Do you think your dog enjoy leisure and lazy life? Not as much as you think. Dogs must have a rich and fulfilled day. Organize it by combining physical and mental activities. At the end of the day, when they stick out tongue and go to sleep, you know you’ll make them feel useful and satisfied.
The dog’s body and mind require activity and stimulation, and as human, it is susceptible to decay and illness. Some procedures that you use to train it can be even more exciting and productive. You can improve your pet’s daily exercises to keep its good health and longevity.
Change Dog’s Exercise Routine from Time to Time
Dog likes challenges and being on the move. If you don’t have the time to take him out, you can make an improvised training area in your backyard. Set up a few obstacles, such as benches, a tunnel of boxes and hoops made of old car tires. In this way, the dog is active both physically and mentally.
Some types of dogs have a natural swimming instinct(1). It is a great aerobic exercise for your pup. If you are able, at least two or three times a month, take your dog to a lake or river. Or if you have a pool, don’t be afraid to let it in. This activity is not too demanding but stimulates all the muscles on the body of your dog.
During the walk, give your pet the freedom to explore and sniff around. Let your dog meet some new friends and play with them. Apart from being on the move and having fun, your dog develops social skills and won’t be aggressive around other dogs. If your pup is well-trained, it won’t go too far without you.
Make Its Walk more Interesting
A joint walk is something in which both the dog and the owner enjoy the same. The time you spend together needs should be quality and useful for your pet. One of the ways is to combine walking with running, but also to take your pup to the various terrains.
Change the tempo, from a light jogging to a sprint of several hundred meters. It will stretch out your dog and speed up its circulation. Also, frequently change the walking places, from dog’s park to the forest or field, where there’s no trace. Walking on various terrains will improve its coordination and agility.
The way of keeping your dog in good shape can be fun too. In addition to the standard fetch, you can learn your pup to play hide-and-seek. A simple game for a dog will represent a real challenge to both his body and mind.
Find something to distract your dog, like a toy or treat. Then hide at some available place from where you will shout it out. In this way, your pet will train its natural senses(2), like hearing and sniffing, in finding you. Increase the complexity of the game slowly, and each time, reward your good boy for finding you.
Work on Dog’s Stamina
If you want your dog to train more seriously and build a stronger musculature, it is necessary, in addition to aerobic exercises, to introduce strength exercise into the training routine. Exercising with weight build muscles and increase stamina.
Add minor weight to your dog by putting a tinny backpack on his back or with light-weighted west. But don’t start with this training to early; it’s acceptable for adult dogs. Also, these exercises are great for very active breeds, which are used for hunting or herding.
Stamina exercises imply that the dog trains in non-standard conditions. For example, running in the snow, through water and mud, or uphill is something you can perform from time to time. For indoors, dog treadmill can be a good solution because it has the option of changing speed and tilt.
Also, you can strengthen your dog’s muscles by making it pull the rope with you. Let it be a tight rope that it can’t rip easily, as neither you nor your dog would hurt.
Adjust Dog’s Nutrition to the Level of Physical Activity
An active dog will have an increased need for quality nutrition. Give it enough vitamins and minerals, and limit the intake of raw meat, industrial food and concentrates. There is no need for special supplements to keep your dog in better shape. Well-conceived training and healthy and quality nutrition will work.
Proteins and healthy fats build muscles. More muscles mean your dog will have less fat deposits, and therefore reduce the risk of obesity and diseases that follow this condition. The meat should be on the menu every day, but combine it with low GI veggies and carbs like rice.
Do not starve your dog but don’t force it to eat too. Adjust meals to the dog’s age, weight and the level of activity(3). An unofficial rule says that, what your dog doesn’t eat for half an hour after serving, put that away. Either your pup is full, either it wasn’t hungry.
Dog lovers will try to provide their pet with a healthy and active life. Even when you don’t have time, you can just walk your dog around the block. If that’s the problem too, there are ways to keep your pup active and entertained. It takes some devotion and investment but it’s worth your dog’s health and happiness.
You are the whole world to your pet. In a way, he’ll try to imitate you because you’re its role model. If you are inactive and lethargic, your dog will be like that. Make sure you have a healthy life, primarily for yourself, and then for your pet.
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