Exercise Your Way to being a Responsible Dog Owner
by JC Cadena
Today the most exercise a pet gets is daily exercise to becoming a couch potato. Even smaller breeds do not get enough exercise inside the house. Today’s mobile devices are distracting. I am guilty of putting my pet’s need for exercise at the bottom of my to do list. Here is a little friendly reminder on why and how to exercise your way back to being a responsible dog owner.
Lack of exercise can result in destructive behavior, depression, obesity and health problems such as diabetes, respiratory disease and heart disease. It can also aggravate orthopedic issues such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Obesity can put stress on joints, ligaments and tendons.
A 30 to 60 minute brisk leashed walk may allow your pet sufficient exercise to keep them happy. Keep in mind the amount of exercise will depend on your dog’s age, breed and health. In general, if your dog has slowed down by the end of your walk, the exercise was sufficient. If you’re not sure how much exercise your pet needs, contact your vet for independent advice. A tired dog is a happy dog.
In order to exercise your dog safely, it is also important to know and follow local ordinances.
If your dog plays well with others, the dog park is a great place to socialize and play. Doggie daycare can provide supervised exercise for both mind and body.
To enjoy the outdoors safely, provide your dog with the proper on/off leash obedience training.
Providing preventive health care is crucial to enjoying the quality time you spend with your pet. Stay on top of vaccinations and parasite control. Remember to keep ID tags and your pet’s registration up-to-date.
Our pets depend on us. Being a responsible pet owner will ensure that you and your loved companion enjoy healthy, happy and long lives together.