Activities For Fatigued Dogs

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Introduction

Don’t we all have those days where we just cannot get out of bed, when we just can’t be bothered to do anything, when our muscles just won’t move and we feel fatigued and drained? Just like us humans do, so do our beloved dogs. Sometimes, your doggo will just not be their usual chipper self, they will mope around and be tired, and not interested in going out for a long walk. In those cases and on those days, you’ll have to be your dog’s rock and get them to move and get over the fatigued phase like the best friend you are. 

Massage

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
dog
human
coconut oil (optional)
Activity description

You know when you feel fatigued and burned out and all you need is a good massage? You either get someone to massage you or go to the spa and get the professional pampering treatment you deserve. Well, your doggo can benefit from a soothing massage as well! Be a good sport and give your pupper a pamper session they will definitely be thankful for. Learning the ropes of dog massage will make your dog love you even more (if that is even possible) and including some soothing coconut oil in the process will keep their skin moisturized and elastic even when they are not feeling their best. 

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Gather your resources
First of all, you will need some essentials. Essential 1: dog. Essential 2: human hands. Optionally, you can get some coconut oil. (Check with your veterinarian to see if they agree that coconut oil will benefit your pup.) Got everything? Good. Now it’s time to learn how to massage your doggo! There are many resources online that can help you with this, just make sure you are starting with the easiest massage technique and build your knowledge from that.
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Massage
Now all that’s left to do is massage your pup! To relieve the tension in your pup’s muscles, start by petting them and increase the pressure slowly over the muscles. Get a steady rhythm and pumping motions to get the blood flowing and all the fluids to move. Do not use sudden moves and don’t press to hard over the bones. Include some coconut oil for added benefits to the skin.
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Soothing Spa

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
bathtub
dog
flameless candles
dog shampoo
dog spa-scrub (optional)
treats
Activity description

Every doggo needs some TLC sometimes. But, instead of taking them to a dog groomer, why not make it a fun day and give your pup a full on doggy spa day? When your doggo is fatigued and not feeling like themselves, taking a day to take care of them and replenish their energy will definitely help make your bond even stronger and it will benefit the both of you. Your dog – because they will get a relaxing day of tender loving care, and you – because you will get to do something nice for your pupper and show them exactly how much you love them.

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Get the essentials
To start off, you will need a bathtub for this. Fill it up with warm water (warm, not hot), get some flameless candles to set the relaxing mood, fetch your doggy shampoo and, optionally, one of those fancy doggy spa scrubs. Otherwise, you can use a simple oat bath to achieve the same result, but if you are too lazy to make that, don’t worry, most pet shops will have some pampering goodies you can buy for not a lot of money.
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Get your spa client
Next, it is time to get your doggo into the tub. Usually, dogs are not too crazy about taking a bath, but in this case it can help them a lot. Use treats if necessary to get your pupper to get into a tub and we guarantee that they will start loving it as soon as they get in.
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Pamper them!
Start your pamper sesh! Get in the tub with your doggo, gently massage their muscles, pour water over their coat, and get them clean and relaxed. You can use a doggo shampoo, oatmeal, and various oils to soften their coat, and use slow circular motions to massage their muscles. After this treat, your pup should be as good as new!
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Fun Meal

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 min
Items needed
food
toys
Activity description

When humans are fatigued and sad, what’s the thing that usually gets our energy back and makes us happy again? The same can be said for our faithful four-legged companions. Only this time, instead of just preparing a bunch of food and presenting it to your doggo, why not make food time into fun time? You can include your dog in the preparation, make the whole game more interesting by using toys, and make them get up and play with their food. Luckily, it is pretty easy to make food time interesting through the employment of creativity and various toys and trinkets.

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Get it all
Obviously, you will need food to start with. Get some healthy ingredients and keep the fatty stuff out of your kitchen, there will be plenty of time for an occasional treat. Get some toys and get creative here. Squishy toys, squeaky toys, Kongs, and anything else you can think of can be used.
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Make it fun!
Time to party! Mix up some treats in a pile of toys and have your doggo look for them. Get some peanut butter and smear it on a new toy to make your doggo accept it better. Include your doggo in the preparation of their food by letting them choose the ingredients, and have a full on fancy dinner together. Even the most tired of dogs will enjoy doing this!
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Vary it
If you want the mealtime fun to last all the way through to dessert, insert peanut butter and a few tasty homemade treats in the Kong and put it in the freezer for several hours. This will give your pup a nice long-lasting treat to work on.
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Veggie hunt

Include some healthy energizing vegetables in your dog’s diet by smearing some peanut butter on them and stashing them around the house. Your dog will take their time to look for the yummy veggies.

Short walk

For a tired doggo, taking a long walk is not an option. However, taking them for a short walk to get some fresh air and pee can help them feel better.

Conclusion

There are many causes of fatigue in dogs, but if your veterinarian has assessed that your dog is not sick, try to make them feel better by doing one of these activities. Most of the time, your pup will just be too tired from a lot of high energy activities, so taking the time to replenish their strength is crucial. Give them some time to get back to their usual selves and we are sure that your pupper will love and care for you even more when you give them some much-needed downtime.