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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.


Pet Health

Mental Exercises For Dogs

Author: Taylor Ritz

While physical exercise is paramount to the health and happiness of your dog, mental exercise is just as important. Without sufficient mental stimulation, dogs may invent their own destructive pastimes to entertain themselves.

Mental exercises not only tire out your dog and give their brains a workout, but they also allow you to spend quality time with your dog and have some fun.

Here are some examples of some great mental exercises for your dog.

1. Obedience training

Whether you enroll in a class or work on training at home, obedience behaviors such as sit, stay, down, are essential. Each dog should know these behaviors for a variety of reasons, and they should be worked on consistently to make sure your dog doesn’t forget them. Keep training sessions short but consistent, between 5 and 10 minutes several times each week. Learning anything new is a great way to stimulate your dog’s brain.

2. Tricks

No matter how old your dog is, they can always learn new tricks. Any form of learning is stimulating to a dog. A quick search on the internet can give you a variety of behaviors to teach your dog as well as for instructions on how to do so. Common behaviors to teach your dog include shake, wave, high-five, spin, speak, stand, and crawl.

3. Help with the chores

Dogs thrive when they are given a job to do. A great way to stimulate their mind as well as give them a job (and help you out in the process!) is to teach them how to help with the chores. Maybe you want to teach them how to transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer, or how to put their toys back in their basket. These daily chores can be a great mental exercises for your dog that take place daily.

4. Learning the names of their toys

Another mental exercise for your dog is to teach them the names of things. There is a border collie reported to have learned over 1,000 individual words. Perhaps you may not teach your dog that many names, but “bed,” “crate,” or the names of specific toys may be achievable goals.

5. Clicker training

Much like teaching your dog tricks, clicker training stimulates both your dog’s brain and yours as well. Using a clicker is an effective tool for positive reinforcement training. The clicker creates a sound association as the sound of the clicker indicates a bridge between a behavior done correctly and the reward that follows. Positive reinforcement is a great way to stimulate your dog’s brain while also tightening the bond between dog and human.

6. Scavenger hunt

In your backyard or inside your home, create a scavenger hunt for your dog’s meal. Divvy your dog’s diet into smaller portions and hide them in various reachable locations. This will allow your dog to “hunt” for their food. Since we often feed the same food in the same amount day in and day out, a scavenger hunt makes mealtime into a mentally stimulating game with a delicious reward. Just make sure to remember all of your hiding places in case your dog needs help finding some of them.

7. Food puzzles

Much like a scavenger hunt, food puzzles can liven up mealtimes, making them more interesting and mentally stimulating. There are a variety of puzzle feeders available in the market for dogs and cats that can make them work for their food using their paws and nose.

8. Explore new places

Take your dog to see new sights and smells. This is an easy way to stimulate that busy brain without too much effort. A simple walk on a new trail or in a new park will have your dog’s brain firing on all cylinders.