Staying indoors for an extended period of time can drive anyone crazy, including our four-legged friends. It’s not unusual for your pets to stress out and bark non-stop or rip pillow covers apart! They suffer from anxiety disorders and restlessness as well. Here are 5 ways to help reduce your pet’s anxiety whilst stuck at home, as recommended by experts.
1. Train them yourself
This is a great opportunity for you to train your pets all by yourself, keeping them busy.
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2. Try new exercises with them
According to Canine expert Cesar Milan, exercising pets is very important as it keeps their body and minds healthy. Besides additional activities, he recommends walking your dog daily no matter what.
Watch the Top 5 indoor exercises for dogs to keep them fit and fine!
3. Treat them to a massage
Who doesn’t love getting a massage? This will help ease their emotional traumas, reducing their stress levels. Laura Arseneau – a canine bodyworker and an animal practitioner – suggests that massage therapies also help build their immune system and lower their blood pressure. Here’s a short video on Dog Massage Techniques: How to Massage your Dog.
4. Music Therapy
Listening to music can be soothing for our pets too. Professor Lori Kogan et al. conducted a study on behavioural effects of auditory stimulation on dogs and found that listening to music also encourages them to bark less and helps them overcome other stressors such as loud noise, It also lowers their heart rate. Ranging from reggae to soft rock and classical music, they seem to enjoy every bit of it!
5. Remove triggers that may cause anxiety
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Do you ever find yourself trying to get some work done, but your dog is clearly saying “I NEED to play with you RIGHT NOW!” 😈 I have lived with many very high-energy dogs over the years, and I’ve found that getting up a little early and giving my dogs the outlet for their energy that they need makes a HUGE difference in my ability to be productive for the rest of the day. As tempting as it is to sleep in and wait until evening to give your dog some exercise, I highly suggest resisting that temptation and getting up an hour earlier to play with your dog 😁 Once you get over the shock of waking up early, it’s actually an extremely pleasant, peaceful and satisfying way to start your day! For those of you with high energy dogs, give it a try! There’s nothing like seeing your dog panting and happily exercised when you go off to work (or settle down to work from home). Does your dog ever bug you for attention throughout the day? Do you ever exercise your dog first thing in the morning? Let me know your daily routine to give your dog some physical and mental exercise in the comments!! #zakgeorge #dogtrainingrevolution #dogtrainingexperience #pupford #pupfordpups #30dayperfectpup #dogtraining #puppytraining #dogtrainer #sciencebasedtraining #obediencetraining #puppytrainingtips #dogtrainingtips #positivereinforcement #bordercollie #bordercolliepuppy #noladogs #dogs #cutepuppy #sciencebaseddogtraining #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #positivetraining #positivedogtraining #puppytricks #dogtricks #cutepuppies