Plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, nutritious food, plenty of water and your love and attention are the key ingredients for a happy dog. For those suffering from anxiety, restlessness, nervousness or over-excitement (whether it’s a personality trait or because of a difficult upbringing or event in their past, or even recent changes to their routine or surroundings), a calming supplement is the final ingredient for your dog’s optimum mental and physical wellbeing.
If your dog exhibits any of the following behaviours, make sure they’re getting plenty of mood-boosting exercise and consider a calming supplement too.
- Stress - people who exercise regularly tend to show an increased resilience to the stresses of everyday life and a similar effect is thought to occur with our dogs. From a social perspective, we know that the more people a dog has come into contact with in the outside world, the more able they are to cope with new people (visitors and tradespeople, for example) coming into the house.
- Sadness or boredom - for many dogs, exercise brings an instant mood boost; they’re outdoors in the fresh air, they are being stimulated by new sights, sounds and sensations and, of course, spending time with you.
- Restlessness (at night or during the day) – exercise also helps to tire them out mentally and physically as well as giving their day a purpose and a structure.
- Destructive behaviour – chewing, hyperactivity, unruliness, overly rough play and attention-seeking behaviour can all be improved with plenty of exercise to help relieve excess energy and a naturally calming supplement.
- Feelings of powerlessness or inactivity – older dogs may suffer from increased anxiety due to declining senses (which make them feel less able to defend themselves and therefore feel less safe), so exercise is an important means of activating their muscles to help them feel stronger, as well as actually giving them a boost in energy.