How to Reduce Stress With Your Dog
April is Stress Awareness Month, and there’s no better way to destress than with canine company.
Having a pet dog around can reduce anxiety, as well as help you exercise and have fun. Plus, it’s hard to feel lonely with a dog by your side!
We’ve rounded up our top ways for you and your dog to spend some time together and let out all the stress of the day.
Go for a walk
Any pet owner who has witnessed “the zoomies” can tell you that dogs, just like humans, crave physical activity. Though it may be tempting to pull up a dog show on tv and relax for the evening, why not take some time to work out with your dog and burn off steam?
Walking your dog can be a great way to keep both you and your dog’s spirits high. Take them to the park or go for a stroll down your favorite scenic path, letting them sniff and explore along the way.
And since nothing says “stress” like stepping in dog poop, make sure to pick up after your pet!
Play interactive dog games
Does your pup seem even more stressed out than you lately? Adding mental exercise to your dog’s daily routine can resolve hyperactivity and destruction problems. One study found it reduced behaviors like pacing, chewing on furniture, and obsessive licking by as much as 90%. And, mentally stimulated dogs to adapt better to stress.
Here are some ways to help your dog work out their brain from the comfort of your living room. You’ll have so much fun together, all your worries may melt away.
For an indoor stress-reliever, keep you and your pup in shape by taking them up and down the stairs (if your dog is big enough). Or, unleash your inner American Ninja Warrior creative director and set up a doggy agility course in your living room with boxes and broom handles.
Cardio isn’t your dog’s thing? Try a strength exercise by playing tug-of-war with them. This DIY rope toy for dogs is fun to make AND fun to play with. If you made friendship bracelets as a kid (or as an adult!), the weaving pattern should be familiar.
And since smell is likely your dog’s favorite type of stimulation, an easy way to keep them happy is to change up the scent-scape of your home! A fun bonding activity you and your pup can play together is hide-and-seek. Hide small bits of food around the house for them to keep them (and you!) alert and entertained. Just make sure they don’t have to scratch up your finest china in order to get the treat!
Try some home cooking together
Looking for a fun way to destress with your dog? Why not bust out your iron chef skills and cook up some snacks they’re sure to drool over! Here at Earth Rated, we love to try new DIY recipes for the pups on our team (and they’re big fans too). We’ve cultivated a list of our favorite tried-and-true recipes for you.
DIY Frozen Dog Treats: can be fully customized with foods your dog loves.
DIY Ice Lick Recipe for Dogs: keep your dog cool and busy with this fun, fully-customizable ice lick treat.
DIY Frozen Watermelon Treats for Dogs: refreshing, and perfect for any occasion.
DIY Fresh Breath Cookie Recipe for Dogs: parsley and mint are herbs known to have properties that help combat bad breath, and these cookies are a tasty treat your dog will enjoy.
DIY Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs: sweet and nutritious. Cut the slices into shapes to make things even more fun!
DIY Ice Cream Recipe: delicious for humans and dogs alike!
DIY Birthday Cupcakes for Dogs: we can’t guarantee your dog will love wearing a party hat, but we can guarantee they’ll forgive you after one of these Birthday Pupcakes.
Have a snuggle session
If all else fails, call your dog over for some cozy cuddles. Cuddling reduces cortisol levels (that’s the stress hormone!), leaving you less anxious and more relaxed. After all, puppy eyes make the world go round!
And for any pet mess related stress, just leave it to us! Earth Rated has you covered with dog poop bags, stain and odor remover, and compostable dog wipes. So you can get back to what’s important – petting dogs, stress-free!
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