By Charlene Little, Contributing Writer
Dogs need exercise to be happy and healthy. Each dog has their own specific needs when it comes to this topic and no two can be compared. Exercise for dogs is the same for you. If you don't get up and moving enough everyday, you will have trouble sleeping and be antsy and full of energy. Your dog use energy as an outlet in many different behaviors. Chewing and tearing up your house is the most common. Here is how to tell if you are giving your dog enough exercise.
If your dog is running thorough the house and puling things over, he is hyper and needs more exercise. After a while of exercising your dog, you will be able to tell how much your dog needs on average. Everyday you need to gauge whether or not your dog needs more or less exercise.
A well exercised dog is calm and collected. They are able to sit still for short periods of time. Do not expect your dog to be an addition to your carpet, they are going to be up and moving around constantly throughout the day.
Ways you can exercise your dog.:
~~ Jogging is a great way for high energy dogs to get their exercise. if you have been planning on loosing a few pounds, this can be a great opportunity. The exercise partner that you have been looking for to start your resolution, has been your fur-baby all along.
~~ Frisbee is a great way to help your dog get out some extra energy. This is especially true for dogs that like to jump and run.
~~ Fetch is an amazing way to help your high energy dog get the ants out of their pants.
Always be aware of any physical condition that your dog has. If they have any physical or internal concerns, do not exercise your dog. Exercising a dog with heart problems is a big no no unless you have spoken to their vet first. Review any medication that your pet is on before starting exercise.
Understanding your dog's limitations is very important as well. Do not over exercise your dog. Keeping your dog hydrated during exercise and on hot days is very important. Do not leave your dog tied outside if you stop somewhere on your jog. It does not take long for a dog to become overtaken by heat on a summer day.
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About the Author
Charlene Little is the mother of three wonderful boys and a volunteer foster mom for her local animal shelter. She enjoys working with various breeds of dogs and cats in learning social behavior, training, and how to be the successful member of a fur-ever family. She enjoys studying animals' behavior and finding solutions to behavior problems that the everyday person can handle. She covers topics from various forms of aggression and small problem behaviors. Every problem behavior has a solution, and the solution is never to give up on your pet! Love, kindness, and small adjustments could be just what you need.
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