Changes In Appetite
Just like people, dogs will experience changes in appetite when they are depressed. Most dogs will lose appetite, and will even refuse foods and treats that they loved previously. Some dogs, on the other hand, will start eating more than they did previously.
Depending on whether your canine buddy has lost or gained appetite, they could gain or lose weight.
Changes In Sleeping Habits
Dogs require more sleep than us, and it is totally normal for your dog to sleep for up to 14 hours in a day. However, if you notice that your canine buddy is sleeping all the time, even when you’re around, this could be a sign of depression.
Loss Of Interest In Activities
If a dog who used to be excited about going out for walks and drives or going out to play suddenly seems uninterested in these activities, there is a high chance that the dog is depressed.
Hiding And Avoidance
Is your dog suddenly spending all their time hiding in a dark corner of the room? This is a sign that your dog wants to be left alone, and can either be caused by depression, injury, or illness.
If a canine who was previously soft and mellow is suddenly reacting with aggression to every person or animal they come across, depression could be the reason behind this change in behavior.
Is your house trained dog suddenly doing their business inside the house? Stress and depression can make it difficult for dogs to control their bowel movements, resulting in potty accidents.
Licking Their Paws
Licking or chewing the paws is an instinctive action that dogs perform when they are trying to soothe themselves. If your fido is spending a lot of time licking their paws, this is a sign that something is bothering them mentally.
It is totally normal for puppies to want to chew everything they come across. Fortunately, they outgrow this behavior pretty quickly. However, if you have an adult dog that has suddenly started chewing and scratching at everything, this behavior could be caused by depression.