4 Calming Activities for Dogs and Cats

As part of International Dog’s Month, many owners will be spending quality time with their furry friends, which can be one of the best ways to de-stress after a long day.

As a pet owner, it is important to understand that dogs and cats can also experience stress just like humans. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors, such as changes in routine, loud noises, or separation anxiety. You can recognise the signs of stress in your pet, which can include:

  • Excessive barking or meowing
  • Hiding or avoiding interaction
  • Aggression or destructive behaviour
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Excessive grooming or scratching

At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we have highlighted four calming activities you can do with your dog or cat to help you both relax and unwind. We hope you find this list helpful! 

1. Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a fantastic way to relax and bond with your pet. It can help reduce anxiety, increase circulation, and improve joint flexibility. Start by gently stroking your pet’s fur and gradually apply more pressure as they relax. You can also try using a massage tool or a soft-bristled brush to help stimulate their muscles.

2. Yoga

Yoga is a great way to connect with your pet and help both of you relax. You can try doing simple poses like downward dog or cat-cow with your pet by your side. Not only will it help you both stretch and relax, but it will also help strengthen your bond with your furry friend.

3.  Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool for relaxation. Essential oils like lavender and chamomile can help calm your pet and reduce anxiety. You can try diffusing these oils in your home or adding a few drops to a warm bath for your pet to enjoy.

4. Nature Walks

Taking a leisurely dog walk with your canine companion can be a great way to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. You can try exploring a new secure dog park or trail with your furry friend and take in the sights and sounds of nature together.


Did you find this article helpful? Spending time with your pet can be a great way to de-stress and improve your overall well-being. Whether it is through massage therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, or nature walks, there are plenty of calming activities you can do to celebrate International Dog’s Month, with your furry friend to help you relax and unwind.

If you are interested in using our secure fifteen acre dog park, please contact us today on 01462 742658. We look forward to seeing you and your dog!