While we always strive to provide a safe, happy environment for our pets, it’s not always possible to save them from stressful situations.
There are going to be some events that will cause your pet’s stress, and they’re out of your control. However, there are some steps you can take to try and limit the levels of stress that your pets experience.
Being Home Alone for Long Periods
Most pets are very social animals who enjoy interacting with the world — and particularly, with you, their owners. Being left alone for long periods of time can cause great stress for many pets, as they anxiously wait for your return.
If possible, try to alter your schedule or organize for your pet to periodically go into something like a doggy daycare to ensure that it’s not spending long periods on its own.
Lack of Exercise
Many of our pets have plenty of energy and need to be exercised regularly. In their natural state, these animals would be running around, playing and exploring the world, so it’s essential to keep them as close to that state as possible.
Exercise is a great way for your pet to relieve any stress that’s built up over time. Even if your pet is a bit exercise shy, getting a good routine of healthy exercise can be very beneficial. Afterward, you can help further reduce your pet’s stress with a special treat from CeeBeeDoo.
Moving to a new home can be an extremely anxious period for any pet. Being separated from the life they used to have can cause them a great amount of pressure, but there are a number of things you can do to help them adjust.
Try sticking to a similar routine to the one they had for feeding, sleeping, and exercising before it moved into your home. Then gradually adjust it to your schedule as the pet becomes more comfortable. It may take some time, but your pet will get used to it and come out of its shell.
Many pets love to sit and look out the window and watch what’s going on in “their territory”. When they hear unusual noises coming from these areas, it can make them very anxious though.
Noises such as other animals or fireworks can cause a lot of stress to a pet, so it can be beneficial to close blinds and curtains if you know there’s going to be a lot of noise.
Another thing that can often stress your pets out is inconsistent rules. If you have a dog and you tell it off for trying to sit on the couch, but the next day you encourage it to sit on the couch, then this can be misleading.
You need to be clear and consistent with your rules and stick to them. If not, it can be very confusing for your pet and they won’t know what to expect, causing them a great deal of unnecessary stress.