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5 Ways To Relax With Your Dog

5 Ways To Relax With Your Dog

After a grueling day at work, we all just want to come home and relax. Raising a dog comes with great responsibilities, but amazing perks. Having a dog around not only provides a sense of companionship, but lowers stress levels! They're not just good for the soul, they're good for our hearts as well! By simply being in our lives, dogs can positively affect the quality of our days. 

Below are some simple ways to spend quality time, relax, and rejuvenate alongside your favorite family member: 

 

TAKE A WALK


Participating in exercise with your dog is the best bonding experience. While you reconnect with your pup, you can simultaneously enjoy nature! Incorporating physical activity releases endorphins which reduces stress levels. Explore the outdoors, such as a neighborhood or local park, to increase your dog's mood after being inside all day. 

 

DINNER OUT


Mix it up once in a while and go out for dinner with your dog! Without dirtying the kitchen, you can give your undivided attention to your dog. Make sure to read reviews before choosing a dog-friendly restaurant to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable throughout the evening though. 

PHYSICAL CONTACT


Dogs love massages as much as humans do! Release built up tension by giving your dog a massage, you might get some lovin' in return. After a busy day of play, sometimes all they need is a good rub. Use continuous strokes starting at the neck to their tails while keeping the other hand on your pet. This will even help relax you while you're giving the massage. 

PLAY CLASSICAL MUSIC


Dogs respond well to soothing music when they are turning down for the night. Turn on some classical music when you're preparing dinner or starting your night routine. The calming sounds of classical music can help your dog and you enjoy personal space in a peaceful manner. 

GO FOR A DRIVE


Clear both of your minds by getting out of the house for a few minutes on a drive. This little outing gives your dog just enough stimulation to start relaxing. It's similar to parents who drive around the block to get their kids to sleep!