By Selina Maycock published
A YouTube channel, Relax My Dog/ Relax My Cat, is dedicated to helping millions of anxious pets through lockdown.
Whether your pet is struggling to relax, is feeling stressed or anxious or is not coping well with the lockdown measures and change of routine, this channel has already helped 20 million pets and their owners restore some normality in their lives.
Aside from showering your furry friend with gifts for pets, with more than eight years of research, the creators behind Relax My Dog have been able to offer something different when it comes to pet entertainment.
They have their own talented composer who has made original and in-house created tracks, videos and Dog TV - and it's so popular, its 20 million subscribers have been watching 1,200 hours of content every month.
A spokesperson for Relax My Dog said, "This year has needed nothing more than things to help us and our pets relax. During the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown anxiety, Relax My Dog has helped dogs and owners worldwide stay happy, relaxed and even entertained."
Being at home more than usual might be the best thing to happen to both dog and owner, or it could be something that’s been a struggle. In these times, the YouTube channel has proven to be valuable; its relaxation tracks have been detrimental for some owners in keeping their pooches stress-free and happy.
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But it’s not just anxiety, nervousness and new environments that have needed to be tackled, they added, "Boredom and loneliness is something both people and pets have had to deal with during lockdown. This is where Relax My Dog has saved the day again; their many episodes of engaging and exciting Dog TV have kept dogs across the globe entertained and amused in the comfort of their own homes."
This year, shelters and breeders across the world have experienced a “Puppy Boom” - a surge in adoption of puppies and dogs that hasn’t been experienced before.
And the channel is a perfect support to new dog owners too. From visits to the vets, bringing them home, fear from fireworks and separation anxiety, you only need to glance at the comments sections of their videos to know how its helped a variety of dog owner dilemmas.
And if you have a stressed or anxious cat, fear not for there is a channel dedicated to help your feline friend too.
Pet depression and what to look out for:
- Disinterest: like humans, they may show little interest in things they previously enjoyed
- Low energy: they may mope around and not enjoy games
- Excessive licking of their paws
- Excessive sleeping (whatever is more than normal for them)
- Less interaction with other dogs/ cats
- A change in eating habits
- Flattening of the ears
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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