Honey sure slept well.
You’d think that after napping in the car during the seven hour drive to BlogPaws she’d be bouncing off the walls all night.
Luckily she got a mix of mental and physical exercise to tire her out.
Mental Exercise for Dogs
So what’s tiring out Honey’s brain at BlogPaws?
- Seeing new animals—dogs, cats, and ferrets so far.
- Meeting strangers.
- Having to control her impulses to jump up on the table and clean up everyone’s leftovers.
With the amount of stimulation she’s getting at a conference of hundreds of people, smells, and sensations, Honey could be exhausted for days.
But we need to tire her body out as well.
Physical Exercise for Dogs
Luckily, there is an outside dog park at the hotel. And it was conveniently stocked with a compelling, squeaky ball.
After sniffing and meeting and greeting, Honey was happy to spend a few minutes retrieving the ball. She stretched her legs. And she even stretched her brain a little since I’m a bad enough thrower that once the ball ended up in a tree and once just outside the fence.
I bet today she’ll even meet a few pups willing to play chase in the bark park with her.
Balanced Dog, Balanced People
Honey will be much happier if I balance the mental excitement with physical activity. And I’ll be happier if I remember the same thing for myself.
The worst thing I could do is to try to balance a 90 minute lecture on SEO with 90 minutes chatting with friends while eating cheesecake.
Somehow I don’t think Honey will let me sit still for too long.