How To Get My Dog To Relax

The best thing in the world is when you come home and your dog bolts around the corner to greet you. Their happy face, wagging tail, and excitement is just the kind of joy you need after a long day at work. Sometimes, though, you just want to sit and cuddle with them instead of playing the night away. Unfortunately, though, dogs need to release that energy. So, here are a few activities you can do that are both relaxing and will help your dog get out all of their excited energy. 

How to Get Your Dog to Relax

Dogs, especially excited ones, aren’t great at sitting still. They don’t know and can’t execute breathing techniques or meditation to calm down like you can. Dogs need to let out the energy or to have quiet places in the house where they know they have to calm down. Here’s what we recommend. 

Go for a Drive

We all know that car rides soothe babies and they excite most dogs. However, it’s usually not the act of a car ride that excites them, but the idea of an adventure. If you need to get them engaged without wearing yourself out too, a drive is the perfect way to help them get out their zoomies and calm down. 

Load them up into the backseat and take a trip around the neighborhood with the window down. They’ll love the experience and will come home a lot calmer than when they left. It may take a couple trips around the block, though. End the drive too quickly and they may not want to leave the car! 

We don’t recommend going for a drive if you have a longer commute home, though. You should enjoy quality time with your dog; it should never feel like a chore. If a drive isn’t for you, don’t worry. We have a couple of other tips as well. 

Take a Walk

A walk is a great way for both you and your dog to get active without expending too much of your energy. Your dog will be engaged with all of the new sights, sounds, and smells, while you just have to focus on putting all six of your feet (four from your pup!) one in front of the other. 

Walking is also a great way to keep both of you fit and healthy. For dog’s, walks are both physical and mental stimulation. They are active and they are actively processing their surroundings. A dog’s brain needs this kind of stimulation! It helps keep them sharp, aware, and helps stave off depression. 

On top of all that, walking with your dog is a great bonding experience. They learn to rely on you to keep them safe, and you get to enjoy their company and silly antics as they take in the world around them. 

A Designated Quiet Place

All dogs benefit from having a designated place that they can call their own. For some dogs, this is their crate or their dog bed. This not only helps your dog feel safe, it gives them a place to retreat too when they want to be by themselves or to calm down. 

If you feel like your dog is too energized, have them go to their quiet place for a few minutes. Remember though, this is not a punishment! This is you telling them that they need to calm down and give you a little space right now. Do not yell at them or reprimand them for being excited to see you – all they need is a gentle reminder that sometimes, you need your space too. 

After 5-10 minutes, go spend time with your dog. They should be a lot calmer than before, but just as happy to see you. 

Spend Some Quality Time Together

Quality time is more than just cuddling on the couch. Put on some music, grab your dog’s favorite toy, and spin around the room together. They’ll run in circles to tire themselves out and you’ll enjoy seeing their contagious excitement. 

If you want something more low-key, turn on your favorite show, grab your favorite food, some of their favorite treats, and hunker down together on the couch. Be sure to give them plenty of pets though, or else they may get bored and leave! 

Regardless of what you choose to do, make sure your dog knows you love them! Excitement, especially when they are excited to see you after you get home, shouldn’t be punished (unless, of course, it’s destructive). It’s just your dog showing you that they love you and are happy to see you. Reward that love with spending time with them and wind down your day together. Your dog will thank you for it!