Many things that stress us out can also get to our perceptive pets so it’s always important to do your best to keep your environment, your attitude and yourself calm for the sake of your dog. Our cute companions live for our love so try and avoid things that will get your dog wound up and stressed out. While there are many things you can avoid there is also plenty you can do for your dog that will ensure they aren’t bouncing off the walls when you get home from work.
Give them room to run
Exercise is of the utmost importance to any dog and allows them to release energy while keeping them happy, healthy and strong. But how much is enough and what can you do to keep your dog feeling cool and calm throughout your walk?
Research your dog’s breed- this is the best way for you to know how much exercise and walks your dog will need per week. The general rule is the bigger the dog the more walks it will require to stay fit but make sure you have a good idea what your dog needs and plan a journey. Regular exercise is also very important compared to one long walk a week as it retains muscle memory and will help your dog relax when in the house.
Choose big open spaces for run-arounds such as parks and fields as it will allow your dog to stretch their legs and might be a bit more fun than walking up and down the same street repetitively. Choose one of your dog’s favourite toys and give them a fun game to let off some steam. If you’re struggling for places in your area for bigger walks and looking for somewhere with a little more room there are many affordable properties available for shared ownership in London, Kent and the surrounding areas that are close to wide open spaces and leafy parks to suit young families and pet lovers alike. For stress-free dog-friendly new abodes further afield, check out the national shared ownership portal: Property Booking.
Big changes? Don’t forget your pouch!
Significant changes like moving to a new house can be a stressful time for you and your dog. While you have all the packing and preparing it can be worrying whether your dog will settle in to a new home and how they will cope. However, there are a few key tips to keep in mind to help your dog feel happy and at home in your new location.
The best thing you can do for yourself and your dog during a move is plan. Know when you are making journeys and how much space you will have in your vehicle for your dog. Ensure they have plenty of water and space to move around and having a way of seeing out the window can also often be helpful.
While all dogs are different some may settle right in when less confident dogs may need a little more time, but this is natural. Just like humans we take time to adjust to new surroundings so make sure your dog has a space with all its familiar toys and blankets to make it feel safe and secure in a new place. If you’re thinking of relocating and finding a new home for you and your pet propertybooking.co.uk is a great place to start. With many first-time buyers’ schemes to get you on the property ladder without the hefty deposits and stressful mortgages, you and your caring companion can be settled in no time.
A little separation can be a good thing
Dog gates can keep your dog from rooms that may make them anxious. For example, if your Westie goes mad at the front window or your basset hound isn’t a fan of the bathroom shower then you can keep them a safe distance with a dog gate. In addition to this if you have young children and you don’t want to leave them around the dog simply separate them with a gate to give you peace of mind. While it means your dog can still see and hear you rather than them being alone in a room, your playful pup won’t get over excited or anxious. It is the perfect solution if you have a troublesome pouch and guests are coming over, or you’re redecorating and need a little space.
Overall your dog needs a calm head as much as we do so give a little love back and keep in mind their wellbeing whether you have a big move coming up, you’re doing up the house or just on the daily. Dogs can’t always tell us they are anxious, but we can do a few simple things to ease them into changes whether they be big or small.