Exercise Program: Get Your Dog Into shape

Your vet will tell you how long your pet should exercise each day. Find out what types of activities are best, based on your pet’s breed, age, gender, and current physical abilities. There are innumerable opportunities like walking, swimming, chasing, ball retrieving, and remote controlled toys. Here’s how you could go about exercising your dog for weight loss…

  • Consult your vet before starting any new exercise program with your pet.
  • If your dog has been inactive for a long time or is obese, start slow. You will give your dog a chance to adapt to an exercise routine while building stamina. Begin with short, frequent walks, and take frequent rests or sniff-breaks.
  • Avoid walking in the harsh sun. During summer, avoid hot surfaces that can burn your pet’s feet.
  • As fitness improves, you can provide more active sessions like uneven terrain or short jogs.
  • Don’t go running with your dog if the surface is not right. Running on concrete, asphalt, or other hard surfaces can put a lot of stress on your dog’s legs and puts them at risk of injury to their paws or paw pads. Ensure good paw care.
  • Let your dog carry their little backpack. Put water bottles or dry kibble in his backpack every day when you go for a walk.
  • Let your dog also walk off leash. They will tend to walk, run, and sprint, and burn up excess calories.
  • If your pet shows signs of limping, difficulty breathing, or seems to tire quickly, consult your vet.