Mornings can be rough. We all have those days where we push snooze one time too many, adding to the stress of an already busy day. A few simple changes can make a difference in how our day begins. One of those changes can include your dog.
Slow Down and Say Good Morning!
Your dog picks up on your anxiety when you're in a hurry. Mornings can be especially trying when he knows they may lead to a long day alone. You can change how your dog feels about his day—and how you feel about yours—by trying these simple ideas:
- Get up earlier and savor the morning. Whether your morning routine means a rush out the door or your days are frequently spent at home, taking the time to greet your dog can make a big difference. Give her some calming hugs and offer some encouraging words. Your stress level will go down, and so will your dog's.
- "How about a walk, Dad?" You know he wants to go, so plan to savor the fresh outdoor air with an early morning stroll. Your outlook will improve dramatically and both you and your dog will benefit from the exercise.
- Take time for breakfast. It's still true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, scramble some eggs, and give your dog a treat so you can enjoy a nice breakfast break together.
Morning is a Great Time for New Tricks
Just like us (well, most of us), morning is the best time to learn something new. Setting aside 15 minutes or so each morning to teach your dog a new skill is a great way to build your relationship while helping to keep your dog's mind sharp.
For the times you can't be there with your dog, Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge offers pet boarding and dog day camp to help your pup get the attention he needs. Contact us today to schedule a visit!