Exercising with your dog

Galicia, Border Collie, Walk, Dog

Exercise is essential to keep your dog in tiptop shape. Dogs are also keen on regular and it is hard to avoid the disappointing look when a walk is not forthcoming. Thus, set a routine and consider that a half hour walk twice a day is sufficient to exercise your pooch, but this will vary depending on the type of dog you have.

If your dog isn’t fit, start the new program slowly and work up your dog’s fitness level gradually. The loyal dog won’t ever say no which means it is up to you to monitor the level of exercise your dog is appropriate for. For obese dogs, older dogs and dogs, the fitness program should be structured to suit their needs. Always consult your veterinarian for advice. A puppy is still developing, so too much vigorous exercise can damage joints and bones. Older dogs will require exercise, so tender walks during the cooler parts of the day are perfect.

Be prepared!

Invest in a little carry bag that can be slung over your shoulder or one that clips on your belt.

A popular exercise routine for many pet owners is to walk their dog on a leash to their local leash-free dog park or beach, or you might have to drive to the place. Some councils are currently outfitting parks with dog agility classes that’s great way to work out together and exercise training. Contact your local council for a list of leash-free parks locally.

Jogging

Most dogs are not suited to jogging, but if you’ve got a Kelpie or Border Collie, a fantastic run is 1 way to give them the amount of exercise they need. Fitness should be fun, however, and dogs like to stop and start, sniff the territory and mark their odor. By nature they are not inclined to run consistently so run in bursts and then walk.

Dog’s paws are susceptible and remember that you’re the one wearing shoes. Check the bitumen with your hand and if it is too hot do not exercise your dog along pathways.

Fun Fitness

Dogs like routine, but walking around the block can become tedious. If you’re really keen to get fit with your dog you might want to consider two fun dog sports: agility and flyball. Agility is a sequence of obstacles such as hurdles, tunnels and weave poles that the dog learns to negotiate without errors against the clock. The dog that completes the obstacles correctly within the time set will attain a’Clear Round’. The winner is the fastest of those dogs.

Flyball is a sport where any dog can participate regardless of strain, size or shape. It encompasses chasing, jumping, catching and retrieving – all of the things that dogs love to do. Flyball is a relay race between two competing teams. Each team has four dogs. One from each group (racing side by side) must go more than four hurdles, trigger a flyball box pedal, catch (retrieve) a chunk and then return over all four hurdles to the star/finish line where the next dog eagerly awaits.

Heat exhaustion

Avoid exercising your dog on hot or humid days. Dogs cool themselves by panting and if panting doesn’t lower the body temperature that the dog will develop heatstroke. If you believe that your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion it must be cooled promptly. Damp down it with tepid water (never ice) and fan the animal. Contact your nearest veterinarian but don’t transport the animal in a hot car. Only place it in a vehicle that has air conditioning or is airy and cool. Keep the animal moist with cool atmosphere playing over its body during the car trip. Don’t allow the animal to gulp large amounts of water.


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