Why Worry if your Dog has Sweet Daydreams?You may be plain curious about what the dog gets up to when you’re out. For example, do they go straight to sleep or the first pace until exhausted? Or maybe the dog has urinary accidents. Do these happen immediately or a few hours after you’re gone? This can identify the difference between a behavioral problem born of anxiety or a medical issue meaning they can’t hold on like they used to. And when the dog is a fur-family member, it’s important to know your four-legged is content in your absence. How to tell if your dog is happy? PetPace can give you this reassurance and so much more.
How To Tell if your Dog is HappyDogs have the emotional range of a 2 ½-year-old child, but without the tantrums! You pet pal experiences emotions familiar to us all, such as love, anxiety, joy, fear, contentment, and excitement. There’s no mistaking the intent of a play bow! The dog wears these emotions openly and in plain sight – when you know how to read their body language. You probably interpret that softly open mouth, relaxed face, and tail wag with a butt wiggle as happiness without even realizing. But along with these outward signs are inward, physiological parameters that are ‘tells’ to happiness. A PetPace collar monitors these signs, such as heart rate, respiratory rate, HRV, activity levels, and body positions. Yes, this is done with the intention of monitoring the pet’s health, but it’s also an invaluable window into their mood.
Vital Signs of HappinessWhen left alone happy dogs relax and sleep deeply. This means a slow steady heart and respiratory rate. They are also likely to curl up and stay resting in one spot for several hours at a time. Whilst at work, you can check the PetPace app on your smartphone for a real-time window on your dog’s state of mind. So if you have a hunch the dog suffers from separation anxiety then PetPace will give you the answer.
Signs of a Stressed DogAn anxious dog has a raised heart and respiratory rate and low heart rate variability (as shown on the health tracker app). They will be restless, pacing to and fro (as shown on the activity and body position monitor). Indeed, if they are hiding and withdrawn, you’ll be able to spot their lack of activity but a sky-rocketing heart rate. The dog that doesn’t move but has a racing heart isn’t asleep but worried about something. But more than this, PetPace helps you spot patterns that are key to understanding their anxiety.
- How long did the dog pace for?
- When did they settle down?
- Did they rest and then get up as if bored?
- The dog’s activity level goes up: A dog with allergies may well be scratching and needs their medication dose adjusting
- A steady rise in heart rate and respiratory effort: Vital clues a dog with heart disease needs a meds review
- Unusual clusters of physical activity: The epileptic dog may be having a seizure