Spring Into Action
Most of us are glad to hibernate indoors during winter – a good book, a hot chocolate and a few cakes to keep us cosy and comfortable and, of course, our dog right there by our side! We sometimes consider a new dog exercise regime that we might start when the weather improves.
Start Your Dog Exercise Routine
Then along comes spring. We have to face the great outdoors again, shedding those extra winter layers and kilos! Many pet owners decide to get out and about more, walking or perhaps taking up a new activity with our four-legged friends.
Why Not Start A New Hobby
Many people enjoy taking up a new hobby at this time of year. Why not think about hobbies that will benefit both you and your dog. Some suggestions for a dog exercise routine include:
- Training classes – either formal obedience lessons for the perfectly behaved pooch or simple training exercises at home.
- Teaching your dog a new trick: to shake paws or to give you a ‘high five’. By rewarding him with a treat, a pat or a word of praise each time he lists a paw, he will soon learn to shake paws for the reward.
- Visit a pet expo. It can be fun to go and see what new things are available for your dog.
- If you have a well-behaved and sociable dog you might like to join a hospital visiting program. You and your dog, after being assessed as a suitable visiting team, can visit hospitals and nursing homes, giving people (who might otherwise not have contact with a pet) a chance to meet and greet your dog.
- Even if you are not a particularly active person, you can still exercise your energetic dog. Seat yourself outdoors in a lounger in the beautiful spring sunshine and throw your dog’s favourite toy for her to retrieve.
Some Tips For Your New Dog Exercise Regime
- Just as we are advised to see our doctors before beginning a new exercise regime, it is often a good idea to get your dog checked over by your vet before any new activity, especially if he is older or suffers from any ailments such as arthritis.
- If you are beginning a serious new exercise regime then take it slowly. Walk before you begin jogging. Dogs, like us, can end up with sore muscles from a new dog exercise routine.
- Remember when you apply your sunscreen, your dog’s nose and ears may benefit from a generous application of sunscreen too.
- Keep your dog hydrated during your dog exercise routine by offering him plenty of water to drink both before and after exercise.
If you can’t get out to exercise your dog you can always engage the services of a dog walker at www.pawbuddies.com.au where all dog walkers are interviewed before being accepted.
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