Spring Into Action With Your Dog
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!
- 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 them with a treat, a pat or a word of praise each time they lift a paw, they will soon learn to shake paws for the reward.
- Visit a pet show. Even if your pet is not show quality, and remember there are shows nowadays for non-pedigree pets, it can be fun to go and watch other pet owners taking part.
- 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 pet.
- 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 pet’s favourite toy for them to retrieve.
- Just as we are advised to see our doctors before beginning a new exercise regime, it is often a good idea to get your pet checked over by your vet before any new activity, especially if your pet 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.
- Remember when you apply your sunscreen, your pet’s nose and ears may benefit from a generous application of sunscreen too.
- Keep your pet hydrated by offering it plenty of water to drink both before and after exercise.