Exercising Your Dog

Whether you have a tiny dog or a giant breed dog, you need to make sure that he or she is getting exercise. In young dogs, exercise helps them to grow strong. It also helps them to vent some of their excess energy. In older dogs, exercising keeps their hearts and cardiovascular systems healthy. It also helps keep their muscles and bones healthy. Here are a few ways to help them exercise.

Exercise Options

You should look at Birmingham pet shops to determine what kind of pet supplies are right for you.

  • If you want to exercise your dog without having to do too much moving yourself, you should consider a tennis ball and tennis ball thrower. These will help you throw the tennis ball for your dog to fetch and bring back to you.
  • If you want to exercise with your dog, you should consider a softweave leash or a leash that connects to a chest strap.
  • Connecting to the chest will allow the dog to move with its chest and not put undue strain on its neck.

Running with Your Dog

If you choose to run with your dog, you should take a few precautions. Make sure that the pavement is not too hot during the summer. Put your bare hand against the sidewalk and pavement; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for a dog. Make sure that you bring extra water with you as dogs cannot dispense heat effectively without hydrating thoroughly. Remember that your dog needs extra water when he or she gets home too.


 

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