There is nothing like some good exercise for your dog. We need fitness and a good diet to stay healthy and to keep in shape. Why would a dog be any different? If you are naturally the fitness buff, then bringing your pet pooch along for the fun shouldn’t be a problem at all. This is of course, unless your pet pooch has a health or obesity problem to begin with. If its food that’s a problem try our article here on Dog Nutrition. Exercise is great for all walks of life, your dog included.
Put an end to your dog’s laziness for good.
Be careful about how often you exercise your dog. Your pet pooch is going to become addicted to exercising and you could end up with that regular begging look anytime you go near your runners. Once dogs get the hang of running, they really do love the activity. It keeps them fit, gets them outside, they get to see the world, smell the sights and so much more.
- It is always recommended to keep your dog on the leash at all times when in public. Even if you think your dog is well behaved, there is always that chance that something could go wrong and you don’t want to have to deal with that issue.
- Take the time to teach your dog to stop and sit on the kerbside before crossing the road. This could save their life later on and saves your arm being yanked out of its socket when you need to stop for traffic.
- Also keep in mind the duration of time your dog can exercise for. You don’t want to run the animal into the ground. Start out with a lap around the block and get used to that distance before pushing further. In many cases some dogs become marathon runners with persistence and training time.
- Last but not least, it is a good idea to have water handy not only for yourself, but also for your dog. The animal is going to sweat, become hot, and will need to have a drink and cool down just like you will
Exercise your dog with Rollerblading
If your dog is getting in your way when you are rollerblading, running, or on a bike, whatever it is that you do follow some of these simple steps to accustom your dog to your exercise.
- Starting out walking make sure you dog is paying attention to you by changing directions often. They should divide their attention equally by watching you and by watching the world around them. Having you change direction will make sure their focused. Use a small treat to reward their focus. Talk to them letting them know the sound of your voice can mean changes in direction.
- In extreme cases you may need to change the harness or lead to get the right results from your dog. When you exercise your dog you should be in command of the situation not him.
- Upgrade to a run / jog speed so when you exercise your dog quicker they know that they don’t have time to stop and smell everything. Never increase your speed of your exercising until you know your dog is safely out of your way from the previous couple of steps. Not doing so could lead to some bad accidents and we don’t want to go there.
Now, with your pet wanting to exercise just like you do, you will have a companion to keep you motivated to go further and get healthier together.
***Photo thanks to Tobyotter***