled appearance. Their ears may also be pinned back against their head.


Changes in body posture 

Dogs normally bear even weight on all four legs. If a healthy dog, with no orthopaedic problems, shifts weight to their rear legs or cowers, they may be exhibiting stress. When scared, dogs may also tuck in their tails or become quite rigid.



Dogs pant when hot, excited or stressed. If your dog is panting, even though they have not exercised, they may be experiencing stress.


Changes in bodily functions 

Just like people, nervous dogs can feel a sudden urge to go to the toilet. Refusal of food and loss of bowel function are also stress indicators.

Urination and defecation in the house is especially common in dogs with separation anxiety.


Avoidance or displacement behaviour

When faced with an unwelcome situation, dogs may focus on something else. They may sniff the ground, lick their genitals or simply turn away. Ignoring someone may not be polite, but it is better than an aggressive reaction. If your dog avoids interaction with other dogs or people, do not force the issue. Respect their choice.

Hiding or escape behaviour

An extension of avoidance, anxious dogs may move behind their owners to hide. They may even nudge their owners to prompt them to move along. As a means of escape, they may engage in diversion activities, such as digging or circling.

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Dog anxiety: natural remedies

So, you’ve been going through a stressful time yourself, and you’ve noticed your dog is also exhibiting signs of anxiety…but what should you do now?

Many pet parents prefer to opt for natural dog anxiety remedies, rather than medications.

But did you know that crystals can help with dog anxiety?

The most powerful dog anxiety crystal is amethyst, which is especially helpful for pups who struggle with separation anxiety, travel, vet visits, grooming, crating or boarding.

It promotes positive energy and removes negative energy in animals, which can then create both physical and emotional benefits.

Our beautiful dog anxiety collar is both stylish and effective, featuring a stunning amethyst pendant that creates balance, encourages affection, reduces excessive barking and anxiety symptoms.

It’s also hugely beneficial for senior pets, reducing joint pain and muscle aches.

 girl sitting on field with relaxed dog

In conclusion

Dogs are hugely intuitive and often mirror the stress and anxiety of their owners.

If your dog is exhibiting signs of anxiety - such as pacing, barking, licking or hiding - there’s help at hand.

Natural remedies are great for the wellbeing of anxious dogs, helping them to overcome their emotional issues without the need for medication.

Crystals are especially effective. 

Amethyst is known as a powerful healing crystal and is perfect for anxious dogs, supporting them to restore balance and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Why not give our beautiful amethyst anxiety collar a try and enjoy natural wellbeing with style?