The Importance of Quiet Time
'We love all peace and quiet. A sense of silence and tranquility can have lasting effects on both our minds and our bodies.'
With many of us battling the stress of work, families and much more, mindfulness techniques have been at the forefront of medical research over the past few years. As more focus is placed on improving our mental health, keeping both ourselves and our pets fit and healthy has never been more important.
Playing significant roles in our everyday lives, our dogs are massive support systems to our mental health. Being the smiley and waggy-tailed greeting when we walk through our doors after a hard day at work, they really do give us the boost our brains need to keep us staying pawsitive.
For our pets, that wind down time is just as important to them as it is for us, as it gives both their brains and bodies a time to rejuvenate and keep strong for the days ahead.
Hosting a bunch of benefits, here’s why it is important to allow our dogs time to relax and how it can benefit both ourselves and them to live a longer and happier life...
Their Lives Have Changed
As the world is still experiencing one of the largest pandemics in history, more and more people are spending time at home working remotely rather than travelling to their office or place of work. For some dogs, this is the first time in their lives their humans have been around them 24/7.
From the moment they wake to the time they hit the hay, they are under constant stimulation. Being at home with our dogs 24/7, despite the complete love and adoration from both parties, can have a detrimental effect on their health and emotional wellbeing. Our four-legged friends have a constant need to please and provide affection, whenever we smile, laugh, hug and kiss our pets or even raise our voices in a pleasing manner, our dogs quickly realise they have done something we like. They continue this pleasing behaviour which we reward with recognition and treats.
Recognising that we are at home, now more than ever, our dogs wish to behave in such a way that pleases us 24/7. However, as cute and adorable as this behaviour is, that constant need to please and be rewarded can be both mentally and physically draining for our pets. With some pets now probably displaying behaviour they haven’t before, allowing them alone time is something we all must do to keep our pets in the best mental health they can be.
Signs Your Dog Needs Space
With many of us now at home, our dog’s routine has changed significantly. Used to leaving us at the door and planning their naps and downtime between visits, our furry friends' time for relaxation has gone out the window now some of us are at home more than ever. Have you noticed your dog behaving oddly since your work has gone remote? Well here’s some tell-tale signs your dog might need a private place to catch some z's and have some much-needed alone time:
- They disappear for a period of time. You notice yourself looking for your dog and find them relaxing in another part of the house or walking around in quieter spaces.
- They could have developed excessive behaviours like panting or licking showing their distress at over-stimulation.
- They may start scratching at doors and windows to highlight their need for fresh air and alone time without you. Try opening doors to let your pooch roam freely.
- They become less interested in walks or exercise. They may retreat or become agitated when putting on their harness, collar or leash. Dogs are great communicators, they will always have indicators when they wish to go to the bathroom, walk or even play games in the house.
- Your dog is self-entertaining. If you find your canine companion often grabbing toys or balls and playing by themselves - let this action occur. Sometimes our dogs need to self stimulate to relax and enjoy their current situation.
Our dogs are massive parts of our lives and vice versa. Our dogs communicate with us in more ways than one and it is imperative to spot these tools in our four-legged friend. If your pet doesn’t want your attention, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you, it means they just need some time to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Our dogs love to spend time with us, but like us, they are not always in the mood to play fetch, go on an adventure and have a cuddle.