It is scientifically proven that dogs reduce their owners stress levels and be good for health. When you return from a day of work or settle down in the evening after taking care of kids all day, spending time with your dog is the perfect way to relax.
But one on one time with you is also a great way for your dog to relax. While you have been busy all day, your dog has likely been wondering where you are and when you are coming home. Your dog also has some pent up energy that can keep her wired when you want to relax and make her more anxious.
Spending time with your dog is the best way for both of you to benefit and feel good in each other’s company. A few hours of hanging out on the couch or napping with your dog provides excellent quality time and petting your dog is shown to relieve any stress you might be dealing with. If you want to encourage your dog to relax during petting, you can provide a massage by petting your dog with long, steady strokes from your dog’s neck to the base of the tail.
Other activities that will relax both you and your dog include:
The right combination of physical activity, stimulation, and one on one time with their humans will keep every dog comfortable and calm, and every human more relaxed.