Exercising can alleviate boredom and therefore help with behaviour problems. It can be used as a training aid and also help to socialize your pet when you take him to areas that other dogs and people frequent. Please remember that your pet should always be on a leash when in a public area!
The great thing about exercising with your pet is that you can do it together and strengthen your bond while having a great time! All this while you are benefiting from becoming fit and healthy.
A daily walk with your dog is a good way to start and if you have an older dog will help reduce his weight and also strengthen his heart and joints, but, remember to start with a short walk and increase the distance over time. It is a good idea to visit your Veterinarian for a health check before you start any new exercising routines as he will be able to advise you as to what is suitable for your pet. Older dogs may need to avoid some exercises and pups should not jump as it may put strain on their joints.
Most dogs will enjoy a good game of " fetch" or " tug of war" and some may even be enticed to join you in a game of soccer but please use items that has been designed with dogs in mind such as a "cong" which will keep him guessing as it will bounce differently every time, a rope or other dog tug toy or dog balls that will not be broken easy.
The possibilities is endless; wether you are going for a sedate walk or a brisk jog or trying your hand at Frisbee or Flyball! If you decide you would rather be involved in a group then contact your nearest dog club or agility group and find out what they suggest or have available for you to participate in.
Swimming ( in summertime ) is a great way to exercise pets with joint problems but do make sure you have a safe place for him to swim and make sure you are there with him, he might even enjoy a game of fetch in the water!
Make sure that you know when your pet should take a break and rest and if you are going for long walks or hikes it is a good idea to take along water for the both of you!
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