Nowadays, more and more people in Korea are interested in how to raise dogs well and so do I. Quite recently, I suddenly realized that I didn’t have much knowledge of dogs even though I have had dog for 5 years. Therefore, I will introduce major symptoms when dogs are stressed and how to relieve it.
There are three major symptoms when dogs are stressed. Firstly, their hairs around their snout and forepaw will become reddish if they are stressed. Because the saliva of stressed dogs is oxidized by the contact with the air and its color changes to red. Secondly, dogs get dark circles as human if they get stressed. Thirdly, they may suddenly urinate in the wrong place if they got stressed.
Then, how to deal with their stress? Firstly, the most important thing is walking dogs. Take a walk in the place where your dog usually likes. And it is also good idea to find a new place and stroll with a dog. In addition, let the dogs think. To give a new trick to them or give toys which make them exercise their brain are good ways to relieve their stress. Lastly, dogs see the world through their nose. Sense of smell is important to the them and dogs that use their sense of smell got less stress and have high self-esteem.
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Meanwhile, I think anyone who has a dog might have common concern. In fact, it is best to stroll with a dog every day and have him smell such as clean grass and soil. However, sometimes it is difficult to walk a dog especially rainy days. Therefore, I will introduce Snuffle Mat which is a kind of toy to have dogs do nose work at home.
Actually you can buy them on the market, but nowadays some people make them by themselves too. I also made snuffle mat with dishcloths and a bath mat for my dog when I was in Korea. I cut dishcloths into long strips and tie them to the bath mat. It was quite simple because it just took about 2 hours. After I made it, whenever I give snacks to my dog, I always hide snacks in it and make him sniff and find them.
There are several effects of Snuffle Mat. Firstly, it is not pleasure only for the dogs, but it can create strong bond between the dogs and their owners. In addition, it also helps relieve stress. The smelling behavior requires a lot of breathing and increases the blood flow So if the dogs are relieved of stress through these activities, they will maintain emotional stability as usual. As a result, they can flexibly deal with the stress caused by being in a new situation. Moreover, it is really useful especially for old dogs which cannot easily go out.
As I was doing my media project, I introduced it to my roommate Miyu who has a dog. She hadn’t heard of it before and she told me she would make it for her dog later. Therefore, I feel rewarded with it and I want many people to know it.