Exercise is vital to live a long and healthy life and when it comes to your cuddly canine it is no different. Exercising your dog is a fantastic way for you to spend quality time together and reinforce the bond between you. As a responsible owner, it’s up to you to control your dog’s weight and help him maintain a healthy lifestyle while in return, also helping you to do the same. Remember, a lack of exercise can result in your dog developing a list of ailments such as poor muscle and bone growth, breathing difficulties and obesity. Keeping your pet in dog kennels all day can cause them considerable distress and boredom.
Exercise and different dog breeds
However, before you put on your running shoes and shout the magic word “walkies”, it’s really important that you research the breed of dog you own. The breed of dog should determine the amount of time you’re willing to spend exercising him. Generally, larger breeds of dog such as Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and Boxers, need much more exercise than smaller breeds, like Yorkshire Terriers, or lap dogs. A larger breed of dog can need a long walk twice a day in comparison to a smaller lap dog that is more than happy to just go for a walk around the block or potter around the house.
On the other hand (or paw) when in doubt always give your pet as much exercise as they need, but never overdo it. Try and also look closely for signs of fatigue such as heavy panting, gasping, lameness and disorientation and avoid exercising your dog on hot days as your companion can easily become dehydrated, so always provide them with fresh water!
What kind of exercise?
Good question. There are many activities you can do with your dog while exercising at the same time. However, keeping your dog fit and healthy through active exercise should never be a chore for either of you. To begin with, you can start by either walking, running or jogging with your dog and see how much better you feel. Exercising your dog doesn’t have to be just conventional methods and can take many other forms. Many dog owners choose to play fetch with a stick, toy or ball when they visit the park. This is not only a great way for the two of you to burn calories and develop muscle growth but a great way to have fun too!
Remember, the key to exercise is discipline and dogs thrive on obedience and structure, so training is vital to your dog’s quality of life. Dogs also love routine and learn quickly when structure is established, so taking time out of your busy schedule at a certain time just once a day will help you get back in to a routine and give your dog the best chance to live a long and healthy life.
Overall, exercising your dog is vital for their long term health and happiness and a great way to bond with them. At JustDogKennels we care passionately about dogs and supply an extensive range of luxury dog beds and dog crates from some of the finest and respected brands on the market. Whether your canine is a Great Dane or a miniature Chihuahua, we have the perfect bed and gift waiting for them.
Joseph Lewis from http://www.justcages.co.uk/
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My background is from a copywriting perspective and I have created copy for Ford, Cancer Research and The Dogs Trust and also worked on the huge catalogue of pet products that we distribute from our website. I have great experience working in the pet industry. I am also an animal lover and have been rescuing abused dogs and cats since I was a child, so I care passionately about the creatures I write about.