Do you need to calm your dog after a workout? My sisters and I work out a lot with Mom. We run and/or walk early mornings, we practice tracking and nose work homework, we walk later in the afternoon, we all love it. Lately we’ve heard pet parents questioning working out with their dogs because the dogs become over stimulated and crazy. We don’t have such a problem and find working out wears us out.
Well Emma, you know when I get up in the morning I’m usually still tired and wonder how I will get through the day with all the things I need to do. I go for a long run or walk with you girls, and suddenly, I become all wound up. My mind is super charged! I have so many ideas of things I want to do after our workout, I barely have time to eat my breakfast, but then I settle in at my desk and slowly relax. I guess I would consider myself over stimulated from a good workout, but my routine brings me back down. Actually, you girls all have after workout routines to bring you down too, you just haven’t noticed it.
I found Mom’s take on this subject quite interesting and she is right. We all have an after workout routine which winds us back down. Below are my 3 tips to calm your dog down after a workout.
1. Give your dog something to do
Bailie has been staying home alone for an hour after a long run with no problems because after the run, she gets a Kong which gives her something to do and helps her relax. When Mom started leaving Bailie home alone after a run to walk Katie and I, things at home were a disaster as Bailie had too much energy, but with the Kong, no more trouble. She finishes it off and takes a nap.
If you are home with your dog, try a chew article such as a hoof, antler, or bully stick. The chewing really does give us focus and calms us down. Be careful to always supervise your dog with these items in case they break or get stuck in their throat.
2. Work off the stimulation
Most of the time after a run or walk, we go right in the yard when we get home. If you are fortunate enough to have a yard this is an option. We run around sniffing for wabbits, playing a bit of chase, and after ten minutes or so we head up the stairs to be let in. Somehow it is much better than just going right in the house and not knowing what to do. We find a spot, lie down, and often fall asleep.
3. Establish a routine and stick with it
Ever since we were tiny, we have had a routine, especially in the morning which is when we do out biggest workouts. We get up, workout, eat, and nap. Napping for a good hour or more after eating is so important to prevent bloat. This routine of ours teaches us we need to workout to earn our food. Even though we may be all wound up, we mellow down while eating and then habit kicks in and we find our favorite napping spots and take a snooze.
I realize no two dogs are the same and some dogs are more wound up than others, but it has worked for all of Mom’s dogs so far and it always works for our friends when they come and stay with us. Maybe these tips can help you calm your dog down after a good workout too! At our house, a tired dog is truly a good dog!
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