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How Daily Exercise, Routine, and Structure Will Ease Dog Anxiety

For the most part, our canine companions are happy, energetic, and loving creatures who just want to be around the people they love most. However, like humans, dog anxiety is a real issue that does not discriminate based on breed, age, or size.

Fortunately, there are several steps pet owners can take to mitigate anxiety and reduce your dog’s risk of experiencing anxious feelings in different settings.

How Consistency Can Reduce Anxiety in Dogs

Think about it — we feel better, more productive, organized, and ready to tackle the day when we establish a healthy routine in our lives. Dogs are no different in this regard. Let’s break down what a dog’s routine needs to help ease any anxiety.


Regular exercise helps to burn off excess energy, which can often morph into feelings of anxiety. Consistent walks (at least once a day) will reduce your dog’s stress levels and provide mental and physical stimulation, allowing them to relax more easily. Dogs need a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day. 

A Daily Routine

Creating a routine for your dog helps them know what to expect each day and provides them with a sense of stability and security. This allows your dog to understand what is expected of him and his behavior, which creates an environment where he feels safe and loved.


Alongside his daily routine is the importance of structure, which allows you to bond with your dog on a different level. As the leader of the pack, creating structure encourages the dog-human bond and teaches your dog to listen to you and follow your lead. In doing so, he will get the socialization and sense of belonging that all dogs need to thrive.

Easing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Many dogs with anxiety experience separation anxiety in particular, which can be crippling for them and stressful for their owners. Dogs with separation anxiety often display destructive behaviors when their owners leave the home. They may howl or bark as you’re showing signs of leaving or may follow you around closely at all times.

Again, the best way to ease separation anxiety is through regular exercise, a consistent routine, and reducing any stress leading up to your departure. Try to give your dog vigorous exercise right before you leave so they can physically relax while you’re gone.

Support Your Dog’s Mental & Physical Health

Once you understand how anxiety can affect your dog, the path forward is clear. Creating consistency through a daily routine, exercise, and structure ensures your dog feels safe, loved, and part of the family.

Looking for more support in navigating your canine’s mental health and wellness? Schedule a virtual vet visit and get all your questions answered!