STRESS SIGNALS CHECKLIST (check all that apply)

Date: _____________________________
Time: _____________________________
Dog's Name/ID: _____________________________
Evaluator/Tester:

 

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Eyes: [ ] dilated eyes
[ ] glazed over
[ ] squinting
[ ] whale eye
[ ] avoidance
[ ] direct stare

 

Face: [ ] furrowed brow/scowling
[ ] veins popped out over eyes
[ ] ears uneven
[ ] ears up and aroused
[ ] ears plastered back

 

Mouth: [ ] lip licking
[ ] clomping jaw
[ ] yawning
[ ] panting - too wide
[ ] panting - too shallow
[ ] velvet tongue
[ ] snarling

 

Vocalizing: [ ] whining
[ ] screaming
[ ] excessive barking
[ ] growling

 

Posture: [ ] stiff
[ ] avoidance
[ ] cowering
[ ] hiding in back
[ ] turning away
[ ] stretching

 

Others: [ ] sniffing
[ ] trembling
[ ] red pigment ears/eye rims
[ ] chewing/scratching at self
[ ] spinning/circling
[ ] digging/escape behaviors
[ ] chewing at bars
[ ] rubbed at top of nose

These "signs of stress" are the result of Sue Sternberg's work & experience as a training and behavioral expert at Rondout Valley Kennels, Inc.[4628 Rt. 209, Accord, NY (914) 687-7619]. These signs of stress can be used in many situations that we encounter in rescue: evaluating a dog at a shelter, after transport, at an owner release. Use in conjunction with the pre-evaluation S.C.A.N. and the Warning signs for Loss of Quality of Life

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