A tired dog is a good dog!

A tired dog is a good dog!

A tired dog is a good dog!

-Exercising your dog -

How many times have we been faced with a disobedient or destructive dog? These are a classic signs of a dog that has excessive energy and no outlet for it. The best way to expend this energy is to exercise your dog. This includes both physical and mental exercise.

How to know when to exercise your dog?

If you find your dog pacing around impatiently it is a sign that they want to get out and lose that pent-up energy. However if they seem quite happy lazing around, a short walk would suffice for the day.

How much exercise does your dog need?

Hunting dogs such German Shepherds, Labradors, Retrievers tend to need the most exercise. Ideally they should be getting a minimum of 30 minutes of rigorous exercise on a daily basis. While dogs with snub noses do not need this much of exercise.

And older dogs?

With older dogs or dogs with disabilities obviously the quantity of exercise reduces and their schedule should ideally be adjusted to their capability. It is suggested that these dogs could take part in water activities. Water activities are known to reduce the chance of injury due to "repetitive impact".

Can I make exercise for my dog more interesting?

Second to a brisk walk, fetch is the most effective exercise for dogs and it keeps them entertained too. Chasing and finding the toy helps them use both their physical and mental energy. Here are some great fetch toys that dogs love!

Does bad weather mean I can’t exercise my dog?

When the weather is bad and you cannot take your dog out. Mental stimulation could be used in these situations to tire your dog out. These could include hiding treats and get your pet to search for it. The latest knick-knack in the market to keep your dog entertained is Snack Roll. This requires the dog to knock the toy around to allow for the food to fall through the holes. These can serve in keeping your pet amused too.

To conclude we need to understand that every breed of dog has a different threshold and hence different exercising patterns. We also suggest you visit your vet before deciding which mode of exercise would suit your dog individually.

Remember an engaged dog will help you share your home with a happy best friend.