One of the main health problems in dogs is obesity. In order to be in good health, our dogs need physical activities. The level of physical exercise will depend on the size and breed of the pet.
One of the most common mistakes we make with our pets is to treat them as ornaments. You come home to pet them a little and feed them, that’s not enough for them. Dogs cannot live in a sedentary lifestyle, they need at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
It is important to remember that before being domesticated, dogs lived a wild and savage life. They traveled great distances in search of food and fleeing from dangerous animals. At present they have all the possible comforts. Owners give them everything they need, forgetting the importance of physical activities for dogs.
What physical activities can my dog do?
Physical activity in dogs goes beyond appearance. Implementing a good exercise routine for our pets will help them enjoy good physical and mental health. When a dog’s energy is held back by a sedentary lifestyle, it can lead to anxiety problems. With this in mind, we recommend certain exercises that are not aggressive for our pets.
One of the most common exercises is to take your dog for a walk, as it has many benefits. The first is that they can experience different smells and environments. The second is that they make them more sociable as they come into contact with other dogs and people. Finally, it distracts them, they feel more confident and cheerful.
Another physical activity for dogs is the game of catch and chase. With this exercise we will be stimulating their need to hunt. It is also a lot of fun for your pet. With this activity your pet will be in constant movement and can drain all the adrenaline he gets from being locked up.
What factors should I consider when exercising my dog?
To know how much exercise your dog needs, you must take into account several factors. First of all, the age of the dog. We know that puppies have more energy than adults. But we must consider that he is in a growing stage, so he needs low intensity exercises. Elderly dogs also need to do exercises but taking into account that they should not be rough for their bodies.
Another factor to take into account is the temperature and time of day. Heat stroke is very common in dogs, so it is advisable to go for a run or walk with an average temperature of 18 to 20 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, it is advisable to go out to play or walk your dog in the morning hours. Exercise during the first hours of the day will help your pet burn off all the energy they wake up with.
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