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5 Signs & Symptoms of Over Exercising in Dogs

Exercise keeps your dog fit. It helps your dog with various mental and physical benefits. It helps maintain muscle mass, which prevents injury, decreases obesity and maintains cardiovascular health.

According to Dr. Robin Downing, Director of the famous hospital, “The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management” in Colorado – One of the reasons dogs and humans get along so well is that we both value the structure in our respective worlds. Regular exercise provides day-to-day predictability that dogs truly cherish, simply because it is their nature.

He also adds that sudden overdose of exercise, because the dog has recently gained weight, can sometimes lead to joint, back and respiratory injuries.

If you are looking at building a consistent exercise regimen, it is best to consult a vet. They will be able to analyze the health conditions of your dog and advise you on the best exercises your furry friend can follow.

Overdose of exercise can lead to some of the major issues listed below:

Wear-and-Tear on Paw Pads

This is very common among pups. Sometimes the dogs give more importance to play. For them, the playtime is more important than painful feet. So, they will choose to run even if their paw pads are affected. Here, the feet are already damaged and yet getting exposed to more exercise.

Pad injuries are very painful. It causes ruptured blisters on the foot. The best way to identify this issue is to constantly check your dog’s paws for wear and tear. If your dog has an overworked paw, then there will be visible flaps present in the skin. If it’s infected you will find swelling or sometimes even pus.

Sore Muscles

Sore muscles, otherwise known as muscular pain, is also an effect of overworking. This is visible if your dog is finding it difficult to get up after heavy exercise.

Most often dogs will refuse to exercise or even walk after that. He/she may not eat much after exercise. This is because it hurts to reach down for the food.

Under some conditions, they may develop a condition called exertional rhabdomyolysis. This causes tissue to break down, which can sometimes lead to kidney damage or failure.

Reduce the soreness by unsubscribing to a weekend warrior syndrome. As humans, you are busy throughout the week and therefore working hard during the weekends to stay fit. When you couple your dog into this, their body will revolt. Their muscles will not be conditioned to sudden exercise and will lead to fatigue.

Heat Sickness

Heatstroke or heat sickness is generally caused during summer. The body temperature increases above 106 degrees. This can be life-threatening. Most of the time dogs get dehydrated during this process and this can cause difficulty in breathing.

Big breeds such as Boxers, bulldogs have a greater risk because they do not have the tendency to cool off like other peers. It is best to not take them out on a run during warmer climates, just because your dog wants to exercise does not really mean that it is good for them.

Symptoms of Overheating:

Joint Injury

Joint injury is a sprain or strain caused in the dog’s joints. Toe joints are more susceptible. This is because dogs carry 60-70 percent of their weight in the front limb. Therefore, there is a lot of stress in their limbs.

There are cases when a dog has straight legs, in such cases, they put quite a lot of weight which the bone cannot take, and therefore it leads to stifle joints.

Breeds that are longer such as Dachshunds, Hounds, etc. are more susceptible to joint injuries when exposed to exercise. These breeds also are prone to backaches.

Behavioral Changes

If your dog likes to exercise but shows a sudden aversion towards it, then it is something that should concern you. You need to check with a vet immediately. Dogs need to exercise constantly in order to maintain physical and mental fitness. But, overworking a dog can cause issues that are beyond repair.

Here are a few symptoms to find out if your dog is exhausted:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty in breathing.
  • Dehydration
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Fever
  • Change in gum color
  • Lack of urine.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

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Dog Exercise: The No-BS Guide to a Healthy Pet

Author: Taylor Ritz

Dogs need daily exercise to remain physically and mentally happy and healthy. Just how much exercise, and what kind, depends on a seemingly unending number of factors. Factors like the age, breed, temperament, and the health of your dog play into their exercise needs. In addition to your dog, determinants such as the weather, facilities, toys, tools, and training play a large part in the daily exercise routines of both you and your dog.

