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5 tips to Care for Yourself and Your Dog

If you are like me, you feel like you are always running somewhere. Work during the day, running my business nights and weekends, walking and feeding my dog but also trying to find time to spend quality time with him.

Here are a few tips to recharge yourself while you spend some time with your dog.

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Grab a good Book & snuggle with your Bestie

What better way to bond with your pet than to have a nice snuggle fest.

Turn on the Music & Dance

Pick some music both you and your dog love! Then dance! Dance is a great way to de-stress. Dancing can release endorphins that will help you destress and improve your mood. I notice that when I get active around the house, whether it’s dancing or exercise, Declan will get excited and start jumping around himself. Once he gets moving and excited he will get the zoomies, helping him to get some extra activity while helping him de-stress as well. Make sure you don’t pick music which agitates (ie heavy metal) versus soothing your pet.

Take a walk

Take a little adventure and explore someplace new. Daily walking is good for their physical and mental health. Exploring the same route over and over again though can become boring for your pet. Taking your dog to new places can stimulate him and help destress you both.

Massages for you and your dog

While I feel massages would be great for both of you- I might do this one separately. I did read an article of pets and humans having couples massages together, though. Dog massage can increase blood flow, increase flexibility and relax your dog just as it can relax you. I often will give my own dog a massage at times. He seems to have a love-hate relationship with it. He will give a little low growl when I start, but if I pull my hand away, he snuggles in closer to it to get the massage.

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Meet the handsome Kane who is around 2 years old and has the cutest eyebrow!
Kane loves to play with other dogs, is crate trained, and eager to please. He is a happy go lucky guy, energetic who loves everyone he meets and just wants to be by your side.

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Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Elaine

    The good book/snuggle option is my favorite! LOL. Any excuse to cuddle my dogs.

  2. Nicole

    OMG you just reminded me that I haven’t had a massage since pre covid! I need to fix that.

    1. N Kieffer

      You and me both. It is time to fix that.

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