Finding creative ways to stay busy while practicing social distancing is not only essential for you, but your pup as well! A great way to relax and put your mind at ease is by having a dog-friendly self-care day. This is a great way to keep you busy, while creating a healthy bonding experience for you and your dog (who is already so happy to have you home with them).
Self care is all about treating your mind and body to some much-needed relaxation. But how can you and your dog even think to start relaxing when you're cooped up in the house with nothing to do? You have to get out all of that pent-up energy before you can commence chill-mode. A good way to do this is by going for a brisk walk or jog outside with your dog, or playing a nice game out fetch or tug. Some good exercise will get your heart rate going, your blood pumping, and ready to wind down.
Dial down the stress of your surroundings by creating the paw-fect space for your self-care sesh. You can easily transform any room in your home to zen-central in just a couple of easy steps.
Once your space is ready and comfortable, you can begin meditation with your dog to help you both to continue to unwind. Involving your dog in meditation is very easy to do. Simply sit on your yoga mat or blanket and allow your dog to sit or lay with you. Close your eyes, pet your dog, and focus on your breathing. While you're doing this, you can think of things that make you happy, things that you are thankful for, and the positive intentions you have for the day. Also pay attention to your dog's breathing and make sure they are unwinding too. This simple meditation is a great way to to get you and your dog into a comfortable and relaxed mindset.
Bath time! A nice warm bath can help ease the strain on the muscles for you and your dog. For you, a warm lavender bubble bath (or other soothing scent), paired with your favorite body scrub will definitely do the trick. For the more reluctant pups, seeing you enjoying a bath before it's their turn can help ease your dog's mind. When you are all done, rinse out the tub, refill it with fresh warm water, and put some peanut butter on the side of the tub. That way, your dog can enjoy a tasty treat while you give them a good scrub and massage. They will be relaxed in no time! When done, be sure to dry them off with a super fluffy towel and get their ears nice and dry to prevent infection.
Once you're all clean and your muscles are loosened up from the warm soak, a good massage will really take it to the next level! Those long fetch sessions and squirrel patrol can be hard on a pup, so gently working out any kinks they have built up in their shoulders can really help them relieve some tension. For those humans who haven't trained their dogs to give them a back rub yet, you can use a heating pad, manual back scratcher, or back massager to help work out the kinks in your back.
No self-care look is complete without getting your nails done! Trim up both you and your dog's nails to a healthy length, lotion your hands, and paint them a fun color! You can even use dog-safe nail polish to give your dog some extra flair on their nails as well.
Self-care can be exhausting, so treat yo-self to something tasty for you and your pup! Ice cream, chocolate, wine, and (did we mention wine?) for you, and dog beer, pup cakes, and dog ice cream for them. Rewarding each other with something that you both enjoy will help you remember that life inside is still sweet!
We know that being away from friends, family, and our normal daily routines can be ruff, so that is why self-care is more important than ever at this time! Keeping yourself clean, healthy, and in a positive mood is crucial to getting through social-distancing and coming out on top. Also, keep in mind that your dog is very intuitive and picks up on your cues. So if you are stressed, they are stressed. Regular self-care days for you and your furry friend aren't just fun, they are vital! So take advantage of them while you have this extra time to nama-stay inside.