Unfortunately, some people don’t think enough about exercise when selecting a breed, and they choose a dog who needs more exercise than they’re willing or have time to provide. Here are some tips to give your dog the exercise they need.
Dog Exercise Needs
In order to be well-adjusted pets, dogs need both mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis. The desire to “keep busy” is deeply ingrained in the majority of dogs.
How do I know if my dog is bored?
I know jogging isn’t a good idea — what exercises are appropriate for my pup until she’s full grown?
My dog isn’t big on fetch–is there any way to encourage her?
Question:My dog seems to enjoy having "tasks" to complete — is there a way to keep smart dogs entertained?Answer:Dogs don’t need to be “entertained” generally. They do need stimulation and activity, as do almost all living things. They don’t necessarily need play groups, expensive toys, or gourmet bakery treats. Nor do they need human food, […]
I want to leave something for my dog to do while I’m at work — what do you recommend?
What sort of outings are appropriate for older dogs?
Question:How do I know if my dog is getting enough exercise?Answer:Breed and age are the two big factors to take into consideration when determining how much exercise your dog should get. Adult dogs (between one and six years of age) naturally require more exercise than older dogs, and working, sporting, herding, and terrier breeds generally […]
Keeping your dog or puppy busy and happy
The signs of arthritis may be hard to spot. You might notice it takes Fido a little longer to get up in the morning and she seems to have a harder time moving around. Soon you realize that she’s in pain whenever she walks, jumps, or even sits up. It’s difficult enough to accept that […]
The JockPlays a vigorous tug of war with you, and is then ready to sprint to the dog parkIs always frisking around, and sniffing out new scents and experiencesMay come from a breed that was developed to do a high-energy job, such as hunting or herdingTop activities:Agility combines obedience with athleticism, with the dogs following […]
Going beyond fetch