According to a new study in Denver it seems that stress is showing itself in dogs by way of premature grey hairs.Just as in people too much stress is obviously bad but can be treated in dogs with some behavior modification. If you have a dog who is very nervous all the time then have a search online for the many many methods of changing his or hers behavior of find a good trainer to help you de-stress that pooch.
What do your dog Buddy and Barack Obama have in common? Two things, actually: They're stressed a lot, and they're going prematurely gra----------y.
Camille King, an animal behaviorist and owner of the Canine Education Center in Denver, Colorado, told CNN that, over the years, she noticed a correlation between anxiety and premature grayness in the dogs with whom she worked.
"The first thing I thought of when she told me that was the presidents and how they age and get prematurely gray," Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and co-author of the study, told CNN. It's true — photographs before and after presidency reveal startling results and, Grandin said, were the inspiration for the study.
Conducted at Northern Illinois University, the study, published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, tracking 400 dogs, ages 4 years or younger, who have darker hair (to accurately show grayness). Researchers took photographs of the dogs and asked their owners to answer a 21-question survey, which measured their pets' anxiety levels.
The next phase of the study included comparing the survey results with the dogs' levels of grayness. Using a scoring system, the researchers found that dogs with anxious behaviors (as determined by the survey) were 40% to 65% more likely to have muzzle grayness.
The study is a good reminder to check in with your pets. Behaviors that indicate stress, according to the study, include whining or barking when left home alone, cowering in the corner around a large group of people and jumping on visitors or regularly pulling on the leash when on walks.