Fitness regime: 5 tips for exercises for dogs
Is your dog restless or troublesome? Did you know: Your dog needs to burn whatever energy they have. And what better than having a fitness regime with your furry friends and making it a fun routine.
Some breeds of dog may need more exercise than others. You need to know what is good for your pet before taking your pet outside and giving them a good fitness training.
How to do safe and fun exercise with your dog
Understand your dog’s fitness level
What better way to know which physical activity you and your pet can engage in than to determine whether or not they can handle the physical demands? Speak to a veterinarian, before starting any fitness program. A young and developing dog, for example, may need a different kind of exercise than long-distance workouts.
Make sure your dog stays to one side at all times
Before you start any exercise regimen, you must train your dog to stay on one side the entire time, preferably, next to you. This way, they won’t dart in front of you, causing you to trip, or start moving in a different direction, getting lost in the process. If your dog pulls on the leash, you and your pet could end up with injuries. Proper training of your dog is very essential. It is also recommended that you use a hands-free leash instead of tying it to your wrist.
Take it one step at a time
Running, soccer, treadmill, fitness balls, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling, rollerblading, and cross-country skiing are just a few of the activities you can share with your pet. But you might want to start slow, and work your way up to a more intensive and extensive exercise routine. It is important to build up your pet’s stamina, before taking it to a more difficult and challenging level. Remember to always warm up and start slow.
Follow all safety precautions
Make sure to take into account environmental factors before you work out with your pet. Wet pavement after a downpour could result in slips and fall. Summertime means working out early in the morning or evening, or whenever the temperature is cooler. Uneven and rocky terrain could be cause for injuries.
Stay hydrated at all times
Working out when the weather is warm, or when you plan to go on a long hike or run, can take a toll on water and energy levels. So make sure to bring water, energy bars and treats for you and your dog to keep both your energy levels up.
Are you ready for that physically demanding challenge?
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