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Sunny days, happy dog, happy day!

With warm weather approaching, getting outside becomes key for humans and animals alike. Getting your dog moving is key, helping him enjoy the benefits of exercise and the feeling of the warm summer sun.

Monday, April 1, 2013, 11:34 AM

Boredom beater

First and foremost, dogs must burn their extra energy in a healthy way or they will become destructive. When your dog is bored you can bet he or she will do whatever they must to occupy themselves. Since they can’t walk themselves, it is your duty as the owner to ensure they stay as active as they need to. If that means waking up an hour earlier to get a walk in, the loss of sleep will surely be better than the loss of personal property courtesy of your loving dog. Exercise is also a way for dogs to sharpen their senses and stay mentally alert. Animals, dogs were born to exercise, whether they weigh two pounds or 200. Being active has a satisfying, calming effect on a pup and can assist in keeping them trouble free.

Healthy habits

Your pet’s overall health and wellbeing pretty much depend on whether or not you’re able to provide them with enough meaningful opportunities to burn their energy. From a walk through the park or a jog down the avenue exercise can come in many forms, but it still holds true that a tired dog is a happy dog and you are likely aware that your dog’s happiness is directly tied to yours. Happiness starts with feeling great and you and your dog both feel great after you’ve exercised. In addition to the way you both will feel though, come the physical benefits that last a lifetime. Increasing your dog’s healthy years can be achieved by providing enough physical activity.

As dogs age, so do their joints and keeping their muscles strong can help prolong your pup’s ability to move around comfortably. The more they move the less body weight they carry and the freer they’ll be in motion.

Big or small: Exercise for all

Whether your dog weighs two pounds or 200 pounds, he or she must move around. Every size dog depends on exercise for mental stimulation and energy burning. Many times people are fooled into believing that because of their dog’s size, they don’t require as much action. Small breeds require exercise for the same reasons larger breeds do; the difference may be in amount or intensity. Knowing your dog’s exercise tolerance level is a sure first step in offering the appropriate amount of physical activity. If you know your dog has a tendency to tire quickly or conversely, appears to be powered by a battery pack, tailor your furry friend’s fitness regime to match their behavior. If you can find their token activity or favorite pastime, your job of keeping them going will be easier. Try to be aware of your dog’s reaction to the particular activities he or she partakes in. Monitor whether or not their size is helping or hindering their efforts and accommodate for either the lack, or surplus of stature.

Dogs are quite possibly the most entertaining and enjoyable creature to observe and the privilege of sharing your life with one is not without responsibility. Now as the weather warms up the opportunities to partake in outdoor activity multiply making your life much easier. Making healthy lifestyle choices is not limited to human kind; our canine companions are also subject to physical requirements. The difference is they can’t usually make their own lifestyle choices and are dependent on you to fill that role. As the mild temperatures set in make it a point to get outdoors and get active, for you and your furry family member’s fitness.



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