10. Not following a routine
Dogs are animals that like habits. Maintaining a daily routine helps them feel happier, safer, and can even help them endure any future changes. On the other hand, animals that do not have an established routine tend to get stressed, depressed, and show anxiety in their daily behavior.
It’s always better to create a routine when the dog is still a puppy. Establish schedules for sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom, walking, and playing. This is important for you and your pet to reinforce your relationship. As long as you respect your dog’s schedule, you can introduce new activities without the fear of anything affecting their stability.
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Bonus: If you’re stressed, your dog gets stressed too.
Research has also found that dogs reflect the mood of their owners. So if you’re stressed, chances are your furry friend is too. To determine this, scientists measured the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in both the owners and the animals that took part in the study. They basically found that the results were synchronized in both instances: people with high cortisol levels had dogs with equally high levels and people with low cortisol had dogs with low cortisol levels too.
These findings highlight just how strong the bond between people and their pets is. It also helps to raise awareness on how to better take care of our dogs’ health. We have to start by really caring about our own well-being. So, if you notice that your pet behaves out of place, you might want to ask yourself how you feel and look for ways to relax. Then the 2 of you will be able to continue enjoying your friendship to the fullest.
What other things do we normally do that could potentially stress our dogs out? What things help your little friend feel better? Of course, don’t forget that if you have any doubts or questions about your dog’s health, it’s better to go to the vet, just to be sure.