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How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

This can be a tough question to answer. How much exercise your dog needs to be healthy depends on several different factors. How old is your dog? Younger dogs are usually much more energetic than older dogs, and too much strenuous activity can actually be detrimental to the health of a senior dog. What is his or her temperament and breed? Different dogs have different energy requirements. Some dogs may get tired after 5 minutes of fetch, while some can run alongside your bicycle for hours on end. Does your dog have a health issue? Many health problems, such as hip dyspepsia or arthritis, can severely limit the amount of daily exercise your dog should have.

How to Trick a Lazy Dog into Exercising?

Whether it’s old age, health issues, or plain laziness, some dogs just don’t seem interested in exercising. Sometimes a dog we think is lazy is really just unmotivated. To engage your dog in the exercise, sometimes you have to get a little creative and make physical exertion fun. Here are a few considerations to get your dog up and moving.

Is it better to feed a dog before or after exercise?

It is always advisable to feed your dog after the walk but not immediately after the walk. Leave a considerable time, say half an hour to 45 minutes, before you give him his meal. Feeding your pet while he is still warm and panting from his walk can cause digestive problems.

Everything you need to know about Muscle Building in Dogs

If your dog has the potential but he/she hasn’t built the muscle, then they might need a little bit of an exercise. If your dog is still a puppy then you might have to give them some time as puppies grow at a different rate.  But, if your dog is about 1-2 years, then it is time to concentrate on muscle building.

Exercise Tips for an Overweight Dog

According to the Obesity Prevention study, 55.8% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. That number equals about 50 million dogs. As we go through our busy lives, we humans often push exercise to the bottom of the to-do list for ourselves, so it is not surprising that so many of our dogs are suffering from obesity, too. Fortunately, exercising your overweight dog can be simple and fun for both of you.

Best Dog Exercises By Breed

While all dogs require exercise to live healthy, thriving lives, not all breeds are equal in this arena. Exercise programs should be catered to a dog’s breed, temperament, size, and confirmation. Some breeds, like the Border Collie, are high-energy working breeds that require immense amounts of exercise to remain physically and mentally healthy. Other breeds, like Great Danes, are very low-energy animals. In addition to the intensity and length of exercise, the type of exercise (agility, scenting, hunting, running, jogging, hiking, swimming, etc) should be catered to your dog’s breed as well.

Indoor Dog Exercises

When the weather is poor or the temperatures are too extreme to go play outside, you may be faced with an overactive, under-stimulated, bored dog. This can be a recipe for disaster, as bored dogs will find ways to entertain themselves in ways you may not like.. To mitigate this situation, it’s best to find something to occupy your dog before he or she finds something for you. There are many indoor exercises you can do with your dog to get both their mind and their body working hard, and hopefully, tire them out in the process. After all, a tired pooch is a well-behaved pooch.

Mental Exercises For Dogs

Dogs develop disastrous habits when they’re bored. Whether you have a puppy or a senior, a speed demon or a lazy boy, mental exercises are beneficial for all dogs. Great for days when you may be stuck indoors or in a small backyard, mental exercises can be just as tiring as physical ones. Using challenges in training, cognition, and problem-solving can get the gears grinding in your dog’s brain. All that thinking is hard work and hopefully will lead to a better-behaved, tired-out dog. Even better, these exercises will get you engaged with your dog and deepening your overall bond and understanding.

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

Did you know that 56% of all dogs were considered to be obese?  According to the Association for Pet Obesity, 50 million dogs in the United States are significantly overweight, leading to an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.

Fortunately, dogs can lose weight by decreasing the calories they consume and exercise, just like we do as humans. It is extremely important to always check with your vet on how to reduce calories without starving your dog or before starting any new exercise program.

In the meantime, here are some fun cardio exercises for you and your dog to do together.

