Pets and pet owners exercising together has exponential benefits!
People and pets alike need to ease into exercising. If you or your pets have not exercised in a while, exercising too much too fast can lead to sore, painful muscles. Check with your veterinarian for exercise tips specific to your pet.
- Better cardiovascular and physical shape
- Boost in mood
- Lower blood pressure
- Strengthened bond with your pet
- Motivation to keep exercising (your pet will bug you if you don’t)
- Better heart, lung, joint and digestive health
- Weight control
- Reduces problem behaviors
- Builds confidence and trust in fearful pets
- Uses extra energy
- Prevents boredom
How Much is Too Much?
- Exercise safely with your dog. Provide plenty of fresh, cool water and avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day.
- Choose the right type of exercise for your dog based on your dog’s age, size, and ability. Check with your veterinarian for suggestions.
- Puppies less than 18 months old should not exercise too long or strenuously as it can cause damage to bones and joints that are not fully developed.
- Older dogs and ones recovering from an injury should take it easy. Two 15 minute walks a day or swimming could be a better way to exercise.
- Leash walking may not give healthy, young dogs and middle age dogs enough exercise. Consider on-leash running, inline skating, or bicycling.
- Training your cat to exercise during the day will help them sleep at night since they are nocturnal.
- Cats need exercise like: