The last thing you want is to come home at the end of a busy day to discover that Fido has shredded the lounge. Mental enrichment is an essential part of ensuring your pup or kitty doesn’t stress eat the furniture in your absence. Provide your pet with a variety of challenging and interesting toys and treats to keep anxiety destruction at bay. “Most activities do not have to be expensive,” says Dr Cat, “but be mindful that some do require supervision.” She recommends food balls and puzzles, snuffle mats, agility training, or even hiding treats in a taped up cardboard box or folded up pet blanket.
Reward a thing well done
Encourage your pet to embrace a more relaxed approach to life by rewarding calm behavior. On the flip side, Dr Cat recommends that people ignore attention-seeking, destructive behaviours. By rewarding your pet for chilling out, you’ll create a positive association with staying calm, which helps decrease anxiety.