Exercise Tips for Dogs

Picture 134Is your dog just the right weight or is he overweight?

The reason I ask is because I’ve seen a lot of dogs that have gained a lot of weight over the winter months. During the winter dogs and dog owners are less active (or maybe eat more).

Young dogs and healthy adults alike need lots of exercise, and even senior dog need a regular daily workout to maintain their health.

Here are 5 tips to help you exercise your dog and make sure that he reaches and maintains his ideal weight.

1. Be aware of temperature and humidity. Spring weather can be unpredictable, it can be warm one day and cold the next. Be certain your dog has plenty of water available at all times, and provide a place to cool down out of the sun.

2. Start very slow. Spring is a time when dogs that aren’t acclimated to the heat can actually develop heat stroke. The most common time dog’s get this condition is in the early spring when they aren’t used to it.

3. Almost all dogs, especially older dogs, those with heart and lung problems, and those with thick hair coats, are likely to have trouble with hot and humid conditions. As it gets warmer, it’s better to exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.

4. Keep it simple and fun. Dogs love to play frisbee in the park or take long walks at the beach/park. Doing something (even if it is small) is better than allowing your dog to be sedentary.

5. Track your dog’s weight and maintain a record.