Humans tend to underestimate how hectic our days can be, so here are some tips to help you relax when those ruff days happen.

1. Put your feet up.

You’ve had a long day and you deserve to relax. Roll around, stretch out your back, and give your poor paws a rest!

2. Indulge in your favorite snack.

Ideally, your snack will be much healthier than this, I do not recommend indulging in pizza. Consider snacking on a Braided Bully Stick or a Cheese & Bacon Filled Bone (if you had a particularly ruff day) instead.

3. Take a nap.

Sometimes the best solution is often the simplest solution. You’d be surprised at how effective a 20-minute pup nap can be!

4. Ask your human to give you a nice, warm bath.

I know, normally your first instinct is to run when you hear “bath time” but hear me out. There’s something about a warm bubble bath that just instantly relaxes you. Your human washing you ends up becoming more of a massage and it relaxes your tense muscles. Try it out! I’m sure they would love to bathe you.

5. Watch some of your favorite TV.

Find something on TV that makes you happy, even if others look at you a little funny. This is “you time” and that means you’re allowed to do whatever makes you jump for joy (whether you take that literally or not).

6. Take up a new hobby or dive back into an old one.

It can be anything! From skateboarding to chasing the neighborhood squirrels or even just reading alongside with your human when they have their book out, find something that makes you happy.

7. Ask your human for a massage.

This one may or may not work with your human, but it’s worth a shot! If you’re still not thrilled about the idea of a bath, this is a good way to get some of those benefits without any of the water!

8. Try your paw at yoga.

Chances are that you’ve seen your human do this, so there’s no harm in trying it along with them! My human says that it can be very relaxing and great for unwinding after a long day. Simply follow along with them and remember to breathe through each pose. For those who have never tried it before, there are simple poses like “upward facing dog” and “downward facing dog” to get you started!

Click here to see Pawstruck's Dr. Lily Canis provide tips on how dogs can wind down after a "ruff" day!