Dog Exercise Checklist

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Exercising with your Dog Checklist

Keeping your dog fit through exercise helps them lead happier, healthier lives. Here are a few tips to get you started:
  • Energetic dogs do best with a fun, high-energy activity like fetching a ball or a flying disc.
  • Leisurely walks may be best for an older dog.
  • Go slow. For dogs who haven’t exercised regularly, start out slow and work your way up with the intensity of their activities.
  • Start easy. Begin walking or running your dog on soft surfaces such as dirt, sand or grass until his pads toughen.
  • Easy boy. Avoid exercising your dog immediately before or after he’s eaten.
  • Watch the weather—hot or cold. The summer sun can cause dehydration, or worse heat stroke. Be sure your dog has easy access to water all day, every day!
  • Keep an eye out. Dogs can pick up foxtail, seeds dirt and ticks so be sure to check their eyes, coat, and feet.
  • Mind your manners! Train your dog to walk at your side to help control them from jumping on children, other dogs or adults.
  • Be safe. Talk to your veterinarian before starting any new exercise program.