Pugs are, for the most part, happy-go-lucky dogs that go along with whatever adventures life throws their way. It’s one of the reasons so many of us share our home with them. But that doesn’t mean your spunky Pug can’t feel stressed or anxious. Even if it doesn’t happen often it’s good to know when he feels uneasy so that you can make him more comfortable. The following are some of the big signs that your Pug is feeling stressed or anxious.
#1 – Whale Eye
“Whale eye” is when your dog’s eyes get big and the white around the iris is visible. With many Pugs, their eyes will actually bulge. This is a definite sign that your Pug is stressed or anxious. However, some Pugs genetically have eyes that protrude out due to their face shape. Be aware of what your Pug’s eyes look like when he is relaxed and happy so you can notice the change.
#2 – Whining
A stressed Pug will often whine. If your dog is whining and you know he doesn’t have to go outside to go potty, he may be stressed. He may also bark.
#3 – Cowering
Pugs who are stressed will often try and find a place to hide. They may cower at your feet with their body hunched over and ears down or they may try and hide under furniture. Some Pugs even duck under their owner’s arm if they are being held.
#4 – Uncurled Tail
A Pug’s tail is normally carried over its back and curled a few times, depending on their genes. When stressed, that tail will be uncurled and on some, even hanging down.
#5 – Won’t Eat
If you train using positive reinforcement (or just happen to be feeding him) and your Pug is not interested in his food that he normally inhales, something is up. Barring any medical reasons, he is probably stressed or anxious. Change the environment so he is more comfortable and then he will eat.