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THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISING YOUR PET
While every dog breed requires different amounts of daily activity and exercise, there is one universal truth that crosses every breed class and size, and that is that some daily activity and exercise is essential to keeping your dogs physical and emotional health at an optimum level!
Lack of exercise will lead to obesity, poor muscle tone, heart problems; bone and joint disorders and will often result in emotional problems, boredom barking, destructive behavior, and anxiety.
A properly exercised dog will sleep better, suffer from left anxiety when left alone, will be less aggressive, and will be generally happier and more content.
You understand that exercise is good for you helping you to maintain a healthy weight, keep your muscles and joints flexible and helping you live longer and feel better. For all the same reasons, your pets need to get exercise too. Not only can exercise extend your pets lives; it may also expend some of their nervous energy and make them a little less likely to chew on the furniture.
Without you to lead the way, you’re pet is not going to run laps or do 50 sit-ups. So, as a pet owner, part of your responsibility is to ensure your pets get safe, enjoyable exercise on a regular basis. All pets need some physical activity to help them live a happy, healthy life.
Different pets require different amounts of exercise, so it may be best to have a chat with your vet before determining the correct level for your pets exercise.
Dogs can be great fun to exercise as they can get you out and about yourself. After your vet gives your dog a clean bill of health, start your pet on suitable exercise for beginners.
Just like people who aren’t used to exercise, dogs should start off slow. Moderately paced walking and swimming are a good way to start – then let your pet build their cardiovascular and muscle strength without putting undue stress on their joints. A daily 10-15 minute walking or swimming session is a good start and you can build to an hour a day if your pet seems up to it. If, after a few months your pet can handle long, fast walks without fatigue, he could graduate to jogging with you.
Make sure that you watch out for the following:
Cats are a little bit different than dogs, they’re designed for short, frequent periods of intense activity, rather than longer, slower-paced exercise sessions.
There are wide selection of toys you can buy to get your cat active, including “kitty trees” that will let your pet climb to the ceiling and mechanical animals that can be chased around the room. There are a few main ways you can entice your pet into activity:
Don’t use your hand or fingers as “bait” or as the object of teasing. This teaches your pet that it is all right to scratch and bite your hands.
Some cats can even be trained to walk outside on a leash