Are you having a tough time figuring out how much exercise your pet needs? That’s understandable. Pet owners who want to receive more guidance regarding that topic can turn to a veterinarian for assistance.
Hopefully, you know a veterinarian who has seen your dog a few times already. He/she will be able to make a good recommendation based on that history.
Still, if you notice that your dog is not reacting well to their new exercise regimen, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian again. A previously unknown health issue may be causing those struggles so get your pet checked out.
How Can You Tell if Your Dog Is Getting Enough Exercise?
Observe your dog whenever you’re done exercising for the day. Look at how he/she reacts. Your dog will be tired after exercising, but he/she shouldn’t be struggling to move around.
Restlessness is also something to watch for. Dogs who are restless after exercising likely still have energy to burn. Consider upping their exercise time the next time you go out.
What Exercises Are Best for Dogs?
You don’t need to craft an elaborate workout plan for your dog. Walking around the neighborhood is a good and reliable form of exercise already. Playing fetch and going on hikes with your dog are also recommended outdoor activities.
If you have a swimming pool, you can make use of that for exercising. Have your pet join you in the pool and go for a few laps if possible. Swimming is also good for older dogs who have joint problems because they can move without putting pressure on their limbs. According to AKC, a “life jacket can help your dog stay in the water longer for an optimum cardio workout”.
Additional Tips for Exercising Dogs
Take the weather into consideration when deciding whether or not to take your dog for a walk. The heat outside could have a big impact on your pet and cause him/her to tire out faster. Cut the outdoor workout short if needed or just exercise indoors.
You should also avoid making big changes to your dog’s diet even if you’re asking him/her to take on a new exercise program. Giving your dog more food just because he/she is now exercising is not always good for his/her health. Ask the vet first before making any changes to your pet’s diet.
Lastly, make it a habit to check on your dog after every walk. Take the time to look at their paws and legs and see if they may have gotten injured.
A small wound sustained while walking outside could turn into a nasty infection quickly. Protect against that by always checking on your pet.
Your beloved pet needs regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. Allow us at TAILored Pet Services to help ensure that your dog gets the right amount of exercise daily. Call/text us at 425-923-7791 or browse our website to learn more about our services.