Dog stress – how does the owner’s anger, fear and sadness affect the pet’s health?
Dog stress - did you know that a caregiver's bad mood can affect the dog's health and stress in various ways?
Low feelings such as fear, anger, malice, hatred, and jealousy lower the energy of everyone who feels them.
This energy is automatically received by everyone in our environment, mainly animals.
Just as a colleague from work who is always unhappy, complaining and crying about herself, can destroy a good atmosphere, the same is true with you and your client. Coming home with fear whether your boss will fire you, or with envy and jealousy because your neighbor has a bigger house and another new car, and you once again didn't get a promotion... you exude low energy, which your pet absorbs like a sponge.
The animal's physical health and the caregiver's emotions
That's why, when you feel sad or bad, your loving friend appears right next to you?
It is similar with diseases - it is an age-old superstition that animals catch our diseases. They do this because when you love someone with such enormous, sincere love - which the vast majority of animals have for their owners - you take away everything bad from that other creature just to help it.
Below are some potential effects of your low energy and how it affects your dog stress.
Low energy and its impact on the dog's well-being and stress
- Stress: Pets are sensitive to their owners' emotions and may feel stressed when their caregiver is in a bad mood. This can lead to an increase in your pet's cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which can weaken its immune system and affect overall health.
- Change in behavior: Pets often respond to their owner's emotions, and a change in the owner's mood can affect the pet's behavior. For example, if the caregiver is irritated or upset, the animal may become more anxious or fearful. This can lead to behavioral problems such as excessive excitability, aggression or anxiety.
- Change of routine: A caregiver's bad mood may lead to a change in the pet's routine. For example, if the caregiver is apathetic or inactive, this may impact the amount of time spent engaging in activities and play with the pet. Lack of adequate physical activity and mental stimulation can negatively impact your pet's health and well-being.
- Changing eating habits: If a caregiver is in a bad mood, it may affect their appetite and eating habits. Unhealthy eating habits of a caregiver, such as eating unhealthy foods or neglecting regular meals, can lead to the animal being under-nourished. Pets often eat what their caregiver gives them, so a change in the caregiver's eating habits can impact the animal's health.
Emotional blocks and dog behavior
It is important for the caregiver to be aware that his or her mood can affect the animal and to try to maintain a positive atmosphere around the animal.
A few tips on how to increase your energy so as not to burden your pet with it soon.
Emotion management techniques for animal guardians
Animal guardians should be aware of the impact of their emotions on animals. There are many emotion management techniques that can help maintain a positive atmosphere at home. Np. relaxation exercises, walks outdoors, a healthy diet, reducing anxiety, jealousy and anger, practicing gratitude, meditation and a positive approach to life are key to maintaining the well-being of both you and your pet.
The role of positive emotions in animal welfare
While the owner's negative emotions can negatively impact the animal, positive emotions play a key role in their well-being. Research shows that dogs whose owners display positive emotions are more active, healthier and more mentally balanced.
The conclusions from research on the impact of caregiver's emotions on the animal's health are clear. Negative emotions, such as anger, anxiety or sadness, can lead to various health problems as well as deepen the dog stress relationships. In turn, positive emotions promote the animal's well-being and have a positive effect on its mental and physical health. Animal guardians should therefore consciously work on their emotional state to provide their pets with the best possible living conditions.
Taking care of the animal's mental and physical health not only contributes to the animal's better well-being, but also shapes a positive relationship between the caregiver and the animal. Introducing simple emotion management techniques into your everyday life can bring surprising results.
- Amelia Kinkade - "The Language of Miracles"
- Rupert Sheldrake - "The New Biology"
- Lynn McKenzie – animalwellnessmagazine
- Joan Ranquet - "Communication with all life"