How to exercise your dog
Senior dogs may start having serious health problems as they age. Many of these problems relate to lack of exercise as a younger dog.
The bottom line is that the owner should not start exercising the dog only after it reaches an older age and starts having physical problems.
I exercise my little dog every day. We walk about 1 ½ miles. Although he is almost 10 years old, he seems to want to hit the trail every morning.
People say he looks like a puppy. He is so healthy and only goes to the vet for regular checkups.
I read an article in Dogstar.com. It’s entitled “Fitness Routines for Dogs” by Genie Tuttle CPDT-KA. The article discusses how to exercise your dog at a younger age to prevent health problems in the future.
Here is a quote from the article.
Canine fitness is a relatively new concept in the dog world, and is certainly not just for senior citizen dogs. Canine conditioning became popular a few years ago among canine athletes and sport dogs of all kinds, helping them to perform better, faster and stronger. While Corsa is beyond her racing years now, we are thrilled to have exercises, massage techniques and stretching moves to do with her to help her remain in the best shape possible at this stage of her life.
She walks on-leash slowly over Cavaletti poles to increase her core strength and focus on lifting her back paws up off the ground. Working on the fit ball (pictured here) helps with balance, stretching and stability. Corsa’s fitness routine also involves weight shifting exercises and stretches, using treats to motivate her to move and balance in these beneficial ways. Becoming adept at walking backward is important for her rehabilitation plan too, so we do that down the hall in our home.
Canine fitness is important for dogs of all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t require a huge time commitment. In just 10-15 minutes a few times a week you can greatly improve strength and mobility for your athlete or your couch potato.
Don’t wait to start a fitness routine at the “rehabilitation” stage, get in the game early (prevention is key) and have a healthy fit dog for years to come, knowing that, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”
The entire article can be found here.
Do you know how to exercise your dog to prevent future health problems? Do you have exercises you suggest. I would like to hear your comments. Thanks.