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.