Certain additives or ingredients can make your pet sick, and cause health issues in the long run. The healthier your pets diet, the happier your pet is. Good food, water and exercise keeps your pet, happy calm and lovable because this increases their confidence (your furry friends love strutting their stuff too) and that confidence keeps your pet happy and stress free. If you're curious which food is right for your pet (being that there are an infinite list of options both good and bad) contact your local vet, or pet care agency and they can give you a list of foods tailored to you and your pets well being.
7. Your Home is your Castle: It's important that you dedicate a particular spot, room or bed to your pet. A place for your pet and your pet alone. This will provide a safety for your pet, during unique or seemingly stressful situations. So long as they have a secure spot that they can call their own, that should help reduce stressful situations, such as new guests, loud noises during holidays such as the well loved Fourth of July. This also makes your pet feel as though it is a part of the family. Much like your child, or a friend staying for a long while, to have a place to call their own, provides a sense of security and stability. And with that stability your pet feels a bit happier.
8. Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Some stressful situations are unavoidable for you and your pet. For example, when you bring a new friend over that your pet as not yet met, let alone a group of friends, it's important that you and your guests work together to reduce the amount of stress this puts onto your animal. Therefore, for dogs in particular, it's suggested that you introduce your furry friend to each friend one at a time, and allow them to adjust to that person over a period of time.
After this has been done, and your pet seems to be a bit more comfortable, feel free to allow all of your guests to interact with your pet so long as the stress, and anxiety of your pet remains low, to none at all. This will prevent any aggressive behavior that might occur if your dog is not used to large parties of people. Feel free, to have each of your guests give him or her a treat when introducing themselves to one another properly.
9. Time for a Checkup: Every pet, in order to stay fit, healthy and happy requires the regular trip to the vet. These times, particularly when your pet is not used to such trips, can be exceptionally stressful. If you are able, it's best to make the trip as enjoyable as possible for your companion, through the use of toys, engaging activities and lots of social interaction.
Don't make it seem like a trip to the vet, make it seem as though it's your standard every day outing, and that you're always there by their side to keep them safe, loved and protected. Before you consider leaving your pet alone with your local vet, make sure that your pet is happy and comfortable, as many find new people, and places to be stressful. This may not remove the stress entirely, but being there for them, and ensuring that everything is well, will help them understand that there's nothing to fear from this regular visitation.
10. Pack your Bags Road Trip: We all love a change of pace in our lives, and that usually requires a good old fashioned vacation. Yes, summertime heat, the ocean, forests and even the occasional bon fire is a blast for you and your adventurous pet. But there are times when you cannot take your lovable little friend with you, but duty calls. As much as your pet loves the good old R&R so do you, therefore, to decrease your pets anxiety at the loss of such a devoted companion (you) it's best that you leave your pet in the care of someone you and your pet trusts. It's always best to plan your trip in advance, and to find a care provider for your pet, in advance as well.
This gives you the time for your pet and the hired care service to build a positive connection while you, the trusted companion and best friend are there to reassure your pet that the person in question is another play mate chalk full with as many treats and engaging activities as you are. Therefore, once a positive connection is built, your pets stress and confusion will be almost, if not entirely gone.
You can enjoy your trip without the constant worry of your loveable friend being fed, watered and loved. Not only does your pet get to build a connection with his or her future carer, but you do as well. It's a friendship that both sides all agree on. If your pet is a bit hesitant, and has not bonded as well as you had hoped with the care provider in question, feel free to try a few out to see which one you and your pet enjoy most.
I hope that you have found each of these tips to be informative and useful for you and your fantastic companion. If you have any additional tips, questions or advice, feel free to submit your commentary within the comments portion below this post. Thank you all for reading, and I wish you and your pet a stress free adventure.
Keith and Mag.