Dog Exercise: How to Keep Your Dog Active and Happy at Home
Exercise for your pet doesn’t have to be boring. Play fetch, even if your dog just runs around and plays without returning the toys back to you. From long evening walks to a daily game of fetch, starting a fitness routine with your pup — combined with feeding them a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
Choosing the Right Activity for Your Dog
Make exercise a daily habit. Consider all aspects of your dog’s activity level, body condition, and exercise capacity. For dogs who have trouble getting up and down the stairs, keep stairs to a minimum. However, exercise is a necessary part of their life. It is important to remember that certain activities are more beneficial than others. Pay attention to the environment. If your dog gets anxious when you walk with a bike alongside, that might not be a good choice for you or your dog. If your dog doesn’t like the sound of car alarms, that could also be a problem. Tailoring Activities to Your Dog’s Activity Level Our dogs aren’t built for running and chasing, so we need to create activities that will work for your dog’s level of exercise.
Prioritize your dog’s health
Your dog’s health should be a top priority for you as the human that cares for them. Even when you have busy schedules, make sure to look after their health. Drinking enough water Small dogs are usually more prone to dehydration than large dogs. You should make sure your dog drinks enough water so that they can stay hydrated. Feed them regular meals — remember to give them high-quality food as well. Feeding your dog when he’s hungry When you give your dog food, make sure it is balanced, nutritious, and not too high in calories. Dogs usually need about the same amount of calories per day as a person. Since they don’t have any upper body muscles, if you feed them too many calories, they will soon become overweight.
Puppies and young dogs are naturally inquisitive, which makes it easy for them to unwind and investigate anything and everything around them. Pet stores have a plethora of toys to keep your dog entertained and active. For example, how about a squeaky plush frog to play with, which can be a great way for dogs to learn how to make their own toys. Some dogs prefer chew toys or tug toys. Play freeze, which is also known as a “shake” (Aussie Speak). The concept behind it is to freeze the dog, by placing them in a standing position and then shaking the toy so they try to hold onto it. This can help keep them active by having them grasp something with their teeth. Doggie zoomies are just as cool as they sound. They’re all the rage, and there are a lot of different ways to work in that activity.
Remember the importance of diet
There are lots of misconceptions about dog foods. Some dogs (often cute tiny Shih Tzu puppies) are fed cheap dog food, which means anything cheap is safe for them. Unfortunately, not all dog foods are made with quality ingredients, and for some dogs, quality is the most important factor when it comes to food. How to select a dog food Dog foods have been selected to meet the dietary requirements of every species of dog, including cats and birds. When choosing your dog food, look for foods that have high amounts of protein, such as turkey and beef, which are digested slowly, help produce healthy blood and enable your dog to keep moving all day. The right food can play a crucial role in a pet’s ability to recover from exercise, prevent obesity, and make sure that your dog is healthy.
Hire a dog walker
Unless you’re the owner of a self-sufficient Labrador retriever or German shepherd, it’s okay to rely on a dog walker for occasional dog walks. This is especially the case if you’re going to be away for a long time. You don’t want to feel totally dependent on a friend to go to the grocery store or pet store for you. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, consider hiring a dog walker, either as a one-time payment or for a subscription fee, depending on how often you’d like someone to walk your pup. If you would like a dog walker, it’s important to check that the person is experienced with large breeds, friendly with dogs of different temperaments, and will return your dog with intact fur.
Invest in doggie daycare
Spend money on a membership to a doggie daycare. This is especially important for large, heavy dogs or puppies who are still getting used to their own weight. These dogs might want to play with the other dogs in a park, but they can easily hurt themselves if they don’t get proper training. Read: How to Find the Best Dog Day Care How often you should exercise your dog Start your dog off slow and work up to longer and more intense exercise sessions as they get more comfortable. It’s hard to start a consistent routine if you don’t have a good idea of how long your dog needs to work out before they’re content. That said, long runs can get boring after a while, so start with a shorter duration exercise like ten minutes.