Dog Exercise Equipment

When it comes to our dogs’ health, there’s not much we won’t try, especially in terms of physical exercise. Did you know there is exercise equipment for dogs? Canine exercise equipment is great for any dog to use inside, but is especially useful for dogs that have undergone surgery or otherwise require closely-monitored physical therapy. Older dogs can also benefit from utilizing exercise equipment, as they may not be able to sustain the energy for long walks or strenuous play sessions.

Ways to exercise your dog during winter!

Winter season is not ideal to spend a lot of time outdoors but your pets still need to burn off the energy and relaxHere are some of the ways by which you can help them get their exercise during winter.

Signs & Symptoms of Over Exercising in Dogs

Exercise keeps your dog fit. It helps your dog with various mental and physical benefits. It helps maintain muscle mass, which prevents injury, decreases obesity and maintains cardiovascular health.

 

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Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

 

Did you know that 56% of all dogs were considered to be obese? According to the Association for Pet Obesity, 50 million dogs in the United States are significantly overweight, leading to an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.

Fortunately, dogs can lose weight by decreasing the calories they consume and exercise, just like we do as humans. It is extremely important to always check with your vet on how to reduce calories without starving your dog or before starting any new exercise program.
In the meantime, here are some fun cardio exercises for you and your dog to do together.

Dog Walking & Hiking

Having a fenced yard is a must-have for many dog owners. In fact, most shelters and rescues look for owners to have fenced yards before approving potential adopters. However, it is important to remember that even though the fenced yard is a safe place to play off-leash and a handy spot for 3 a.m. potty breaks, it is not a replacement for leashed walks.

Leashed walks and hikes have dual benefits. Walks provide important mental exercise to dogs because of the mental stimulation that they get from smelling new scents along each new path. Walking your dog is also the easiest form of exercise to do together because the only equipment you need is a leash and collar or harness. But it is also a great and fun way to burn calories together, so both you and your dog experience the health benefits.

If your dog’s walking manners are rusty, many dog training facilities offer courses for dog owners specially created to help their dogs improve their loose-leash walking skills.
You can also find positive training methods for teaching loose-leash walking on YouTube and on the American Kennel Club website.

Varying your route is fun for both you and your dog. After all, who wants to walk the same route every single day? We suggest researching to find out which trails are available at your local municipal parks or nearby state and local parks. Remember to start with easy terrain, especially if your dog is obese or has joint pain or problems.

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Dog Swimming

Swimming is the best partner exercise to perform with your dog, and it is becoming easier to find a swimming spot with more and more indoor dog pools opening around the country. Not only are indoor dog pools open year-round, allowing your pet to swim even during cold winter months, but they also offer a clean environment and special water treatment methods that are safe for a dog’s skin and coat. Many also offer water therapy treatments for dogs with joint pain or mobility problems.

Of course, dogs have been swimming outside in lakes and streams for hundreds of years. However, blooms of blue-green algae can be deadly to dogs and it is not always easy for an average dog owner to know if algae are present or if it is the type that can hurt their dog. Saltwater can also be dangerous when ingested by dogs, so make sure if you take your dog to an outdoor swimming spot, you should be aware of the water conditions and prevent your dog from drinking the water as he or she swims.

Dog Parks & Doggie Daycare

Dog parks and doggie daycares both offer opportunities for your dog to meet and play with other dogs. Just like with humans, though, some dogs do not want to play with other dogs, so there are several steps to take before choosing to take your dog to an off-leash park or a doggie daycare facility.

Schedule a vet visit to ensure that your dog is up to date on all appropriate vaccinations and that their joints are healthy enough for running, jumping, and rough-housing with other dogs.

Meet with a professional trainer to learn about your dog’s body language, how to spot warning signs of fighting or aggression from your own dog or other dogs, when to step in and take your dog off a play session, and how to break up a fight should one happen.
Thoroughly research all daycare facilities to ensure that they practice collar safety, are sufficiently staffed, and are owned and monitored by knowledgeable, qualified staff.

