5 Stress-Reducing Activities To Do With Your Dog
With everything going on in the world right now, we could all use some stress-reducing activities. We can’t think of a better way to do this than with your dog! These fun activities can be done right in the comfort of your own home and will help relieve some stress. You can do these stress-reducing activities at any time when you feel you need a little pick me up!
Dog Yoga - Doga
When attempting Doga, you may need to take a few tips from the masters. Dogs are the reason we have downward and upward dog poses, after all! Try doing some simple poses around your dog to see if they show any interest. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and with a little practice and patience hopefully, it will also give you and your dog some extra quality time together.
You can also try to incorporate yoga into your walks with your dog. Try practicing crescent lunges along the sidewalk or even tree pose if your dog is busy going potty or sniffing around. Most importantly, have fun with it but try not to force poses on your dog. We don’t need any doga related injuries.
If you’re stuck at home for a while you may start to stress out about being at home. Aromatherapy is a great way to help relieve some of that stress. Your dog may even be catching onto your emotions and becoming stressed as well. Finding a pet-safe essential oil that both you and your dog can enjoy is important. Cuddling up on the couch with your dog while you have a diffuser going can relieve stress and create a positive mind space. Some of our favorite stress-reducing essential oils include:
- Bergamot - great for balancing emotions
- Lavender - the most popular essential oil for stress
- Ylang Ylang - has a sedative property that helps relieve nerves
- Frankincense - calms the mind and slows down stressful breathing
Meditating is a wonderful way to reduce any stress you may be feeling. If you have ever practiced meditation then you know what we are talking about! This can put your mind and body into a much calmer and passive state. When you add your dog into a meditation session it only gets better. Pick a comfortable place where you feel would benefit you best. Allow your dog to come up to you and decide if he’d like to join in or not. Many people have found that animals are attracted to your calm and peaceful energy. They will sometimes sit right next to you and become still as well. Your dog’s well being along with yours will benefit from daily meditations. This is because you are giving your stress responders a break, which is needed when you feel overcome by stress.
We all love watching our dogs when they are sound asleep. They look so cute and peaceful, it seems to bring us a sense of peace as well. If you love making your dog feel comfortable and relaxed, a paw massage should be on your list of things to do. Make sure your dog is cozy on his bed, the couch, or even the floor. Grab one paw and gently begin to massage the pad, moving between the toes one by one. You’ll slowly start to see your dog relax and maybe even fall asleep. This activity will relax you as well and allow you to spend some time with your dog! If you have a paw balm on hand, even better!
If you are stuck at home and feel like you have nothing to do, a movie night sounds just like what you need. Call your dog over for a good cuddle sesh and enjoy a movie together. We recommend watching a movie with dogs in it to spark your dog's interest. Some dogs will actually watch the tv with you and get engaged with what’s happening on screen. A movie night with your dog is a perfect way to get anything stressful off your mind. Some of our favorite movies to watch with our dogs are:
- A Dog’s Way Home
- Milo & Otis
- Marley & Me
- A Dog’s Journey
- A Dog’s Purpose