Pet With Purpose Instead of zoning out watching SNL and absentmindedly patting your pup, focus on your dog while you pet him. Like people, your dog can tell when he has your attention. Feel free to spill about your day, even. Your BFF—best furry friend—will appreciate the extra effort and it will have a cathartic effect for both of you.Got 3 Minutes?
Hide and Sniff Hide your dog’s favourite treat somewhere fairly easy to sniff out, then guide her along with the appropriate level of hints and praise: good girl, you’re very close! The positive vibes and subsequent reward will put the pep back in her paws.Got 10 Minutes?
Mutt-ssage Connect with your dog by giving her a relaxing massage. Start with slow strokes from head to tail, then target specific areas by scratching behind the ears, cheeks, under the chin, bridge of the nose, and between the eyes. Gently rub in a circular motion with three fingers, going down the neck and around the shoulders; then keep the motion going from the buttocks down the thighs. Give gentle squeezes down each leg. Finish by walking your thumb and forefinger down each side of the spine to the base of the tail and come full circle with several slow full-body strokes. By giving a regular, thorough massage, you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with your dog’s normal lumps and bumps and will notice any changes that may warrant a check up. You’ll also be able to tell if there are sore or tender spots that need attention. Remember to keep it light and gentle, though; leave the deep-tissue work to the professionals! For more tips on dog massage, click here