What Does it Mean to be a Highly Sensitive Person / Dog? A blog about the similarities between high sensitivity in dogs and people.


Being highly sensitive is one of those things that can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it means you’re very aware of the world around you and pick up on subtleties that most people miss. On the other hand, being highly sensitive also means that sometimes you feel overwhelmed by stimuli or have trouble expressing your emotions in an appropriate way. In this post, we’ll talk about some similarities between high sensitivity in dogs and people – including how they perceive things differently than less sensitive humans do, why they experience over stimulation more easily than others do (and what to do if this happens), ways they might benefit from therapy/medication/etc., etc.

Being highly sensitive means you see and experience the world in a way other people don’t.

You are more likely to be creative, imaginative and sensitive. You feel things deeply and your perception of the world is different than most people’s. You notice the subtleties in both yourself and others that others miss—sometimes to their detriment (for example, you can’t help but notice when someone is sad).

You’re more easily overwhelmed by stimuli in your environment. This can mean that you’re particularly sensitive to noise or bright lights or other people’s emotions. While these things may make life difficult for some, for highly sensitive individuals they are simply part of life—as inevitable as breathing air or eating food!

High sensitivity has been shown to have both positive effects on creativity, empathy and compassion but also negative consequences such as being prone toward anxiety disorders like PTSD.

Highly sensitive people and dogs pick up on subtleties that others would miss.

Highly sensitive people and dogs are good at picking up on subtleties that others would miss. Both dogs and humans have a heightened sense of smell, so it’s likely that your dog can tell when something is off in your home.

Dogs are also very good at reading facial expressions, especially those closest to them. If someone is sad or angry, there may be some subtle cues in their face or posture that you might not notice right away but your dog will pick up on right away because he knows his humans well!

Highly sensitive people and dogs are easily overwhelmed by stimuli.

Highly sensitive people and dogs can be easily overwhelmed by stimuli, causing sensory overload. This may result in overstimulation, anxiety, stress and depression. Sensitivity can also manifest as mood swings or physical symptoms such as stomach aches or headaches.

Be aware of over stimulation – give your highly sensitive dog space, sometimes they need to get away from it all.

If your sensitive dog is overstimulated, they might need to take a break. Give them time alone in their own space.

If you have other dogs and/or people around, make sure that your highly sensitive dog has his own safe space to go to when he needs it. If there is too much going on and the noise level becomes too high for him, then he may need his own quiet place where he can chill out.

Highly sensitive people and dogs sometimes have a poor sense of self worth.

Highly sensitive people and highly sensitive dogs may have a poor sense of self worth. They may not feel good about themselves and their abilities, or they may feel like they don’t belong in the world. This can be especially true for dogs who are very timid or shy.

  • A highly sensitive dog might feel like he’s a burden to others because he doesn’t want to cause problems when he’s around other people or dogs. But this isn’t true! He just needs time to warm up to new situations before you move forward with them.

Knowing what makes you / your dog feel good is crucial to self care.

Knowing what makes you / your dog feel good is crucial to self care. This is especially true for sensitive people.

Self-care can help with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety; physical health problems, including chronic pain; and stress related illnesses like heart disease and digestive issues.

It’s also important to have a supportive person or animal in your life.

For both humans and dogs, therapy may be an option worth considering if other methods aren’t working for them.

Having a supportive person or animal in your life is essential for the health of the highly sensitive.

Regardless of whether your dog is a highly sensitive person, it’s important to have someone in your life who understands you. A supportive person or animal can help you deal with the challenges of being highly sensitive and feeling overwhelmed.

For example, if you’re feeling overstimulated by noise and activity around you, having a supportive friend nearby may help calm you down so that your body doesn’t become overwhelmed.

Having positive relationships with others is also essential for the health of any dog who feels like they don’t fit in. It’s been shown that dogs who receive positive training are more likely to succeed at agility competitions—and we all want our dogs to be happy!

Both humans and dogs may benefit from therapy.

It’s important to note that therapy is not only for humans. In fact, therapy can be helpful for both human and dog alike. Therapy can help you better understand yourself and the world around you, which may in turn help your dog feel more comfortable with their traits as well.

For example, many people who are highly sensitive have difficulty with sensory processing. This means they experience things like sounds or lights in a way that feels overwhelming (for instance, a gunshot might sound louder than it actually is). If this happens to dogs as well, they can benefit from therapies such as desensitization training where they learn how to cope with these experiences while learning skills they need to become more confident in the world around them. Similarly, if your dog has anxiety issues related to being around other dogs—such as growling when another dog comes near him—he may benefit from some form of behavioral modification therapy such as training him not to react aggressively when he sees another dog coming toward him or practicing basic commands so he knows how behave when meeting new people or dogs

It’s not always easy, but knowing you’re a highly sensitive person/dog can help you understand yourself better, and serve as a guide for how to live your best life.

You may find that knowing you’re a highly sensitive person/dog helps you understand yourself better, and can serve as a guide for how to live your best life.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • It’s not always easy, but it can be rewarding!
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, try taking some time for yourself. Go for a walk, enjoy some alone time with your dog or cat…I won’t tell anyone if you curl up in bed with some Netflix instead of doing dishes.
  • If something is bothering you and it isn’t possible to do anything about it right then (or even later), try writing down what happened so that when the situation does come up again later—maybe in therapy or during conversation with friends—you can have some clarity around what was happening back then and why it still matters now.


If you’re a highly sensitive person or dog, don’t worry about it. There’s nothing wrong with being who you are and we think you should embrace your uniqueness! Just like your canine counterpart, there are many ways to take care of yourself so that you can live a happy life. If you’re having trouble finding these things within yourself or in your environment (like lack of sleep), consider getting help from an expert so they can guide their clients through their journey to wellness.

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