Dog frisbee & fetch

Some breeds are more obsessed with balls and flying discs than others, but all dogs can enjoy a classic game of fetch. It is important to watch your dog and stop the game when they become visibly tired or overheated. Some dogs will hint that they are finished with the game when they no longer bring the ball or disc to you, but others are so obsessed with the game of fetch (like many Sporting and Herding breeds) that they would play all day if you let them.

Although a game of fetch seems like something a dog knows instinctively how to play, many need to be taught the basics of bringing the toy back to their human. You can find training tips on teaching your dog to play fetch at the American Kennel Clubs.

Dog Sports

Whether your dog is a pure-bred dog or a mix, there are dog sports for every shape and size. These sports allow dogs and their owners to do the activities for which the dogs were originally bred but in a fun and competitive environment. And if your dog is a mix of many breeds, you can try a variety of sports to see where he or she has the most fun.

Agility is perhaps the most well-known sport for dogs. Agility dogs navigate obstacles and compete to get the fastest time on an assigned course. Nose work, also called scent work, is an event in which dogs use their natural sniffing abilities to locate specific scents and mimic the work done by professional detection dogs. Nose work is gaining steadily in popularity, and dog training facilities often offer beginner courses to get you started. Lure coursing is perfect for dogs with a high prey drive who loves to chase. Hunt tests are for retrievers or other hunting breeds who are skilled at finding and retrieving waterfowl and upland game. Dog diving can be done by any dog who loves to leap into the water from a dock.

Dogs and their owners can participate in events just for fun or to earn titles and awards. The only dog sport limited to purebred, unaltered dogs in Conformation, which judges breeding stock compared to the breed standard. Otherwise, any dog can participate regardless of whether they are AKC registered and if they have been spayed or neutered.

Check out the American Kennel Club guide to getting started in dog sports at this link: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/get-started-in-dog-sports-and-events.

 

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Is Your Dog Overweight?

Author: Taylor A Ritz

What says “I love you” to your dog more than food?
We all love to share the excitement our dogs feel when they come running at the sound of the treat jar. We use food to connect with them, motivate their training, and provide rewards for a job well done.

Just like with us though, too much of a good thing can have unfavorable consequences. Too many treats or not enough exercise can quickly lead to a chat with your veterinarian about your dog’s weight.

So how can you know if your dog has a healthy weight or not?

Health Issues From Excess Weight

1 in 5 dogs in the United States is considered obese, and there is a good reason veterinarians are quick to tell you your dog is overweight; this issue is one of the leading health-related issues in dogs.

Being overweight can lead to any of the following conditions:
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer

Being overweight also causes dogs to have less energy and motivation, leading to further increases in weight. This is a slippery slope for your dog that could lead to even more weight gain and an increased likelihood of secondary concerns.

How to determine if your Dog is Overweight

Maintaining a healthy weight for your canine companion is paramount to them leading a healthy and happy life. Not only that, but a healthier dog is less expensive for you, so keeping your dog’s weight at an optimum level helps you and your wallet in the long run too.

Weight Charts

One resource available to you is weight charts. Especially for purebred dogs, one can consult a chart with breed standards to determine whether their dog is at an acceptable weight. Note that these charts are only helpful for dogs that are purebred and also within breed standards for other factors such as height. For example, if you have a border collie that is unusually tall, chances are their weight will not fall into the average breed range either.

Here are some examples of average dog weights by breed:

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If you don’t have a purebred dog, you’ll need to utilize alternative methods for ascertaining whether or not your dog may be overweight.

Body Condition Score

Body condition score is a 5-point scale for categorizing a dog or cat’s body shape. It focuses on the areas your pets are most likely to store fat on their bodies to evaluate their overall condition. This scale can be utilized for dogs or cats of any breed or type and is a standardized system utilized by most veterinarians.

