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Lifestyle changes you need to plan for

Your dog can better cope with the symptoms of stress by strengthening his physical health.

  • Set aside relaxation time and ensure deep sleep. Dog’s sleep (deep sleep) for 12 to 14 hours a day. That sleep can be broken into segments, but REM sleep should occur at least ½ that time. While not always convenient, if your dog is sleeping, let him sleep. Another 2 to 4 hours will be spent on grooming, chewing bones, and/or watching the world move. Even herding breeds and wolves take time for these activities and sleep way more than humans seem to need.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Try and feed your dog as close to a natural diet as possible, keeping in mind that for 10’s of thousands of years, dogs have been scavengers in our dump sites and domesticated to eat what we eat. Dogs eat much more carbohydrates then their cousins the wolves. Kibble, despite the claims that the manufacturers make, is more akin to our junk food than actual nourishing food. Raw meat, even if cooked, bones (uncooked), vegetables (especially those that grow wild), roots and even grass. Grains are ok, but when a dog eats grass naturally, they do not eat the head which is what our flours are made from, they eat the stalk.