Helping Your Dog Manage Stress

Stress can have a very important effect on the health and well-being of dogs. Chronic exposure to stressors can have a negative effect on their immune system that can increase their risks to developing health issues or aggravate pre-existing illnesses. Just like humans, dogs have different ways to dealing with stress which is largely influenced by having distinct personalities and experiences. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to provide an environment that is free from stressors, as much as possible. The best way to help your dog manage stress is to create a safe and comfortable environment where your pet can derive adequate physical and mental stimulation. Experts are also recommending food enrichment considering that dogs are highly motivated by food. However, this does not mean that you over-feed your dog because this can lead to obesity problems. One positive way to utilize food enrichment is to create activities using  your pet’s favorite treats, hiding them in various spots around the house and letting your dog find them. Activities such as these can help keep your dog busy. 

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