Dogs become stressed for a lot of different reasons, and many humans are oblivious to canine stressors because, well, we’re human! For example, dog-to-dog greetings involve a lot of circling and sniffing, neither of which is easy to accomplish while on a leash.
This is probably why leashed dogs often appear anxious when they encounter other dogs. They can’t greet each other in a natural manner, which means they can’t size up the other dog as friend or foe, and they can’t prepare to fight or run if necessary because they’re tethered to their human.
Another thing many people don’t realize is the extent to which we, as pet parents, create stress in our dogs. Some of the following human-induced dog stress triggers may surprise you.