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Posted on 03-29-2018
You and your dog need daily exercise, so why not make your furry best friend your best workout partner? Regular exercise promotes strong muscles, balance, heart health, good mood and helps prevent obesity – a leading health problem in dogs. Try these fun ways to work out with your dog: tips from your Radford veterinary hospital and pet pharmacy, Radford Animal Hospital.
No matter the season, there are plenty of ways to exercise with your dog in Radford, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Dublin. When it's cold, warm up with dance. Teach your dog steps, such as running through your legs, turning circles and jumping on hind legs. If your pup loves to fetch, work on your sit-ups, jumping jacks or squats during retrieval. Use a ball launcher for a longer retrieval distance.
Try a game of soccer. Kick a doggy soccer ball and encourage your pup to move the ball past you toward the goal with his nose or paws. When it's warm outside, hit the pool. Swimming provides a low-impact, full body workout and is ideal for senior dogs and dogs with arthritis or musculoskeletal disease. Throw flying discs and floating balls for your dog to retrieve.
Set a schedule to make exercise part of your dog's routine care. Pick a time that works best for both you and is at least 30 minutes after doggy's meal time. Start small and work up to 30 minutes daily. Keep water on hand and watch for signs of exhaustion or distress, such as rapid breathing, excessive panting, staggering or refusing to engage. Take breaks as necessary.
Ready to play? Call Radford Animal Hospital today at (540) 639-3891 to schedule a routine care appointment to ensure your dog's heart, lungs bones and joints are ready for workouts. Our pet pharmacy and retail store are stocked with tools for play, such as Kongs, plush toys and a variety of balls.
What is your favorite way to workout with your dog? Share below!
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