Exercising With Your Dog

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on December 10, 2012

Please meet friend of the blog, Shri Patel.  She is a 3 year old healthy and physically active dog.  Her family makes sure that she is properly exercised and loves getting on that treadmill!  🙂

Unfortunately, many dogs do not get the appropriate amount of exercise.  Approximately 35% of pets are considered overweight. Like humans, this can lead to chronic health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Before starting an exercise regimen, it is a good idea to ask your vet a few questions.  Many dogs have breed specific restrictions/limitations.  Here are some questions to ask:

  • What is the appropriate amount of exercise my dog should be getting?
  • Are there any breed specific limitations my dog may have such as heat intolerance or joint problems?
  • Do I live in an area that may be too hot or too cold to be outdoors all year round?
  • Are there any other precautions I should consider?

Here are some exercise ideas for your dog:

  • play fetch
  • take your dog for a swim
  • go for a jog or walk with your dog
  • have your dog participate in agility training
  • try slowly getting your dog used to the treadmill…like Shri!  🙂 (must be careful to constantly supervise your dog)

Have a great time exercising with your dogs!!!!!

♥ ♥