If you’ve never exercised with your dog, but are interested in doing so, you might not know where to start. Your multiple walks each day might be exciting, but you’d love to turn that up to hiking or running. How do you get there?
Exercising with your dog can be a great thing, but you shouldn’t rush it. You also need to come prepared — depending on how long the two of you will be out for.
So what do you need to safely exercise with your dog? From all-natural dog treats to water to time and patience, here’s how you and your dog can pick up the pace without overdoing it.
Before You Work Out
First and foremost, there are some things you need to consider before jumping into a hard workout. Ask yourself: How fit is my dog?
Are they exhausted after a short walk? Do they seem winded after running up the stairs? Do they get tuckered out if you play wrestle for more than a minute? If the answer is yes to all of the above, your dog is not ready for vigorous exercise.
Instead, you’ll need to start off slow with them, easing your dog into exercise so not to overwork them.
But even if you have a fit dog, it’s worth consulting your vet before jumping into exercise. It’s a smart thing to do, as your vet can catch any things to look out for, along with offering potential exercises — depending on your dog’s physical condition. Your vet will also be able to confirm what types of exercise your breed of dog can handle.
Beyond that, you’ll need to consider some things on a daily basis. That includes checking the weather, hourly temperature, and considering what types of terrain you’ll aim for. Near 100°F out that day? Stay inside or settle on an easy-going swim. Does your dog seem more tired than usual? Maybe skip the rocky mountainous hike this weekend.
Knowing Your Dog’s Limits
Exercising with your dog can be fun, but you need to know what should be avoided. Exercises like this include:
Taking puppies or senior dogs out jogging or running.Walking too quickly with puppies and senior dogs.Having your dog run on a leash in front of your bike.Playing frisbee for too long, past exhaustion.Swimming without a life vest on.Walking/exercising in the heat of midday.
Besides exercises you need to avoid, there are signs you should look out for — ones that will point towards your dog being at exhaustion. If you see any of the following signs, you need to stop exercising and allow your dog to rest and get water. These
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Published Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 18:00:30 +0000
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