Man’s best workout buddy.
Just how humans needs exercise, it’s important for your furry-legged friend to get their physical on as well. So why not get out together and work out? There is no doubt that your pooch has a ton of energy to spend the great outdoors with you, so get out there together and have fun! For those of you that might not know where to start, here are seven awesome tips to get started.
Before leashing up your furry friend, you might want to consider their breed, health, and personality. Older dogs and dogs with shorter legs might have a harder time keeping up because of joint problems. Same with younger pups. Developing joints and bones of young puppies can be harmful to their health. Also, brachycephalic dogs or flat-faced dogs have harder time breathing when they work too hard. When in doubt, check in with your vet to inquire about your dog’s health and safety.
If you live in a city where extreme heat is common, you might want to reconsider having them tag along. Heated roads and sidewalks can take a toll on their paws and can even burn them. Same with wet and cold areas. Consider snow boats for their little feet and be sure you have them on leash in foggy, hazy weather when drivers’ vision is minimal.
Especially if your dog isn’t a running dog, you might want to start of slow and moderate. Just how humans take it easy when they get into the groove of working out, it’s the exact same with dogs. Remember to always warm up with slow jogging and stretching before taking longer strides.
Taking water breaks along with poop breaks are important. Keep an eye on your dog while running so see if water is needed and don’t forget to clean up after them. This is especially essential in hot or sunny weather. Bring along a container of water or a collapsible bowl for your pup. In addition, if you’re planning on giving treats, try not to give it to them early in your workout.
Trails are great for running with your pooch. Dirt trails especially are easier on your dog’s paws and joints, plus they’ll appreciate taking in natural sights, smells, and sounds. Be sure to check if the trail requires a leash or not, but be aware of your dog’s personality and how well they take commands.
Always keep an eye out of your dog whether if their breathing or a small injury. Be sure to check their paws for cuts and be more careful on trails with rocks, dangerous plants, and uneven terrain.
This one’s the most important! Exercising together should be enjoyable and important for both your health and happiness. Once you’ve mastered on and off leash with your dog, keep it up!
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