Could You Be Over Exercising Your Best Friend?

One simple way of enriching the lives of our furry best friends, is to give them plenty of exercise and access to the great outdoors. Not only does this stimulate their senses and helps to keep them entertained and stimulated, it can also help to keep them at a healthy weight. However, while some dogs require a lot of exercise and have bags of energy, others may not need quite so much physical exertion. Here’s a little advice and guidance about exercising your best friend:

How to tell your animals exercise requirements:

The needs of your dog are generally based upon several factors, such as how old a dog may be, what breed they are, size and general health condition. In general terms, a dog should be walked for a minimum of 30 minutes a day and for up to 2 hours for other activities, such as playing fetch or swimming. Dogs such as Labrador Retrievers, Collies and Hounds are from the working and hunting categories of dog, so will usually require a lot more exercise than some other breeds.

Based upon your availability of time, energetic dogs such as these can be exercised frequently provided they don’t over heat or display any other health concerns.

For breeds such as the Pug or Bulldog, they often get breathless very quickly and will benefit from short periods of exercise, and in hot weather, any outdoor activity should be limited.

Older dogs may need less exercise, as may those with a health condition, but some form of light exercise is usually recommended, provided it is under close supervision from a responsible
person.

For more detailed advice about your own pets’ exercise requirements, please consult with a qualified veterinarian.

Tips for developing a healthy exercise program for your pet:

It’s important to get a clear picture of your dogs’ health before you begin any new exercise regime, so a trip to the veterinarian is highly recommended. The vet will check your pet over and advise you on how best to exercise them based upon their findings, and you can then go on to fit the exercise times in around your own schedule.

One other point to remember, is that just as when humans are planning to undergo exercise, you should help your pet warm-up beforehand and cool down afterwards. A short walk should suffice to warm up their muscles, and then a gentle walk after exercise should be enough to help them cool down.

As important as daily exercise is for your dogs’ physical wellbeing, they need to be stimulated mentally as well, and one way of combing them both is to take your dog to new exercise areas or introduce new toys and games to your daily exercise routine.

If you don’t have the time to give your best friend the exercise they need, you could always use the services of a professional dog walking company, who will ensure that your pet gets the required amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation that they need in order to live a happy, healthy life.

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