The point system is assigned as follows:

  1. Very Thin: Ribs, spine, and hip bones are easily seen from a distance. Little muscle or observable body fat. Emaciated and bony in appearance.
  2. Underweight: Ribs and spine are easily felt. The individual has an obvious “waist” when viewed from above and a clear abdominal tuck. Usually thin, lean, or skinny in appearance.
  3. Ideal: Ribs and spine are easily felt but not readily observed. There is a waist when viewed from above and the abdomen is raised when viewed from the side. Normal and muscular in appearance.
  4. Overweight: Ribs and spine are hard to feel underneath fat deposits. The abdomen sags and there are fat deposits on the hips, the base of the tail, and the chest. Very little observable waist from above.
  5. Obese: Large fat deposits are visible over the chest, back, base of the tail, and hindquarters. The chest and abdomen may appear distended or swollen. No visible waist when viewed from above and no tuck to the abdomen.

Gauging your dog’s fitness level takes some practice, but guides like these can help you set a baseline for your pet to help them achieve optimum health. If you still aren’t sure if your dog is overweight, consult your veterinarian and ask any residual questions you may still have.

Getting Your Dog Back In Shape

Whether you suspect your dog is overweight or you’ve been told by your vet that your dog should shed a couple of pounds, there are relatively easy ways to address this.

Individualized Meals

Food is obviously the number one problem when it comes to overweight pets. Some owners leave food out at all times to let their pet graze, others simply don’t measure how much food their dog is getting.

Setting meal times and strict amounts of food will help your dog achieve a healthy weight. Try to feed your dog around the same time each day and control portions by using a measuring cup.

If you’re unsure how much to feed your dog each day, check the information on the bag: most commercial dog foods have feeding instructions based on weight. In the case of an overweight dog, do not feed to the amount recommended for their current weight, feed the amount recommended for their goal weight.

Exercise

Portion control is vital when it comes to shedding those pounds but strict feedings alone may not help your dog achieve that ideal weight. Daily exercise is important not only for the physical health of your pup but for their mental well-being also. Especially if your dog is overweight, begin exercise regimens slowly, gradually increasing length and intensity. Make exercising fun for your dog and you will watch the pounds melt off.

The Way To A Happier, Healthier Dog

Though the task may seem daunting, helping your dog reach a healthier weight is doable with a little commitment to a schedule. Don’t let those puppy-dog eyes derail you into overfeeding; a healthier weight for your dog will create a happier, healthier dog in the long run.

 

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Top 3 reasons why you should exercise with pets

 

Pets are very good for our health, no doubt about it. They help in lowering the blood pressure level, stress, and depression. When they’re so helpful in making us mentally healthy, sure they will help in maintaining our physical health, too.

3 Reasons why dog is the best partner for a workout

1. Dogs love their owners

Do you know that exercising with pets is much easier and you will start loving the work out sessions daily?  Pets love to spend time with the owner. Working with the loved once to increase the chances of making you healthy are high as 70%? Now can you spare 30 to 60 minutes with your doggie?

2. Pets make the best partners

Pets make the best partners in the world. Dogs are human to have the same pace. Both burn the same amount of calories when worked together. They are very clever, they never let you miss a workout session. Pets help in getting you consistent results. More than half of the pet owners agree that they have a very healthy lifestyle after getting a dog or working out along with their pets.

3. Never get bored

One interesting thing about dogs is “‘you will never get bored”. There are a lot of things you can do like running, biking, rollerblading, swimming, hiking, so on so forth with your dog but still not get tired or bored. The only thing to do is, if you plan a long play/workout with your pet, check the weather forecast before leaving the house. Carry sufficient water and bowel for your pet so both you and your pet will be hydrated.

Be careful, a dog should not get dehydrated. Read here to know more what dehydration is and how to handle it during summer.

Try out a new workout session with your pet today and let us know the lifestyle changes you made and how interesting it is to make a fitness regime with a pet.