People are getting conscious of what they eat as well as losing weight. What we don’t know is that weight management is also a major issue for dog owners. We all want our doggy to live a healthy life, but the problems associated with obesity in dogs are just like in humans – risks of illness and death. If you want to make sure your dog gets in shape and stays in shape, you can learn how to properly exercise and feed your dog.
Dog health and fitness may be a bit tricky. Your doggy may seem fit, but then gets winded on short hikes or walks. Or, you may be struggling to keep your dog on its ideal weight. Having an ideal weight for dogs, instead of overweight, can actually add 2.5 years to their life. Destructive behavior could be a sign that they lack exercise. Chewing on the couch, destroying pillows, papers, toys, and garbage are all signs that the dog may have a lot of unused energy and is looking for something to do or a release.
Walks or play sessions can provide huge dividends when it comes to your doggo’s health. Not only will exercise help keep your dog fit and trim, but regular activities can also help channel your doggy’s energy in a positive direction.
Things to consider in maintaining your doggy’s fitness and health:
Regular visits to the Veterinarian
The Vet can examine your dog and provide advice on the exercise regime and a diet plan of your dog before starting any exercise.
Lessen giving treats
We usually spoil our dogs with treats and sometimes food scraps (table food). It is more advisable to give low-calorie treats that will encourage him to perform without negating his other calorie-burning activities. Always remember that there are healthy alternatives that your doggo can snack on.
Run Run Run
Run with your dog, but always keep his age in mind. Younger dogs can easily damage their joints by running repetitively on hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. Always visit the Vet to make sure that your dog doesn’t have any physical weakness that could make running dangerous for him.
Right Activity For Your Dog
Always remember that all dogs are different. It is very important to find a form of exercise that works for both you and your dog. For any activity, try to be aware of how your dog looks and acts. Stop if he is panting excessively, and find a cool or shaded spot for some relief. Dogs of all breeds can overheat.
Create a workout plan or routine that will give your dog the best exercise. Sometimes introducing another dog is the key to encouraging more exercise activities. Regular visits with a friend or relative’s dog can also help your dog meet his exercise routine.
Getting your dog in shape does not happen overnight. Just like humans, dogs with more extreme obesity need more time to lose the pounds. The good news is getting your dog into shape is not that difficult. You just need to build a healthy routine, good diet habits, and a lot of patience.