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Very scientific (not!) study about pets and stress – part one

I am about to touch on a very serious topic: how do pets cope with stress? Do they even feel stress?

I live with so many of them, I have plenty of material to study. But, as I am aware that reading my blog should not feel like a school assignment, I am going to break it down into three different parts: Part one will be the dog, part two the fish, and part three, the cat. Now if you would like to submit your own observation of stressed pets, I could add a part four. We’ll see…

So let’s start with the dog. Having observed my own, I think that on the whole, a dog’s day is pretty stress-free. I mean, would you be stressed if most of what you are expected to do is sleep? I don’t think so…

There is some level of stress in a dog’s life though. Take Pepper, for example. every time we feed him, he gobbles his food within twenty seconds, while looking frantically around him to make sure no one is going to steal his bowl. We have had the dog seven years and NEVER in that entire time has anyone touched his food when he eats. So why is he so worried? Interesting… Maybe I should study this behavior in another scientific experiment…

Other than that, Pepper looks pretty chillax. Let me show you a picture of him at any given time in the day…

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So see! Not much going on… To be fair, he is not always like this. Sometimes, he is like that:

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Today, in the interest of science, I woke him up and tried to put him in a stressful situation. And this is how he reacted…

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So…. yeah! Not too stressed, I think.

 

 

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