How to Encourage an Active Lifestyle For Your Dog

How to Encourage an Active Lifestyle For Your Dog

Most people are aware of how good it is for people to exercise at least three times a week. Among other important health benefits, exercise can help control weight, lowers the heart rate and blood pressure and helps with depression and mood disorders. Guess what? It’s the same for your very best furry friend, your dog. And it’s not just the more active breeds like Kelpies and Border Collies that need exercise every day but all dogs, whether large, small, or middling. The following variety of hints and ideas might help you to fit your dog into your own exercise regime, or get you both moving for your health and wellbeing.

Humans and dogs can suffer from stress and exercise can lessen the effects. Active dogs burn the stress and energy that is usually the cause of bad behaviour. They’re less likely to chew things they shouldn’t, and they’re less likely to dig up the garden out of boredom or stress. No more chewing your shoes or scratching the sofa. Dogs who exercise tend to be more confident and they don’t bark or howl at night but spend it sleeping, so taking your dog with you when you exercise helps them mentally and physically.  

Set Up a Routine

If you already have an exercise regime, you can start adding your dog into it by just taking yourselves for a walk, a leisurely still around the park or a brisk jog. Dogs in most Australian States, if not all, must be on a leash when they’re outside their home yard. If you’ve trained your dog to heel or walk on the leash beside you, then you’re miles ahead, but if not, some training might be in order. Apart from the embarrassment, it’s no fun being dragged along by an overly enthusiastic dog. In the beginning, you might find you can’t allow them to run freely on the dog-friendly beach or local park, but once you build a good relationship, you can. Your dog will look forward to these fun walks, and if you take a ball or a frisbee and play games they will be even happier. You can ride a skateboard and let your dog follow on the leash. The important thing is setting up a routine so your dog knows there’s fun in store.

Dogs Love the Beach

When you’re confident that your dog is obedient enough to come when called, take yourselves off to the beach. You can usually find which are the dog-friendly beaches on the website of your local council. Buy a dog seatbelt for the car, grab a picnic blanket and some towels and packed lunch for you and your pooch and have some fun. You can play, swim, meet other dogs and owners, (providing our dog and the others are socialised) and when you need a rest, you can sit on the blanket under a tree and watch the sea. Hint: One minute of swimming is equal to four minutes of running so leap into the surf with your dog and see who can get back to the beach first. Throw a rubber toy into the water so your dog can swim and fetch, but above all, have fun. Your dog will bond with you, and you’ll have a happy, healthy playmate.

Dogs Love the Park

Nobody knows why dogs love going to the park and rolling in the grass and eating it, but dog owners know their pooches go potty at the mention of the word ‘park’ if that’s part of their routine. If it isn’t part of their daily routine, then do your dog a favour and make his or her life a dream. Go for a walk to the local human park, or if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area, a dog park. Some dogs love to run as fast as their legs will carry them in the vast greenery, and others even play on the equipment. There are videos of dogs on swings and merry-go-rounds and even on skateboards! The park is a perfect place for training your dog, too – mind you, if other dogs go there, you’ll need to know how to socialise Bonnie and Mindy or Rover and Rex so they get along with the other dogs. Your dog or dogs will make plenty of friends and have the time of their lives in the park, so what are you waiting for? (But do take along a poop scooper and a bag).

There are some more fascinating and informative dog blogs on the Paws, Claws and Tails website. Read and learn how to discourage your dog from biting you while you’re playing, how to teach them not to run off, and you can find some other helpful advice as a dog owner and lover. Discover how to lodge a photograph and information about your dog’s abilities and talents so they can audition for advertising or TV shows. Email for more details.

Author’s Bio

Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including carpet cleaning, financial support and health care. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

I have a passion for dog training, behaviour and wellbeing. I have a certificate in dog psychology, behaviour and training.

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