I posted this article to remind me to exercise my doggie. I am moving to Florida this week to live with Max’s family and believe me their dog, Kaylee, needs all the exercise she can get! Thanks Wayne for the inspiring words. Kaylee appreciates it.
Winter is gone, spring is here and it’s time to grab the dog and start getting some good exercise. For most of us it was a rough winter and it was hard to get outside and do the things that our dogs enjoy.
Walking is the thing that comes to mind most often when we talk about exercising our dogs. It’s great for the dog and it good for us to. The more you walk the healthier you and your dog will both be.
You can even bump that walk up to a jog if you are in shape. Make sure you start off with walks for a few days first to get you and your dog conditioned to jog at those faster paces.
Another great way to exercise your dog is going for a nice long hike out in the woods. It will give you both a chance to get away from all the traffic and to be able to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.
If walking isn’t your cup of tea about going for a swim. You can use the family pool but for an even more enjoyable experience grab the dog and head to the beach, the river or even the lake. Most dogs really enjoy the water and it’s a great way to get exercise on a nice hot day.
Maybe you have a dog that like to retrieve a ball. Throwing the ball for your dog can be very enjoyable for your dog without making you work too hard. In fact you can sit under a shade tree with your ice tea while your dog does all the work.
OK, do you have a Frisbee dog? If you do, then this is the time to throw until he has had enough. There isn’t anything more fun than a Frisbee for a dog that has learned how to do it. I love seeing a dog flying through the air and catching the prize.
Now here is the best part that you may or may not be aware of. A dog that gets a bunch of exercise is a happy dog. As dog owners it is our job to make sure our dogs are happy and satisfied. It also builds a huge bond between you and your dog.
So whatever else you do today take some time out of your busy schedule and give your buddy some good exercise.
Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists, http://www.CanineBehaviorSpecialists.com in Nashville, TN where he helps people train their dogs and solve behavior problems. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of the Canine Behavior Specialists Network, http://www.K9-University.com.
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