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5 Ways To Exercise With YourDog



dog_exerciseStaying active is equally as important to people as it is to animals.  Dogs can become very lazy creatures if they are not motivated or stimulated during the day.  Depending on the type of dog, you will need to judge just how much activity they will need.  Some larger breeds will require a good walk, even a run daily while others can be fine just making short walks and staying in the home most of the day.

How Much Activity Your DogNeeds:

You will need to factor in a fewthings before making an exercise plan for your dog.  The plan should take into effect their current age andhow healthy they are.  If your dog is over five years old, it may not be as active as a puppy and not even bethe least bothered by not getting out much.  Every dog should have a walk at least once per day around theneighborhood.  Some canines may require a good half an hour of movement at a steady pace.  Dogs that aregreat runners for example, adore running freely and can keep up with their owner for a run that is a few mileslong.

Start An Exercise Plan ForYour Dog:

Decide which activities your dogenjoys the most.  Just as humans only prefer certain forms of exercise, dogs are exactly the same way. If your dog adores running around an open field, then make time for those activities on a regular basis.  Someanimals will prefer just a game of tug of war with their owners.  Others may prefer digging a hole for quitesome time, each dog is different. 

Make A Routine ToFollow:

Similar to people, animals enjoyfollowing a plan as well.   Each day if your dog knows they will be going on a walk when you arrive homefrom work, you may have a happier animal.  It can also help control when they decide to go out for bathroombreaks.  Use your pet's energy during the best time of the day as well.  If your puppy is very active andstir crazy during the evening, then aim to get their activity in at those times.

Get EveryoneInvolved:

If your family consists of a fewchildren and a spouse, then encourage everyone to play a role in keeping the dog healthy.  This means walkingthe dog, taking it out for a run, and getting small games of catch and tug of war in the yard in during theday.  Children generally have as much or even more energy to expend which makes them the best candidates forthe job. 

Last Thoughts On DogExercise:

While walking your pet can be aminimal task it can be a deed that goes a long way.  Dogs can bypass having many health ailments such asobesity and diabetes just by getting some exercise into their day.  Keep this in mind when your furry littlefriend picks up eating your favorite shoes as a form of telling you that they are bored, as in most homes they justdesire a quick walk on a leash.

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