We all look forward to an exciting holiday season, but the stresses and multitude of tasks can be overwhelming. Decorations, parties, food and shopping can hijack our daily routines and create upheaval for everyone in the family, especially our four-legged friends.
Doggies have no idea that the celebration is temporary. For them, that comfortable and dependable lifestyle they were used to has been turned upside down. In many homes, there’s a tree growing out of the floor that’s filled with all kinds of shiny objects and very bright lights. There are lots more people coming and going; some not wanting to have anything to do with “animals” and some (usually the younger ones) who want to play non-stop. The house smells from heavenly treats that are tempting albeit dangerous to pets. And then there are those holiday photos with the required goofy outfits and hats… what’s that all about?
Your Dog’s Daily Routine
It may not be practical to rid our lives from all of the stress and let’s face it, the hustle and bustle of the holidays is part of the fun. The key is balance and maintaining the important parts of your daily routine.
Walks, hikes, and outdoor play is a great way way to lessen the tension and reconnect with your best friend. It’s good for doggie and it’s good for you.
“If you’re a dog lover, spending time with your pet can be a powerful antidote to stress. Research has shown that being around a dog can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and dampen other physiological stress responses. The effect is so strong that service dogs are sometimes used to help war veterans manage PTSD. Know what else is a proven stress reliever? Physical activity. When you combine these two things in dog walking, you’ve got a double-strength stress remedy.” — Psychology Today
So take a deep breath — of fresh air — and allow yourself to relax every so often.
Whether you choose a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood or a brisk hike on country backroads, you and doggie will reap the benefits.
(Please note: we can’t promise that your pup will ever look really happy in those holiday photos.)