Get the Exercise that you and your pups need
The human body is biologically fashioned, so also is your pet’s body. As it is known to all, that exercises are aids to a Healthy life. If you are too heavy, your dog isn’t getting enough exercise. Regular exercise like daily walk is a necessary component of a healthy life for you and your pup. The type, frequency and intensity of any exercise must be appropriate for your particular canine companion.
Why does your Pup need exercise?
One can imagine how frustrating it might be if you never moved around or were stuck in some sought of cage for about 12 hours a day or were not allowed to socialize with your friends. Your fur babies need to blow off steam, expend energy and enjoy life and if you don’t provide them with good outlets and activities they will devise their own which may not meet with your approval. Some of the most common issues you may notice if your canine companion isn’t getting enough exercise and mental stimulation are:
- Destructive chewing, digging or scratching.
- Digestive issues and constipation.
- Raiding the garbage can or pulling items off shelves.
- Hyperactivity and excitability, including dashing around your house, crashing into things and night activities.
- Excessively predatory or rough play or, conversely, fearful and timid behavior.
- Attention-seeking behaviors like barking, jumping and whining.
- Reduction in mobility, agility and flexibility – the same sorts of things we experience if we don’t get up and move once in a while.
- And the obvious one, weight gain.
How do I go about the exercise?
Here are some general guidelines to apply to any exercise activities you decide to engage in with your canine companion:
- The exercise should be appropriate for your dog’s size, fitness level and age – just like for us humans. Dragging your Chihuahua along behind you as you cruise along on your bike would just be wrong!
- Engage in activities that will aid mental stimulation of your canine friend as well. Incorporate activities that are fun, challenging and stimulating.
- Take into consideration the weather, temperature of surfaces and uneven terrain when determining when and where to exercise. Specifically, when it’s hot outside, since your pup cools off through his tongue and feet, avoid hot pavement and provide plenty of hydration.
- Try not to engage in strenuous exercise right after a meal. This is particularly important for breeds which are more susceptible to bloat, including Great Danes, Standard poodles, Irish setters, German shepherd dogs and Doberman pinschers.
- While you may love a good jog or run, most dogs, aren’t really meant for sustained running. Certain breeds, including those in the sight hound category (e.g. greyhounds, Irish wolfhounds and whippets) are sprinters, not marathoners.
- If you do go for a jog, watch your pup carefully and stop if he starts to exhibit sign of exhaustion or confusion. Make sure your pup has relieved herself and had a good sniff about before you set off. Also check your dog’s paws for blisters on their pads.
- Small or short-legged dogs usually don’t need as much walking as larger dogs.
- Young puppies don’t yet have the stamina for long walks. Their bones have also not yet completely developed so sustained running may not be a good idea.
- Breeds with short or flat noses have a hard time breathing under normal circumstances so vigorous exercise can exacerbate that condition and be quite dangerous.