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Many people enjoy different hobbies, from crafting to baking, but you may not realize just how beneficial they can be for your mental health. Hobbies can help you beat stress and anxiety by structuring your free time, allowing you to feel as though you’ve actually added hours to the day. They can also help you stay social and meet new people.
When you have a pet, you might find it harder to commit as much time to your favorite hobbies as you’d like. Animals need lots of love and attention, and often they don’t like sharing it with anything else. One great way to avoid this is to merge the two. Think of some things you can do with your pet that satisfy your creative needs while you’re spending time with him.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Dogs love the great outdoors, so take him out and let him enjoy an activity with you, such as gardening, jogging, or hiking. Just make sure you take precautions for his safety and give him something to do if you’re in the yard so he won’t disrupt your gardening; for instance, give him a place to dig if he enjoys it, just make sure it’s well away from your flowerbeds.
When you’re doing something like jogging or hiking, make sure to bring water for your pet and allow him to rest when you do. Stay off blacktopped surfaces in the summer, as these can be harmful to the sensitive pads on dogs’ feet, and keep him close if you’re in an area where wild animals are likely to come around.
If you like to paint or are interested in photography, get your dog involved by taking his picture or painting his portrait. Take him to the park and let him play in the leaves while you snap some pictures, or let him snooze by the fireplace while you paint.
If you enjoy crafting, look for ways you can do what you love with your dog by your side. Buy plain white food and water bowls and paint a whimsical design on them, or crochet a sweater for him. Sew a dog bed, or make one from upcycled materials such as an old suitcase. There are tons of things you can make with your dog in mind; think outside the box and get crafty!
Most dogs love the water, so head to the nearest lake or dog-friendly beach and hit the water! Swimming is great exercise for both of you and it’s a wonderful opportunity to bond with your pet. Just make sure that wherever you go, your dog will be safe. Check the weather reports to make sure the water won’t be too cold or rough.
If you enjoy sleeping under the stars, consider taking your dog with you. Many pets love being outside, and you’ll be thankful for one another’s company after the sun sets. Just be sure to take the right precautions for your dog and bring along any supplies he’ll need to stay comfortable, plus extra food and water.
Getting your pet more involved in your hobbies is a great way to get closer and show him how much you love him. Dogs are very sensitive to your feelings, so when you’re happy and relaxed, he will be, too.
Article written by: Maria Cannon @ http://hobbyjr.org